Cincinnati at St. Louis

Venue: Busch Stadium
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While Matt Holliday is producing at the plate recently, Lance Lynn's run of success dates to last year.

As Lynn goes for a 10th straight win, Holliday looks to continue pounding the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday when the St. Louis Cardinals try to take this three-game series.

Holliday is hitting .370 over the past seven games, increasing his season average 43 points to .276.

The left fielder hit a two-run homer to power Tuesday's 2-1 win over Cincinnati and help end the Cardinals' three-game losing streak, which included a defeat by the same score in the series opener Monday.

"The guy is a beast," Reds starter Bronson Arroyo said after Holliday's third homer of the season doomed him to a loss. "He's solid and he swings the bat about as hard as anyone in the game. There's only a handful of guys that hit the ball with such a low trajectory and get it out."

Holliday is batting .400 with 12 RBIs during a 14-game hitting streak against the Reds. He's 12 for 27 with three doubles, a triple and two homers against Homer Bailey, Cincinnati's scheduled starter.

The Cardinals (15-11) may also feel confident with Lynn (4-0, 3.10 ERA) taking the mound.

The right-hander is 9-0 with a 2.63 ERA in 10 regular-season games - nine starts - dating to a loss in relief to Milwaukee on Sept. 7. That stretch includes winning all five home starts behind a 2.10 ERA, including a 5-1 victory over the Reds (15-13) on April 9 as he struck out 10 in six innings.

He's vying to become the first Cardinal to win 10 straight regular-season decisions since Chris Carpenter's 11 in a row July 5-Sept. 7, 2009.

Lynn has been particularly dominant in his last two starts, yielding one run and three hits over 14 innings while striking out 17.

"I thought I had a pretty good season last year," said Lynn, who had 18 wins and was an All-Star in 2012. "I was just trying to build off of that. That's where we're at; just trying to improve every time out. I'm doing that thus far."

He'll have to contend with a hot-hitting Brandon Phillips, who is 7 for 16 with three RBIs in four games. The second baseman has a .361 average over his past 15 meetings with St. Louis, while going 2 for 5 versus Lynn.

Bailey (1-2, 2.81) is taking the mound in search of his first win at St. Louis.

The right-hander is 0-4 with a 6.93 ERA in six starts there, getting battered in the most recent April 10. He surrendered seven runs and nine hits - three homers - in five innings of a 10-0 loss.

Bailey has since been terrific in three starts, compiling a 1.29 ERA with 24 strikeouts in 21 innings. However, he has an 0-1 record to show for it because he's been backed by a mere two runs.

The bats let him down again in Friday's 1-0 road loss to the Nationals, as he yielded one run in seven innings opposite Jordan Zimmermann's one-hitter.

Carlos Beltran homered off Bailey earlier this month and is coming off a three-hit effort Tuesday, giving him a .386 average in his last 12 games.

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Probable Starters

Homer Bailey, RHP
2013 stats
32.0 Innings Pitched 29.0
1-2 Wins-Losses 4-0
2.81 Earned Run Average 3.10
9 Walks 13
32 Strikeouts 34
92 Pitches Per Start 101
Career vs. opponent
73.1 Innings Pitched 12.0
3-8 Wins-Losses 1-0
5.52 Earned Run Average 4.50

Lance Lynn, RHP
Weather
weather image  Mostly sunny. Warm.
Hi TempLo TempWindHumidityPrecip %
82°F61°F12mph/SE47%25%
Standings
TeamStandingsWLPct.GBL 10Strk
Cincinnati4th NL Central7686.469145-5 W 2
St. Louis1st NL Central9072.556-6-4 W 1
BATTER VS. PITCHER (Career)
vs Lance Lynn
PlayerABHHRBBSOAVG
Latos110001.000
Cozart63100.500
Robinson21001.500
Phillips52001.400
Choo31002.333
 
BATTER VS. PITCHER (Career)
vs Homer Bailey
PlayerABHHRBBSOAVG
Miller110001.000
Garcia21000.500
Carpenter84002.500
Robinson21000.500
Wainwright21000.500
 

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Game Odds
AwayLineHomeLine
Cincinnati 115 St. Louis -125
Injuries
Cincinnati
PlayerInjury
D. AxelrodOblique
H. BaileyElbow, neck
T. BellElbow
M. LatosElbow
S. MarshallShoulder
S. SchumakerShoulder
J. VottoQuadriceps
St. Louis
PlayerInjury
J. GarciaShoulder
Y. MolinaOblique
S. RobinsonShoulder
K. SiegristHand
 
Series Game Log
DateatResult/TimeWinnerLoser
Apr 5CHC 8:05 PM EDT  
Apr 7CHC 8:05 PM EDT  
Apr 8CHC 2:20 PM EDT  
May 4STL 8:15 PM EDT  
May 5STL 8:15 PM EDT  
May 6STL 8:15 PM EDT  
May 7STL 1:45 PM EDT  
Jun 26STL 8:15 PM EDT  
Jun 27STL 7:15 PM EDT  
Jun 28STL 2:15 PM EDT  
Jul 6CHC 8:05 PM EDT  
Jul 7CHC 8:05 PM EDT  
Jul 8CHC 8:05 PM EDT  
Sep 7STL 2:15 PM EDT  
Sep 8STL 8:15 PM EDT  
Sep 9STL 1:45 PM EDT  
Sep 18CHC 2:20 PM EDT  
Sep 19CHC   
Sep 20CHC