Another trip to Busch Stadium, another series loss for the Cincinnati Reds, honestly this is getting so routine for them.
Rallying from an early four-r
un deficit Tuesday night, the St. Louis Cardinals won their 26th series in Cincinnati’s last 31 visits with a 7-5 victory.
Left fielder Matt Holliday’s two-out, two-run double in the bottom of the sixth off reliever Logan Ondrusek, gave St. Louis its first lead at 6-5. It went off the glove of right fielder Jay Bruce, who drifted to the warning track and couldn’t make what would have been a leaping catch.
Center fielder Peter Bourjos tacked on insurance in the seventh with his third hit, an RBI single to left-center.
Starting pitcher Lance Lynn got his second win in five days against the Reds despite allowing eight hits and five runs, all earned, in six innings. Lynn walked none and struck out four.
Three Cardinals relievers picked up the last nine outs, with Trevor Rosenthal working around a leadoff hit to earn his third save.
Cincinnati starter Homer Bailey gave up nine hits and four runs over five innings, walking two and fanning five. He left with a 5-4 lead, but Ondrusek and fellow reliever J.J. Hoover gave up three runs in two combined innings.
Cincinnati jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Right fielder Jay Bruce lined a two-run triple to right-center field and left fielder Ryan Ludwick drove in Bruce with a sacrifice fly to left.
Center fielder Billy Hamilton made it 4-0 in the second with a two-out RBI single to center that scored catcher Devin Mesoraco, who doubled in his first at-bat of the season after being activated from the disabled list on Monday.
St. Louis cameback in the bottom of the second. Catcher Yadier Molina aka the “Reds killer,” crushed a leadoff homer to left, his third of the year. With two outs, third baseman Matt Carpenter lined an RBI single and second baseman Kolten Wong tied it with a two-run triple down the right field line.
Ludwick regain the lead for the Reds at 5-4 in the fifth with a run-scoring groundout to second.
So, this team sits at 2-6, and will look to avoid a sweep tomorrow afternoon. This obviously favors the Cardinals, Mike Leake goes on the mound for Cincinnati and Shelby Miller for St Louis. First pitch is at 1:45pm.