St. Louis at Cincinnati

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Reds 7, Cardinals 2

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CINCINNATI -- The St. Louis Cardinals aren't exactly rolling into the National League playoffs.

The Central Division-champions lost for the fourth time in five games as Jay Bruce homered twice and had a career-high five RBI to lead the Cincinnati Reds to a 7-2 win on Tuesday night.

St. Louis manager Tony La Russa is concerned that the Cardianls might be too relaxed.

"You want to compete the best you can," La Russa said. "You don't want to turn anything off. You can't turn it off and turn it on. Nobody is that good."

  Playoff Race

Joel Pineiro (15-12) allowed seven runs and eight hits in six innings to fall to 1-3 in his last four starts for the Cardinals, who wrapped up the NL Central title with a 6-3 win at Colorado on Saturday.

"I got behind a lot of hitters," Pineiro said. "I left a lot of balls up. It was not a good day for me all around. I was not getting out in front. I was trying to throw the ball around the plate but the ball was moving a lot. When I got ahead, I couldn't finish them. When I got behind I wanted to challenge them. I didn't want to give them a walk. I got too much of the plate and when I did they hit it hard.

"I'm glad I get one more start. I want to finish on a good note. I need to fine tune some things and get ready for the next level."

Albert Pujols, who entered with an NL record-tying five grand slams this season, just missed another one when he hit a sacrifice fly in the fifth off Homer Bailey that center fielder Willy Taveras caught just short of the warning track. The Cardinals slugger went 1 for 3, leaving him with a .328 batting average.

"I knew he got under it a little bit, but it's still a little scary, especially in this ballpark," Bailey said. "Somebody as strong as he is can pop it up and it still will go over the fence. That was a big sigh of relief for me."

David Freese hit his first career homer for St. Louis in the ninth.

Bailey pitched seven solid innings and Joey Votto also connected for the Reds, who have won seven of eight. Brandon Phillips added two hits.

Bailey (7-5) allowed one run and seven hits to improve to 5-1 with a 1.89 ERA in his last eight starts.

"Bailey threw the ball great," La Russa said. "He hit the catcher's glove all night long. We got a lot of hits but when the pitcher is throwing like that you're not going to do a lot."

Bailey also earned his first career win against a St. Louis lineup that impresses Reds manager Dusty Baker.

"They have a good lineup -- one of the best around, and they don't even have [Yadier Molina], who's a good clutch hitter," Baker said.

Bruce got Cincinnati off to fast start in the second, hitting a 3-1 pitch into the visitors' bullpen in right for a three-run homer. Phillips led off the inning with an infield single and Scott Rolen followed with a walk.

It was Bruce's 21st homer and second in his last three at-bats. He went deep in the ninth inning Saturday in Houston and grounded out as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning on Sunday.'

Bruce is 12 for 32 with four homers and 16 RBI in 13 games, including six starts, since missing two months with a fractured right wrist. He credited his sudden surge to a change in his footwork.

"I stopped double-tapping," he said, referring to eliminating an extra step with his front foot. "That gives me more time to see the ball."

Votto hit his 24th homer in the third and the Reds added three more in the sixth to make it 6-1. Rolen hit an RBI single before Bruce hit a drive into the seats in right-center.

Notes

Bruce has five multihomer games in his career, three this season. ... St. Louis 3B Troy Glaus pinch-hit in the seventh inning in his first appearance since being sidelined since Sept. 12 with a strained muscle in his left side. Glaus was activated on Sept. 1 after spending the entire season on the DL while coming back from right shoulder surgery late in spring training. Glaus hit .176 in eight games before his latest injury. ... Molina has "a great chance" to play in Cincinnati, La Russa said. Molina left Saturday's game in Colorado with a bruised left knee. ... Cardinals C Matt Pagnozzi made his major league debut, entering the game in the bottom of the seventh. ... Pete Rose watched part of the game from field-level seats behind the plate. ... Bailey improved to 1-3 with a 7.06 ERA in five career starts against the Cardinals.

 
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Players of the Game
Cincinnati

J. Bruce
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 5
Cincinnati

H. Bailey
IP 7.0
H 7
ER 1
BB 1
K 7
 

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St. Louis Cardinals
Skip Schumaker, 2B3010111 .303
    Matt Pagnozzi, C0000100 .000
Julio Lugo, SS-2B5010003 .281
Albert Pujols, 1B3011000 .328
    Mitchell Boggs, P0000000 .071
Matt Holliday, LF4020013 .313
    Tyler Greene, PR-SS0000000 .215
Colby Rasmus, CF4010001 .254
Ryan Ludwick, RF4000011 .268
Mark DeRosa, 3B-2B^LF4000022 .252
Jason LaRue, C2120000 .253
   a- Joe Thurston, PH1000000 .228
    Todd Wellemeyer, P0000000 .128
    David Freese, 1B1111000 .208
Joel Pineiro, P2000022 .141
   b- Troy Glaus, PH-3B2000000 .158
Totals3529227  
a-flied out for LaRue in the 7th
b-flied out for Pineiro in the 7th
Batting
2B - Matt Holliday (38, Burton)
HR - David Freese (1, Ramirez)
SF - Albert Pujols (8)
RBI - Albert Pujols (133), David Freese (3)
SB - Albert Pujols (16, 2nd base off Bailey/Hernandez)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Schumaker-Lugo-Pujols
St. Louis Cardinals
Joel Pineiro (L,15-12) 6877113 3.44
Todd Wellemeyer 1000100 5.76
Mitchell Boggs 1000000 4.29
HBP - Janish (by Joel Pineiro)
Pitches-Strikes - Joel Pineiro 88-55, Todd Wellemeyer 19-8, Mitchell Boggs 11-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joel Pineiro 10-6, Todd Wellemeyer 1-2, Mitchell Boggs 2-1
Batters Faced - Joel Pineiro 27, Todd Wellemeyer 4, Mitchell Boggs 3
Cincinnati Reds
Willy Taveras, CF4010001 .240
Paul Janish, SS3000000 .215
Joey Votto, 1B3111101 .319
Brandon Phillips, 2B4220001 .280
Scott Rolen, 3B3211100 .306
Jay Bruce, RF4225000 .224
Wladimir Balentien, LF4000000 .234
Ramon Hernandez, C3000000 .253
Homer Bailey, P3010010 .083
    Jared Burton, P0000000 .000
    Ramon Ramirez, P0000000 .000
Totals3178721  
Batting
3B - Brandon Phillips (5, Pineiro)
HR - Joey Votto (24, Pineiro), Jay Bruce 2 (22, Pineiro, Pineiro)
RBI - Joey Votto (81), Scott Rolen (64), Jay Bruce 5 (57)
Team LOB - 3
Cincinnati Reds
Homer Bailey (W,7-5) 7711170 4.78
Jared Burton 1100000 4.61
Ramon Ramirez 1111101 4.35
Pitches-Strikes - Homer Bailey 108-72, Jared Burton 19-13, Ramon Ramirez 20-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Homer Bailey 5-9, Ramon Ramirez 1-2
Batters Faced - Homer Bailey 29, Jared Burton 4, Ramon Ramirez 5
Game Information
Attendance - 12026
Game Time - 2:29
Temperature - 58
Umpires - Home - Gary Cederstrom, First Base - Field Culbreth, Second Base - Brian O'Nora, Third Base - Adrian Johnson