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Cincinnati hands slumping St. Louis sixth consecutive loss

CBSSports.com wire reports
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CINCINNATI -- Edwin Encarnacion found it difficult to hit against Anthony Reyes when they played in the minor leagues.

The majors are another matter.

Encarnacion hit a home run and drove in three runs to back Bronson Arroyo on Wednesday night as the Cincinnati Reds handed the St. Louis Cardinals their season-high sixth consecutive loss, 5-1.

Encarnacion improved to 4-for-6 -- with all the hits home runs -- with six RBI in his career against Reyes.

"In the minor leagues, he was one of the nastier pitchers that I faced," said Encarnacion, who has 13 home runs this season. "I just see the ball and hit it."

Arroyo allowed one run over six innings and Brandon Phillips also homered for the Reds as St. Louis missed an opportunity to close in on first place in the NL Central and left manager Tony La Russa befuddled.

"What am I going to do, yell and scream at them?" La Russa said. "I don't see anyone not trying. We all share the responsibility."

The Cardinals are four games behind division co-leaders Milwaukee, which lost 7-4 at Pittsburgh, and Chicago, which beat Houston 3-2.

Arroyo (9-14) allowed six hits with no walks and five strikeouts in six innings to pick up his fourth victory in his past five decisions. He improved his career record in September to 14-6.

"It's the end of the season," Arroyo said. "Maybe the other guys are getting a little tired. I always feel good down the stretch. It's cooler. Obviously, you want to finish off strong. You want to feel like you've given your team consistent work."

The Cardinals had runners on first and third with no outs in the second, but Reyes bunted through a pitch for strike three and Aaron Miles struck out swinging before David Eckstein flied out to end the threat.

"You've got to give Arroyo credit," La Russa said. "A lot of times, we blame the pitching, but we only scored one run tonight, and we needed six."

Mike Stanton, Gary Majewski, Jared Burton and David Weathers combined for three innings of scoreless relief.

Phillips gave the Reds a 1-0 lead in the fifth when he hit a 3-2 pitch down the left field line and into the first section of seats in fair territory for his 29th home run, and first in 18 at-bats since Sept. 5.

After Adam Dunn walked, Encarnacion launched a 3-1 pitch from Reyes 437 feet into the upper-deck bleachers in left.

"Eddie hit that ball really well," Reds manager Pete Mackanin said. "You can see he looks comfortable at the plate. You can tell he's where he really wants to be. He's doing more like what we expected of him all along."

Reyes (2-14) went 3 1/3 innings, allowing four hits and three runs with two walks and a strikeout in his first start since Aug. 31.

"I started pretty good, then it started slipping away," Reyes said. "I was making pitches, then I hung a couple. I was trying to go with my curveball, trying to get them to hit into double plays."

St. Louis broke up Arroyo's shutout bid on singles by Rick Ankiel, Jim Edmonds and Ryan Ludwick in the sixth. Ankiel's leadoff single snapped an 0-for-19 streak.

Encarnacion and Javier Valentin added RBI singles off Randy Flores in the sixth.

Notes

  • Reds SS Alex Gonzalez, who missed the previous two games after leaving Saturday with a left leg injury, left after the third inning with a sore left knee.
  • Cincinnati CF Josh Hamilton left after five innings with a strained right hamstring. He missed games Saturday and Sunday against Milwaukee with tightness in his hamstring.
  • The Reds said 350 dogs -- and their owners -- were at the game, located in special sections on field level down the right field line, as part of a special promotion
  • The Reds completed the Aug. 30 trade with the Cubs for OF Buck Coats and cash by sending minor-league RHP Marcos Mateo to Chicago.
 
