Ankiel slam lifts Cardinals over Reds

Rick Ankiel added another chapter to his improbable comeback story, belting a grand slam to lift the St. Louis Cardinals over the Cincinnati Reds, 8-5, in the opener of a three-game series at Busch Stadium. The pitcher-turned-slugger now has five homers and 14 RBI in just 17 games for the Cardinals, who moved to within two games of the Chicago Cubs for the NL Central lead. Yadier Molina hit a two-run homer.