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Munoz produces for Cards in win

NL Central

CINCINNATI — Utility player Yairo Munoz wants his St. Louis manager to trust that he’ll produce in any situation. He banked a lot of trust on Sunday.

Munoz celebrated a rare start with a home run and a triple to help the Cardinals beat the Cincinnati Reds 3-1.

Munoz, making his 16th start among 55 games, also singled to finish with three of the six hits for the Cardinals, who improved to 7-3 since the All-Star break.

“I try to prepare myself to come into any situation that (manager Mike) Shildt puts me in,” Munoz said through an interpreter. “I try to have a good game, so he’ll trust me more.”

His second homer of the season in the ninth, off Raisel Iglesias, gave St. Louis an insurance run.

“He takes the right approach,” Shildt said. “He’s got the ability to change his approach during an at bat.”

Elsewhere:

n Francisco Mejia homered, Fernando Tatis Jr. drove in three runs and the San Diego Padres avoided the sweep, beating the Chicago Cubs 5-1.

Mejia and Tatis had two hits apiece for the Padres, who scored three runs in the ninth and have won just two of their last nine.

n Tyler Saladino had his first career grand slam, Mike Moustakas hit a go-ahead run-scoring single in the eighth inning and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-4.

Saladino broke out of a season-long slump with his first homer of the year, a grand slam off Alex Young.

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