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ST. LOUIS -- The Cincinnati Reds avoided a lot more than just your garden variety three-game sweep.
Bronson Arroyo and the bullpen squandered an eight-run, fifth-inning lead. The offense stalled, too, before finally outlasting the St. Louis Cardinals 9-8 in 13 innings Wednesday night. Pinch-hitter Ramon Hernandez, the last regular on the bench, doubled in the go-ahead run.
Chris Heisey, Jay Bruce, Fred Lewis and Scott Rolen homered for the Reds, who led 8-0 in the fifth but managed only three hits over the next seven innings. Manager Dusty Baker looked drained after a game that lasted 4 hours, 11 minutes, the Cardinals' longest of the season.
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"I don't sound happy because I'm just tired," Baker said. "That was a two-game game. We couldn't go five [games] back."
"I was just looking for something to hit, period," Hernandez said. "I was trying to get something good on the bat. As long as you hit the ball, you've got a chance that something happens."
Matt Holliday homered for the third time in two games and Albert Pujols had an RBI single in a five-run seventh for the Cardinals. Pujols was 1 for 6 in his first game since returning a month ahead of the timetable from a broken left wrist and was impressed by the comeback.
"That was awesome, man," Pujols said. "For us to be the winning team you're going to have to do things like that. We're not going to give up."
Daniel Descalso, who matched his career high with four hits and had two RBI, started at third base, moved to second on a double-switch in the 11th and back to third in the 13th for St. Louis.
"We're down 8-0, it's hard to come back from that in Little League, let alone the big leagues," Descalso said. "We did a good job of hanging in there. You can't ask anymore than that."
Jose Arredondo (1-3) allowed two hits and struck out two in two innings for the Reds, who had lost four of five. Aroldis Chapman allowed a hit before finishing for his first career save and hit 100 mph on the scoreboard radar on a called third strike to Jay that ended it.
Heisey hit his second career leadoff home run to spark a reconfigured lineup that produced five runs in the first 12 pitches against Jake Westbrook, who barely made it out of the first one start after throwing seven shutout innings against Tampa Bay. Westbrook was charged with seven runs in 4 1/3 innings.
"I put us in a huge hole the first five hitters of the game," Westbrook said. "I kind of told myself after that first inning to kind of try to be my own long guy and try to get as deep as I can and not give up any more."
Arroyo faced the minimum through five innings, allowing only Descalso's borderline infield single in the third before fading. Descalso barely beat the pitcher to the bag after first baseman Joey Votto's high, looping throw, and official scorer Gary Mueller upheld the call not long before Tony Cruz doubled to open the sixth for St. Louis' second hit.
"Why would anyone want to talk to me?" Arroyo joked. "It was yesterday that I pitched, wasn't it?"
|Ramon Hernandez's RBI double in the 13th inning bails out the Reds, who blow an eight-run lead. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
|Chris Heisey, CF-LF||5||1||1||1||2||2||1||.264|
|Edgar Renteria, SS||5||1||1||0||0||1||2||.229|
|Paul Janish, SS||2||0||0||0||0||1||3||.227|
|Joey Votto, 1B||5||1||2||0||1||1||0||.317|
|Brandon Phillips, 2B||6||2||2||2||0||0||2||.293|
|Jay Bruce, RF||5||2||2||2||1||0||1||.260|
|Scott Rolen, 3B||6||1||1||2||0||1||2||.249|
|Fred Lewis, LF||3||1||1||1||1||1||0||.277|
|Drew Stubbs, CF||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||.251|
|Ryan Hanigan, C||6||0||2||0||0||1||2||.255|
|Bronson Arroyo, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.188|
|Bill Bray, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Logan Ondrusek, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Miguel Cairo, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.283|
|Nick Masset, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Francisco Cordero, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Sam LeCure, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.200|
|b- Jonny Gomes, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.217|
