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St. Louis at Cincinnati

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Reds 6, Cardinals 5

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CINCINNATI -- The St. Louis Cardinals are hoping their latest injury is gone by the time the playoffs arrive.

Rich Aurilia drove in three runs with a homer and a single Tuesday night, rallying the Cincinnati Reds to a 6-5 victory over the NL Central champions in a game that had little meaning for either team.

Until Mark Grudzielanek hit the ground, that is.

The Cardinals have won 95 games even though the everyday lineup has been battered by injuries. They suffered another on Tuesday when their second baseman twisted his right ankle in a collision with Reds first baseman Javier Valentin while running out a grounder.

A few hours later, it appeared the Cardinals would get lucky this time.

"It stung a little bit, but I'm fine now, really," Grudzielanek said. "I don't see it swelling."

Grudzielanek has missed games in the last month because of a sore back and knee. He smacked into Valentin -- who was trying to field an errant throw -- and spun around before landing awkwardly. He sat on the field with a grimace for several minutes, then walked off slowly.

With two weeks left before the playoffs, manager Tony La Russa wants to keep his regulars sharp by keeping them in the lineup most of the time. The Cardinals reached the World Series last year but were swept by Boston.

La Russa was relieved that Grudzielanek's injury didn't appear to be serious, leaving him listed as day-to-day.

"He's feeling better," La Russa said. "It was just a freak thing. You hope it's not serious."

The Reds won for only the fourth time in 11 games this season against the Cardinals, who clinched the division title over the weekend. The Reds remained one loss away from guaranteeing their fifth straight season without a winning record -- their deepest rut since they went from 1945-55 without a winning record.

The victory put them in line to break another bad streak -- four straight losing seasons at home, their longest such stretch since 1929-34. One more victory during the homestand will end that one.

"There are certain things we want to play for," Aurilia said. "We want to finish above .500 at home. The win tonight helped us out a lot."

Jeff Suppan failed in his bid for his 16th win. The left-hander gave up Aurilia's two-run homer in the first and his RBI single in the fifth, which tied it at 5-all. Adam Dunn also had a two-run double that let the Reds match their franchise record of 312 two-base hits in a season.

"The three guys I walked all scored," said Suppan, who gave up only two earned runs in his last four starts. "I was able to stay out of trouble for the most part, but they had some good at-bats against me. They saw a lot of pitches and fought off a lot of pitches."

All the Cardinals' runs were unearned, following a throwing error by All-Star shortstop Felipe Lopez in the third. Josh Hancock (1-0), sidelined most of the season by a groin injury, threw one perfect inning to get the win. David Weathers pitched the ninth for his 14th save.

Left-hander Randy Keisler, who was moved from the bullpen to replace struggling starter Luke Hudson, thought he had escaped a bases-loaded threat in the third when Grudzielanek grounded to Lopez with two outs. The errant throw let in two runs and set up the collision between Grudzielanek and Valentin.

Two pitches later, John Gall hit his second major-league homer for a 5-2 lead. It was the NL-leading 200th homer off Cincinnati's staff, which gave up 236 last season.

Gall threw out Lopez at the plate when he tried to score in the seventh, keeping it tied at 5-all. Valentin followed with an RBI single off Ray King (4-3), a pleasing sight for interim manager Jerry Narron.

"We don't have a lot of guys who have been in a pennant race," Narron said. "I've preached to the guys how important one pitch is, not just one at-bat. In the next 12 games, I'd like to see them grind it out pitch by pitch."

Notes

A specialist examined Reds OF Ken Griffey Jr., sidelined since he strained his right foot while running the bases on Sept. 4. No serious injury was detected, and Griffey remains day-to-day. ... Reds broadcaster Marty Brennaman was honored on the field before the game for his upcoming induction into the National Radio Hall of Fame. ... It was Valentin's first start of the season at first base and the fourth of his career. ... The 1999 Reds also hit 312 doubles.

