Cincinnati at St. Louis

Cincinnati «1200002027151
St. Louis000000000050

Reds win sixth in row, slice Cards' Central lead to one game

CBS wire reports

ST. LOUIS -- A six-game winning streak built mostly against their biggest competition has the surprising Cincinnati Reds only a game back in the NL Central.

Eric Milton threw seven sharp innings and the Reds got homers from Felipe Lopez and Adam Dunn in a 7-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night.

"I think a lot of people were expecting us probably to get buried on this road trip," manager Jerry Narron said. "I think we're going to show people we're not going to go away easy."

Lopez hit his sixth homer in the first off Chris Carpenter for a two-day cycle after hitting a double, triple and single in his last three at-bats on Monday.

"I thought about it before my next at-bat," Lopez said. "I did it."

The Reds matched their season-best winning streak while guaranteeing St. Louis, which has lost four of five overall, its second straight home series loss after a 9-0 start at new Busch Stadium.

Before coming to St. Louis, the Reds swept a three-game series at Houston. They're 6-2 on the trip with one game to go.

Scott Rolen had two hits for the Cardinals, who are 1-2 since Albert Pujols went on the 15-day disabled list with a strained muscle on his right side. They scored 16 runs the first two games before getting shut down by Milton (4-2), Chris Hammond and Rick White, who combined on a five-hitter.

St. Louis is 14-16 against the NL Central after a 51-29 showing last season, and 7-14 against the Reds, Cubs and Astros after getting shut out for the second time. Both of the shutouts have come against the Reds, and both times Carpenter (4-3) was on the short end.

Carpenter, activated from the 15-day disabled list earlier in the day after missing two starts with bursitis in his back, labored through five innings for the Cardinals. He allowed three runs and nine hits with five strikeouts and two walks in his first appearance since May 19.

"I thought I was OK," Carpenter said. "I just needed to get back out there and not feel anything."

Milton baffled the Cardinals with fastballs and changeups, allowing five hits with three strikeouts and no walks to win his second straight start. He's given up three runs in 22 2/3 innings in his last three outings, lowering his ERA to 4.14.

"It's a good feeling," Milton said. "I'm pitching well and hopefully I stay on this roll. The team's playing well and it's a lot of fun."

Yadier Molina had two foulouts before singling in his third at-bat. Jim Edmonds had two popups and Juan Encarnacion didn't get the ball out of the infield in four at-bats.

"I think every time we were looking for a fastball he threw a changeup, and every time we were looking for a changeup, he threw a fastball," Molina said. "He's a great pitcher, one of the best in the National League."

Ken Griffey Jr., who hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in the ninth off Jason Isringhausen on Monday, had a pair of singles and three walks. He is 16-for-34 on the first eight games of the Reds' nine-game trip with four homers and eight RBI.

Consecutive one-out doubles by Scott Hatteberg and Brandon Phillips, plus an RBI single by David Ross, put the Reds ahead 3-0 in the second. Dunn hit his 18th homer off Josh Hancock in the seventh.

Hancock was released by the Reds in February after reporting to spring training overweight.

"That plays into it a little bit," Hancock said. "But it doesn't matter if it's them or the Augusta Green Jackets."

The Reds scored two runs in the ninth on RBI doubles by Dunn and Hatteberg.


  • Griffey presented the Reds' lineup card to umpires before the game.
  • Griffey singled off Edmonds' glove at 1B in his 8,000th career at-bat in the third.
  • Scott Spiezio, who missed the previous seven games with an upper respiratory infection, struck out as a pinch-hitter in the fifth.
  • Encarnacion was hitless in three at-bats against Milton and is 3-for-35 in his career.
  • The Reds are 5-2 against the Cardinals this season, although they're 15-27 against them the last three seasons overall.
  • Rolen is 18-for-44 (.409) with two homers during an 11-game hitting streak.
  • 3B Edwin Encarnacion has a mildly sprained left ankle, rolling when he was running the bases in the third. Narron said he's day to day.
Copyright 2015 by STATS LLC and The Associated Press. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC and The Associated Press is strictly prohibited.
CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
Conversation powered by Livefyre
Reds slugger Adam Dunn connects on his 18th home run of the season in the 7-0 win over St. Louis.  (AP)
Reds slugger Adam Dunn connects on his 18th home run of the season in the 7-0 win over St. Louis. (AP)