|Jose Arredondo, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Ramon Hernandez, PH||1||0||1||1||0||0||0||.311|
|Aroldis Chapman, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-grounded into a double play for Ondrusek in the 8th|
|b-struck out for LeCure in the 11th|
|c-doubled for Arredondo in the 13th|
|2B - Jay Bruce (15, Westbrook), Ramon Hernandez (9, Valdes)|
|3B - Brandon Phillips (1, Westbrook)|
|HR - Chris Heisey (10, Westbrook), Jay Bruce (19, Westbrook), Scott Rolen (5, Miller), Fred Lewis (2, Westbrook)|
|SH - Bronson Arroyo (4)|
|RBI - Chris Heisey (31), Brandon Phillips 2 (47), Jay Bruce 2 (53), Scott Rolen 2 (35), Fred Lewis (14), Ramon Hernandez (21)|
|2-OUT RBI - Scott Rolen 2 (10), Ramon Hernandez (4)|
|SB - Brandon Phillips (5, 2nd base off Miller/Molina)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|DP - Rolen-B. Phillips-Votto|
|E - Chris Heisey (2, Throwing)|
|Logan Ondrusek (H,10)||0.1||1||0||0||0||0||0||1.77|
|Nick Masset (H,9)||1||0||0||0||1||2||0||3.27|
|Francisco Cordero (BS,3)||1||1||1||1||1||0||1||1.69|
|Jose Arredondo (W,1-3)||2||2||0||0||0||2||0||3.04|
|Aroldis Chapman (S,1)||1||1||0||0||0||2||0||5.21|
|WP - Jose Arredondo (3)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Bronson Arroyo 94-61, Bill Bray 14-6, Logan Ondrusek 6-4, Nick Masset 16-10, Francisco Cordero 16-7, Sam LeCure 11-7, Jose Arredondo 34-21, Aroldis Chapman 13-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bronson Arroyo 10-6, Logan Ondrusek 1-0, Francisco Cordero 1-1, Sam LeCure 1-0, Aroldis Chapman 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Bronson Arroyo 25, Bill Bray 4, Logan Ondrusek 2, Nick Masset 4, Francisco Cordero 4, Sam LeCure 3, Jose Arredondo 8, Aroldis Chapman 4|
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Ryan Theriot, SS||6||1||1||2||0||1||1||.291|
|Skip Schumaker, 2B-RF||3||0||0||0||3||0||0||.250|
|Albert Pujols, 1B||6||0||1||1||0||0||2||.276|
|Matt Holliday, LF||6||1||2||1||0||1||2||.320|
|Lance Berkman, RF||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.292|
|Brandon Dickson, P||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||1.000|
|Jason Motte, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Mark Hamilton, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.213|
|Mitchell Boggs, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- David Freese, PH-3B||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.345|
|Raul Valdes, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Colby Rasmus, CF||5||1||1||0||0||4||0||.252|
|Fernando Salas, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Nick Punto, 2B||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.275|
|Yadier Molina, C||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.282|
|Tony Cruz, C||4||1||2||0||1||0||2||.300|
|Daniel Descalso, 3B-2B^3B||6||2||4||2||0||1||2||.256|
|Jake Westbrook, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.115|
|Trever Miller, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jon Jay, RF-CF||5||1||1||1||0||1||4||.300|
|a-struck out for Motte in the 8th|
|b-grounded out for Boggs in the 10th|
|2B - Ryan Theriot (16, Bray), Tony Cruz (4, Arroyo), Daniel Descalso (15, Arroyo)|
|HR - Matt Holliday (13, Arroyo), Jon Jay (7, Cordero)|
|RBI - Ryan Theriot 2 (32), Albert Pujols (46), Matt Holliday (45), Daniel Descalso 2 (23), Jon Jay (22)|
|2-OUT RBI - Ryan Theriot (17), Albert Pujols (15)|
|CS - Daniel Descalso (2, 2nd base by Arroyo/Hanigan)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - Descalso-Schumaker-Pujols, Motte-Theriot-Pujols|
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Raul Valdes (L,0-1)||1||2||1||1||2||2||0||4.91|
|IBB - Heisey by Raul Valdes|
|WP - Mitchell Boggs (3)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jake Westbrook 70-42, Trever Miller 10-7, Brandon Dickson 44-23, Jason Motte 3-1, Mitchell Boggs 21-14, Fernando Salas 24-16, Raul Valdes 31-18|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jake Westbrook 8-5, Brandon Dickson 3-1, Jason Motte 1-0, Mitchell Boggs 2-2, Fernando Salas 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Jake Westbrook 22, Trever Miller 3, Brandon Dickson 10, Jason Motte 1, Mitchell Boggs 7, Fernando Salas 6, Raul Valdes 7|
|Attendance - 37223|
|Game Time - 4:11|
|Temperature - 89|
|Umpires - Home - C.B. Bucknor, First Base - Dan Iassogna, Second Base - Jerry Meals, Third Base - Dale Scott|