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Cardinals fall as Reds continue to fly

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ST. LOUIS -- Cincinnati rookie Travis Wood sported a new look Saturday. The long locks were gone, replaced with a shorter, more military-style haircut.

His strong outing on the mound was the perfect match for his more clean-cut appearance.

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Wood pitched seven efficient innings and hit his first career homer to lead the Reds to a 6-1 win against Adam Wainwright and the St. Louis Cardinals.

"I just worked hard and came out with a mindset that I wasn't going to let them beat me," Wood said.

Cincinnati bounced back from Friday night's 3-2 loss in the series opener with its seventh victory in nine games, restoring its eight-game lead over the Cardinals in the NL Central.

Wood (5-2) allowed an unearned run and five hits. He also struck out three and walked two.

The left-hander was 0-1 with a 10.00 ERA in his previous two starts, allowing 17 hits in nine innings.

"Just a spur of the moment kind of thing," he said of the haircut. "I felt like I just needed to get back in gear."

Wainwright (17-10) pitched five innings for the Cardinals, yielding five runs, two earned, and seven hits. The right-hander is 0-4 with a 4.88 ERA in his last four starts.

"I don't like losing one game, much less four in a row," he said. "I won't lose again."

Once automatic at home, Wainwright is 1-2 in his last four starts at Busch Stadium after opening the season with 10 consecutive victories at St. Louis' ballpark.

The Reds scored three unearned runs after St. Louis second baseman Aaron Miles booted a potential double-play grounder with one out in the first. Ramon Hernandez drove in Orlando Cabrera with a bases-loaded grounder and Jonny Gomes added a two-run double.

Wood connected with two out in the fourth and Joey Votto singled in a run in the ninth to run his NL-best total to 98 RBIs. Votto finished with two hits.

Cincinnati has won 15 of its last 20 games since dropping three in a row to St. Louis in early August.

"We haven't thought about that big series, we haven't thought about magic numbers," Gomes said. "The second half of the season, we've kept our heads down and focused on the game at hand."

St. Louis scored its only run in the first when Jon Jay hit a one-out single, went to third on Wood's errant pickoff attempt and scored on Matt Holliday's two-out RBI single.

Wood responded by retiring 12 of the next 13 batters.

"He had better stuff, he was using the outside of the plate more," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "He pitched a heck of a ballgame."

Wood got plenty of help from his bullpen. Rookie left-hander Aroldis Chapman, making his third major league appearance, worked the eighth, getting Albert Pujols to bounce into the inning-ending double play after walking Jay with one down.

Chapman registered as high as 103 mph on the radar gun.

"He's a guy that has a lot of promise," Pujols said. "If he stays healthy, he's going to have a great career."

Pujols, who hit .379 in August, broke out of a career-worst 0-for-18 slump with a single in the sixth inning. He went hitless in 17 at-bats from July 4-7, 2001, in his rookie season.

Notes

  • St. Louis had won the previous five games between the teams.
  • Wainwright fell to 9-3 in day games this season.
  • Cabrera made his first start since August 2. He had been on the DL with a strained left oblique muscle.
  • Cincinnati OF Yonder Alonso got his first major league hit with a pinch-hit double leading off the ninth.
  • Reds OF Jay Bruce was held out of the lineup for the fourth game in a row with soreness in his right side.
  • Cincinnati is 30-15 since the All-Star break.
  • The Reds have been in first place in the NL Central for the last 20 days.
  • Cincinnati, San Diego and the New York Yankees are the only teams to fashion winning records each of the first five months of the season.
 