Players of the Game

E. Milton
IP 7.0
H 5
ER 0
BB 0
K 3

A. Dunn
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1

Related Video

September 15, 2015
MLB Top 10: Second half performers (2:14)
September 14, 2015
Reds eliminated: Heyman on what's ahead
September 11, 2015
Joey Votto loses it at umpire; gets ejected
September 4, 2015
Inside Baseball with Jon Heyman: 9/4
Cincinnati Reds
Ryan Freel, RF-CF5020001 .269
Felipe Lopez, SS5111013 .286
Ken Griffey Jr., CF2220300 .298
    Rick White, P0000000 .000
Adam Dunn, LF4223112 .237
Edwin Encarnacion, 3B2000001 .270
    Rich Aurilia, 3B2000001 .252
Scott Hatteberg, 1B5131003 .286
Brandon Phillips, 2B5131012 .312
David Ross, C5021013 .339
Eric Milton, P3000032 .188
   a- Quinton McCracken, PH1000000 .167
    Chris Hammond, P0000000 .000
   b- Austin Kearns, PH-RF1000002 .288
a-grounded out for Milton in the 8th
b-grounded out for Hammond in the 9th
2B - Ryan Freel (10, Hancock), Adam Dunn (12, Thompson), Scott Hatteberg 2 (12, Carpenter, Thompson), Brandon Phillips (8, Carpenter)
HR - Felipe Lopez (6, Carpenter), Adam Dunn (18, Hancock)
RBI - Felipe Lopez (23), Adam Dunn 3 (35), Scott Hatteberg (12), Brandon Phillips (34), David Ross (16)
Team LOB - 11
E - Adam Dunn (7, Dropped fly)
Cincinnati Reds
Eric Milton (W,4-2) 7500030 4.14
Chris Hammond 1000010 4.43
Rick White 1000000 6.94
Pitches-Strikes - Eric Milton 100-0, Chris Hammond 8-0, Rick White 7-0
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Eric Milton 3-16, Chris Hammond 1-1, Rick White 2-1
Batters Faced - Eric Milton 27, Chris Hammond 3, Rick White 3
St. Louis Cardinals
David Eckstein, SS4000011 .316
So Taguchi, CF4010000 .287
Scott Rolen, 3B4020001 .339
Juan Encarnacion, RF4000013 .249
Jim Edmonds, 1B3000003 .247
   a- Timo Perez, PH1000000 .167
Hector Luna, LF3000000 .288
   b- John Rodriguez, PH1000000 .319
Yadier Molina, C3010000 .206
Aaron Miles, 2B3010001 .285
Chris Carpenter, P1000010 .050
   c- Scott Spiezio, PH1000011 .297
    Josh Hancock, P0000000 .000
   d- Chris Duncan, PH1000001 .375
    Brad Thompson, P0000000 .500
a-flied out for Edmonds in the 9th
b-grounded out for Luna in the 9th
c-struck out for Carpenter in the 5th
d-grounded out for Hancock in the 7th
2B - So Taguchi (8, Milton), Scott Rolen (18, Milton)
Team LOB - 6
Outfield Assists - Juan Encarnacion 1
DP - Carpenter-Eckstein-Edmonds
St. Louis Cardinals
Chris Carpenter (L,4-3) 5933251 2.83
Josh Hancock 2322111 3.41
Brad Thompson 2322110 2.86
HBP - Encarnacion (by Chris Carpenter)
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Carpenter 96-0, Josh Hancock 35-0, Brad Thompson 37-0
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Carpenter 6-2, Josh Hancock 3-2, Brad Thompson 4-1
Batters Faced - Chris Carpenter 25, Josh Hancock 10, Brad Thompson 10
Game Information
Attendance - 43857
Game Time - 2:42
Temperature - 83
Umpires - Home - Tim Timmons, First Base - Joe Brinkman, Second Base - Jeff Nelson, Third Base - Derryl Cousins