 
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Players of the Game
Cincinnati

R. Aurilia
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
St. Louis

J. Gall
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
 
St. Louis Cardinals
David Eckstein, SS4110012 .288
   a- Larry Walker, PH1010000 .279
So Taguchi, CF4110011 .291
    Al Reyes, P0000000 .000
   b- John Mabry, PH1000001 .246
Albert Pujols, 1B4100104 .334
Reggie Sanders, RF4000014 .268
    Skip Schumaker, RF-CF0000000 .250
Mark Grudzielanek, 2B1000100 .293
    Scott Seabol, PR-3B2120000 .216
John Gall, LF4113013 .250
Yadier Molina, C4010010 .261
Hector Luna, 3B-2B2000202 .268
Jeff Suppan, P0000100 .200
   c- Chris Duncan, PH1000010 .000
    Brad Thompson, P0000000 .167
    Ray King, P0000000 .000
    John Rodriguez, RF1000000 .296
Totals335735617 
a-singled for Eckstein in the 9th
b-lined out for Reyes in the 9th
c-struck out for Suppan in the 6th
Batting
HR - John Gall (2, Keisler)
SH - Jeff Suppan (6)
RBI - John Gall 3 (10)
2-OUT RBI - John Gall 3 (8)
SB - Hector Luna (9, 3rd base off Standridge/LaRue)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - John Gall 1
E - Jeff Suppan (1, Wild throw)
St. Louis Cardinals
Jeff Suppan 5455461 3.72
Brad Thompson 1.1200020 2.79
Ray King (L,4-3) 0.1211000 2.95
Al Reyes 1.1000020 2.29
IBB - Dunn by Jeff Suppan
HBP - Dunn (by Ray King)
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Suppan 99-57, Brad Thompson 21-16, Ray King 9-5, Al Reyes 19-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Suppan 8-1, Brad Thompson 1-1, Al Reyes 2-0
Batters Faced - Jeff Suppan 23, Brad Thompson 6, Ray King 3, Al Reyes 4
Cincinnati Reds
Ryan Freel, 2B-CF4110011 .272
Felipe Lopez, SS3110101 .285
Adam Dunn, LF1212200 .248
Rich Aurilia, 3B4133003 .282
Javier Valentin, 1B4011023 .295
Austin Kearns, RF4000022 .237
Jason LaRue, C4010020 .262
Wily Mo Pena, CF4000011 .255
    Ray Olmedo, 2B0000000 .210
Randy Keisler, P1000000 .250
   a- Aaron Holbert, PH0100100 .263
    Jason Standridge, P0000000 .000
   b- Edwin Encarnacion, PH1000011 .224
    Josh Hancock, P0000000 .000
    Todd Coffey, P0000000 .000
   c- Jacob Cruz, PH1000010 .252
    David Weathers, P0000000 .000
Totals3168641012 
a-walked for Keisler in the 5th
b-struck out for Standridge in the 6th
c-struck out for Coffey in the 8th
Batting
2B - Adam Dunn (33, Suppan)
HR - Rich Aurilia (14, Suppan)
RBI - Adam Dunn 2 (94), Rich Aurilia 3 (63), Javier Valentin (46)
2-OUT RBI - Rich Aurilia 3 (27), Javier Valentin (19)
SB - Aaron Holbert (1, 2nd base off Suppan/Molina)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Aurilia-Valentin
E - Jason LaRue (5, Wild throw), Felipe Lopez (15, Wild throw)
Cincinnati Reds
Randy Keisler 5450431 5.85
Jason Standridge 1000130 4.40
Josh Hancock (W,1-0) 1000000 2.35
Todd Coffey (H,3) 1200000 4.07
David Weathers (S,14) 1100000 3.54
Pitches-Strikes - Randy Keisler 87-50, Jason Standridge 17-13, Josh Hancock 6-4, Todd Coffey 11-7, David Weathers 10-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Randy Keisler 7-6, Josh Hancock 1-2, Todd Coffey 1-1, David Weathers 1-2
Batters Faced - Randy Keisler 24, Jason Standridge 4, Josh Hancock 3, Todd Coffey 4, David Weathers 4
Game Information
Attendance - 16587
Game Time - 2:52
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Angel A. Hernandez, First Base - Greg Gibson, Second Base - Tom Hallion, Third Base - Chris Guccione