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Russell Branyan and the St. Louis Cardinals feel the frusturation mounting, losing six in a row.  (AP)
Russell Branyan and the St. Louis Cardinals feel the frusturation mounting, losing six in a row. (AP)

Players of the Game
Cincinnati

B. Phillips
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
St. Louis

J. Edmonds
AB 4
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
 
St. Louis Cardinals
David Eckstein, SS3000003 .296
    Todd Wellemeyer, P0000000 .091
Rick Ankiel, RF4110011 .301
Albert Pujols, 1B4000002 .318
Jim Edmonds, CF4030000 .249
Ryan Ludwick, LF4011013 .256
Yadier Molina, C4010001 .279
Russell Branyan, 3B4010020 .191
Anthony Reyes, P1000012 .077
    Tyler Johnson, P0000000 .000
   a- Brendan Ryan, PH-2B^SS2010010 .324
   b- Skip Schumaker, PH1000000 .305
Aaron Miles, 2B2000012 .302
    Randy Flores, P0000000 .000
    Russ Springer, P0000000 .000
   c- Miguel Cairo, PH-2B1010000 .240
Totals3419107  
a-struck out for Johnson in the 5th
b-flied out for Ryan in the 9th
c-singled for Springer in the 7th
Batting
2B - Yadier Molina (14, Arroyo)
RBI - Ryan Ludwick (42)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Branyan-Miles-Pujols
St. Louis Cardinals
Anthony Reyes (L,2-14) 3.1433212 5.69
Tyler Johnson 0.2000000 3.60
Randy Flores 1.1422000 4.65
Russ Springer 0.2000010 2.34
Todd Wellemeyer 2000040 5.16
HBP - Arroyo (by Anthony Reyes)
Pitches-Strikes - Anthony Reyes 68-38, Tyler Johnson 5-3, Randy Flores 21-14, Russ Springer 6-5, Todd Wellemeyer 30-21
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Anthony Reyes 4-4, Randy Flores 2-2, Todd Wellemeyer 2-0
Batters Faced - Anthony Reyes 16, Tyler Johnson 2, Randy Flores 8, Russ Springer 2, Todd Wellemeyer 6
Cincinnati Reds
Josh Hamilton, CF3000001 .292
    Norris Hopper, CF1000002 .324
Alex Gonzalez, SS2000001 .273
    Jeff Keppinger, SS2000000 .341
Ken Griffey Jr., RF4010000 .283
Brandon Phillips, 2B4221011 .288
Adam Dunn, LF3210110 .266
    Jason Ellison, LF0000000 .212
Edwin Encarnacion, 3B4123010 .288
Joey Votto, 1B3000122 .389
Javier Valentin, C3021001 .274
Bronson Arroyo, P1000001 .111
   a- Jorge Cantu, PH1000012 .268
    Mike Stanton, P0000000 .000
    Gary Majewski, P0000000 .000
    Jared Burton, P0000000 .000
    David Weathers, P0000000 .000
Totals3158526  
a-struck out for Arroyo in the 6th
Batting
HR - Brandon Phillips (29, An. Reyes), Edwin Encarnacion (13, An. Reyes)
RBI - Brandon Phillips (85), Edwin Encarnacion 3 (68), Javier Valentin (31)
SB - Brandon Phillips (30, 2nd base off Flores/Molina)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Keppinger-Votto, B. Phillips-Keppinger-Votto
Cincinnati Reds
Bronson Arroyo (W,9-14) 6611050 4.31
Mike Stanton 0.1100010 5.98
Gary Majewski 0.2100000 8.38
Jared Burton 1100010 2.61
David Weathers 1000000 3.39
HBP - Eckstein (by Bronson Arroyo)
Pitches-Strikes - Bronson Arroyo 92-56, Mike Stanton 9-6, Gary Majewski 7-6, Jared Burton 21-13, David Weathers 5-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bronson Arroyo 3-9, Gary Majewski 1-0, Jared Burton 1-1
Batters Faced - Bronson Arroyo 24, Mike Stanton 2, Gary Majewski 2, Jared Burton 4, David Weathers 3
Game Information
Attendance - 16167
Game Time - 2:38
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - C.B. Bucknor, First Base - Joe West, Second Base - Ed Rapuano, Third Base - Ed Hickox