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Matt Holliday lets one sail over his head as the Cardinals lose 6-1 in a crucial game against the Reds.  (AP)
Matt Holliday lets one sail over his head as the Cardinals lose 6-1 in a crucial game against the Reds. (AP)

Players of the Game
Cincinnati

J. Gomes
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
Cincinnati

T. Wood
IP 7.0
H 5
ER 0
BB 2
K 3
 

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Cincinnati Reds
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brandon Phillips, 2B5011013 .287
Orlando Cabrera, SS4110111 .260
Joey Votto, 1B5121010 .324
Scott Rolen, 3B4110112 .297
Ramon Hernandez, C4011012 .302
Jonny Gomes, LF4022002 .263
Drew Stubbs, CF4010022 .239
Chris Heisey, RF4110023 .262
Travis Wood, P1111000 .143
    Aroldis Chapman, P0000000 .000
   a- Yonder Alonso, PH1110000 .500
    Francisco Cordero, P0000000 .000
Totals36612629  
a-doubled for Chapman in the 9th
Batting
2B - Joey Votto (28, Wainwright), Ramon Hernandez (16, Salas), Jonny Gomes (22, Wainwright), Yonder Alonso (1, MacDougal)
HR - Travis Wood (1, Wainwright)
SH - Travis Wood 2 (4)
RBI - Brandon Phillips (51), Joey Votto (98), Ramon Hernandez (43), Jonny Gomes 2 (74), Travis Wood (2)
2-OUT RBI - Joey Votto (37), Jonny Gomes 2 (29), Travis Wood (2)
CS - Brandon Phillips (11, 2nd base by Wainwright/Molina), Orlando Cabrera (4, 2nd base by Hawksworth/Molina)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - B. Phillips-Cabrera-Votto, Rolen-B. Phillips-Votto
E - Travis Wood (2, Throwing)
Cincinnati Reds
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Travis Wood (W,5-2) 7510230 3.19
Aroldis Chapman 1000100 0.00
Francisco Cordero 1100000 3.47
Pitches-Strikes - Travis Wood 101-62, Aroldis Chapman 15-6, Francisco Cordero 16-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Travis Wood 8-9, Aroldis Chapman 2-0, Francisco Cordero 2-1
Batters Faced - Travis Wood 27, Aroldis Chapman 3, Francisco Cordero 4
St. Louis Cardinals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Aaron Miles, 2B4000021 .313
Jon Jay, CF2110200 .329
Albert Pujols, 1B4010003 .311
Matt Holliday, LF4021000 .302
Nick Stavinoha, RF3000002 .253
   a- Colby Rasmus, PH1010000 .264
Yadier Molina, C4000001 .255
Pedro Feliz, 3B4000011 .223
Brendan Ryan, SS2000100 .218
Adam Wainwright, P1000000 .181
   b- Randy Winn, PH1010000 .251
    Jason Motte, P0000000 .000
    Blake Hawksworth, P0000000 .000
   c- Felipe Lopez, PH1000001 .237
    Fernando Salas, P0000000 .000
    Mike MacDougal, P0000000 .000
    Dennys Reyes, P0000000 .000
Totals3116133  
a-doubled for Stavinoha in the 9th
b-singled for Wainwright in the 5th
c-hit into fielder's choice for Hawksworth in the 7th
Batting
2B - Colby Rasmus (23, Cordero)
RBI - Matt Holliday (84)
2-OUT RBI - Matt Holliday (40)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Molina-Ryan
E - Aaron Miles (4, Misplayed grounder)
St. Louis Cardinals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Adam Wainwright (L,17-10) 5752161 2.34
Jason Motte 1200000 2.64
Blake Hawksworth 1000110 5.07
Fernando Salas 1100020 1.66
Mike MacDougal 0.2111000 9.00
Dennys Reyes 0.1100000 3.90
Pitches-Strikes - Adam Wainwright 83-52, Jason Motte 14-8, Blake Hawksworth 14-7, Fernando Salas 21-14, Mike MacDougal 16-9, Dennys Reyes 9-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Adam Wainwright 3-6, Jason Motte 1-2, Mike MacDougal 2-0
Batters Faced - Adam Wainwright 23, Jason Motte 5, Blake Hawksworth 3, Fernando Salas 4, Mike MacDougal 3, Dennys Reyes 2
Game Information
Attendance - 44597
Game Time - 2:47
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Larry Vanover, First Base - Jeff Nelson, Second Base - Mark Carlson, Third Base - Jeff Kellogg