Down by four runs early and two runs later the Cardinals found the power to rally in the game and return to first place in the standings.

Allen Craig's grand slam in the seventh pulled the Cardinals ahead for the first time in the game and lifted them to a 8-6 victory against the visiting Cincinnati Reds on Monday at Busch Stadium.

The win put the Cardinals 1/2 game ahead of Pittsburgh.

The Reds a charging club that has not been able to solve the Cardinals yet this season slipped to 3 1/2 games back. Cincinnati is currently in third-place in division but has ahold of the league's second wild card.

The Cardinals won for the eighth time in 10 games.

Closer Edward Mujica worked a scoreless ninth for his 35th save of the season. Carlos Martinez got the win -- his first major-league victory -- for two innings of relief work after starter Tyler Lyons righted his outing for five innings.

The Reds stormed to a 4-0 lead in the second inning against Lyons and the Cardinals had to chip away -- with the longball. The Cardinals entered this series with one of the lowest homer totals at home in the majors. They crushed two off the Reds to carry them to a victory. Matt Holliday had the first dent in the scoreboard with a three-run shot into Big Mac Land. That cleaved the Reds' lead down to 4-3.

Craig's blast put them ahead.