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St. Louis at Cincinnati

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St. Louis (35-42)010000000151
Cincinnati (31-50) «00002300x570

Reds 5, Cardinals 1

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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CINCINNATI -- Once Kyle Lohse relaxed, everything was a breeze.

The right-hander rebounded from the worst outing of his career with one of his best of the season Saturday night, pitching into the eighth inning and hitting a sacrifice fly while leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 5-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Reds reached the halfway point of their season at 31-50, the worst record in the majors. It's their worst midpoint mark since they also were 31-50 in 2005.

This one meant a lot to Lohse (4-10), who had already reached double digits in losses and wanted to set things right after a rough time last Saturday in Seattle, where he gave up a career-high eight runs in a 9-1 loss.

"I go back and look at film, and it looks like I'm trying to do too much," Lohse said. "There's a fine line between trying to do too much and doing what I can."

On Saturday, he did it all.

His sacrifice fly completed a no-frills rally in the sixth off Adam Wainwright (6-7), who let the game get away because he couldn't find the strike zone. The Reds scored three runs on a single, three walks, a hit batter and the sacrifice fly.

Catcher David Ross also had a two-run homer off Wainwright, who failed to retire a batter in the sixth for his shortest start since May 15.

"After the fifth inning, it's 2-1 and I'm thinking I'm going to go six, seven, eight innings and keep my team in the game," Wainwright said. "I don't know what the heck happened in the sixth inning."

The NL's worst bullpen -- Reds relievers have a league-leading 18 losses -- preserved the win for Lohse, who gave up five hits and one run while striking out eight.

"Awesome. Outstanding," Ross said. "I've said time and time again that he's got some of the best stuff on the staff. We talk a lot about putting it together and trying to get into a rhythm, because when he gets into a rhythm, he's dominant."

Cardinals manager Tony La Russa fumed that Lohse got a lot of help from St. Louis hitters.

"No explanation, no excuses," La Russa said. "We just had a lot of bad at-bats. Nothing wrong with (Lohse's) stuff, but we've got to have better at-bats than that. It was way too easy. We've got to make it tougher on him."

In another demonstration of manager Jerry Narron's lack of faith in his setup relievers, closer David Weathers got the final five outs in a non-save situation.

"It was looking a little bit like last night," Narron said, referring to Cincinnati's three-run meltdown in the eighth inning of a 4-2 loss. "We weren't going to have anybody else trying to get those outs."

Thousands of St. Louis fans chanted "Let's go Cardinals!" after Yadier Molina hit a sacrifice fly in the second inning, drawing boos from the home fans who sounded outnumbered for most of the game.

An equipment oversight nearly cost the Cardinals in the first inning, when Chris Duncan tried to play left field without sunglasses. He lost Scott Hatteberg's fly ball in the harsh sun, letting it drop for a leadoff double.

Wainwright pitched out of the threat, saving his left fielder another measure of embarrassment, and didn't allow another hit until Josh Hamilton led off the fifth with an infield single. One out later, Ross ended an 0-for-14 slump with a homer to left field for a 2-1 lead.

Then, it was the Reds' turn to overcome an embarrassing moment and get the cheers turned around.

Ken Griffey Jr. led off the sixth with a walk, but had to be persuaded to go to first base. He lost track of the count and stayed in the batter's box after ball four, waiting for another pitch. With a little grin, he eventually went on his way.

The Reds loaded the bases on Adam Dunn's single and a walk to Edwin Encarnacion. Wainwright then walked Hamilton on four pitches to force in a run and end his outing. Russ Springer hit Alex Gonzalez on the arm with a two-strike pitch for another run, and Lohse finished the rally with his sacrifice fly.

Notes

Cardinals infielder Scott Spiezio was released from a hospital in New York on Saturday and returned to St. Louis. Spiezio had been getting antibiotics intravenously for an infection in his left index finger. ... Cardinals right-hander Braden Looper is expected to be activated off the disabled list and start on Monday against Arizona. Looper has been sidelined since June 16 with a sore pitching shoulder. ... Reds reliever Mike Stanton is close to returning from a pulled hamstring. He's eligible to come off the DL for the start of a series against San Francisco on Tuesday.

 
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Players of the Game
Cincinnati

K. Lohse
IP 7.0
H 5
ER 1
BB 3
K 8
Cincinnati

D. Ross
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 
St. Louis Cardinals
Aaron Miles, SS3010011 .310
Skip Schumaker, CF4000023 .196
    Kip Wells, P0000000 .346
Albert Pujols, 1B2010200 .306
Chris Duncan, LF3000132 .269
Scott Rolen, 3B3100003 .261
Juan Encarnacion, RF4000024 .263
Adam Kennedy, 2B4010000 .212
Yadier Molina, C3021000 .289
Adam Wainwright, P2000012 .280
    Russ Springer, P0000000 .000
   a- Ryan Ludwick, PH-CF2000001 .222
Totals3015139  
a-lined out for Springer in the 7th
Batting
SF - Yadier Molina (3)
RBI - Yadier Molina (14)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Rolen-Kennedy-Pujols
E - Aaron Miles (5, Misplayed grounder)
St. Louis Cardinals
Adam Wainwright (L,6-7) 5555431 4.81
Russ Springer 1000010 3.07
Kip Wells 2200120 6.30
HBP - A. Gonzalez (by Russ Springer)
Pitches-Strikes - Adam Wainwright 97-53, Russ Springer 12-7, Kip Wells 31-20
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Adam Wainwright 8-4, Russ Springer 1-1, Kip Wells 1-2
Batters Faced - Adam Wainwright 24, Russ Springer 4, Kip Wells 8
Cincinnati Reds
Scott Hatteberg, 1B4020002 .300
Brandon Phillips, 2B3000001 .269
Ken Griffey Jr., RF1100301 .289
Adam Dunn, LF4110003 .267
    Norris Hopper, LF0000000 .262
Edwin Encarnacion, 3B3110102 .272
    David Weathers, P0000000 .000
Josh Hamilton, CF3111122 .273
Alex Gonzalez, SS3001021 .255
David Ross, C4122013 .201
Kyle Lohse, P2001010 .192
    Mike Gosling, P0000000 .000
    Juan Castro, 3B1000001 .167
Totals2857556  
Batting
2B - Scott Hatteberg 2 (15, Wainwright, Wainwright), Edwin Encarnacion (10, Wells)
HR - David Ross (12, Wainwright)
SF - Kyle Lohse (1)
SH - Brandon Phillips (2)
RBI - Josh Hamilton (28), Alex Gonzalez (39), David Ross 2 (30), Kyle Lohse (1)
CS - Brandon Phillips (5, 2nd base by Wainwright/Molina)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - A. Gonzalez-B. Phillips-Hatteberg
Cincinnati Reds
Kyle Lohse (W,4-10) 7511380 4.77
Mike Gosling 0.1000010 8.31
David Weathers 1.2000000 3.18
HBP - Rolen (by Kyle Lohse), Miles (by Kyle Lohse)
WP - Kyle Lohse (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Lohse 112-72, Mike Gosling 5-4, David Weathers 20-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Lohse 4-8, David Weathers 3-2
Batters Faced - Kyle Lohse 30, Mike Gosling 1, David Weathers 5
Game Information
Attendance - 32538
Game Time - 2:45
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Rob Drake, First Base - Tim Tschida, Second Base - Jim Joyce, Third Base - Jim Wolf