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Francisco's four-hit day helps Reds down Cards

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ST. LOUIS -- Francisco Cordero had to work for this milestone save, recording three quick groundouts against the heart of the St. Louis Cardinals' order.

The veteran closer reached 30 saves for the seventh time when he finished the Cincinnati Reds' 3-2 victory Sunday. He is 30 for 35 this year and has converted 13 consecutive opportunities since the All-Star break.

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The right-hander's 320th save broke a tie with Todd Jones for 14th on the career list, and he's one behind Jose Mesa, the leader from the Dominican Republic. He's jumped ahead of 10 relievers this season.

"I think he's still relatively obscure and overlooked in the overall scheme of things," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "Every day I'm giving him my lineup card because he's passing somebody.

"He's had a heck of a career and he's still throwing well."

The 36-year-old Cordero has allowed only three runs in 21 innings since the break.

"It means a lot, it shows me I'm doing my job," Cordero said of getting 30 saves. "At the end of the season when I go home and look at my numbers I'll say I did it again."

Rookie Juan Francisco capped a career-best four-hit day with the go-ahead hit in the 10th inning and Edgar Renteria hit a two-run homer in the first for the Reds, who won for only the second time in their last eight games. The Reds took two of three from a team desperately trying to stay in contention, winning a series in St. Louis for the first time since June 5-7, 2006.

"I love the way the Cardinals play every day, they play the right way, they do every little thing," Cordero said. "But we played pretty good against them."

Jon Jay homered and Daniel Descalso had an RBI triple for the Cardinals, who fell 9½ games behind NL Central-leading Milwaukee heading into a three-game series with the Brewers starting Monday night. St. Louis was 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position and 2 for 20 with men on base.

Three straight Reds reached with two outs in the 10th against Fernando Salas (5-6) and pinch-runner Chris Valaika scored easily from second on Francisco's single to center.

Cincinnati reliever Bill Bray (5-2) got pinch-hitter David Freese to fly out with a runner on second to end the ninth.

Bronson Arroyo pitched eight innings, matching his season best. He held St. Louis to two runs despite allowing 10 hits.

Jay's drive was the 37th allowed by Arroyo, extending his franchise record for a right-hander, but he didn't allow a runner in scoring position his last four innings. He's 1-5 in his last 12 starts since June 24.

Edwin Jackson struck out eight in seven innings in his best outing since joining the Cardinals at the trade deadline. He trailed 2-0 after the first two hitters but worked six straight scoreless innings after that and is 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA his last three starts.

Brandon Phillips opened the game with a single and Renteria followed with his fifth homer before Jackson retired the next three in order.

Renteria struck out with the bases loaded to end the second. Cincinnati also left two on in the sixth and eighth and another scoring opportunity was squandered in the fourth when catcher Gerald Laird reacted quickly on a pitch in the dirt, recovering it several feet away and throwing to Jackson to catch Francisco trying to score.

Jay hit his ninth homer with one out in the first and Descalso's triple tied it in the fourth.

The first hit with runners in scoring position by either team was Francisco's squibber off the end of the bat just out of the reach of Descalso at third and reliever Marc Rzepczynski to put runners on the corners with two outs in the eighth. Octavio Dotel got Ryan Hanigan to ground out to end the threat.

Notes

  • Reds pitcher Dontrelle Willis (0-4, 4.10 ERA) makes his 200th career start Monday at Chicago against Matt Garza (7-10, 3.64 ERA).
  • Jake Westbrook (11-7, 4.72) opposes the Brewers' Randy Wolf (11-9, 3.58) in the opener of a three-game series between the NL Central's top two teams.
  • Reds 1B Joey Votto was 0 for 5 for only the fifth time in his career.
  • Renteria is batting .314 (11 for 35) against the Cardinals and .240 against the rest of the NL. Renteria did strike out three times for the first time since July 26, 2010, against Florida.
 
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Juan Francisco caps off his four RBI day by hitting the go-ahead single in the 10th inning. (Getty Images)
Juan Francisco caps off his four RBI day by hitting the go-ahead single in the 10th inning. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Cincinnati

J. Francisco
AB 5
R 0
H 4
HR 0
RBI 1
St. Louis

J. Jay
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Cincinnati Reds
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brandon Phillips, 2B4120100 .301
Edgar Renteria, SS5112034 .249
Joey Votto, 1B5000031 .318
Jay Bruce, RF5000020 .261
Yonder Alonso, LF5020010 .380
    Chris Valaika, PR0100000 .294
    Francisco Cordero, P0000000 .000
Drew Stubbs, CF4020101 .251
Juan Francisco, 3B5041001 .303
Ryan Hanigan, C4010106 .266
Bronson Arroyo, P2000012 .122
   a- Chris Heisey, PH1000010 .244
    Jose Arredondo, P0000000 .500
    Bill Bray, P0000000 .000
    Dave Sappelt, LF0000000 .246
Totals403123311  
a-struck out for Arroyo in the 9th
Batting
2B - Brandon Phillips (32, Jackson), Drew Stubbs (21, Rzepczynski), Juan Francisco (2, Jackson)
HR - Edgar Renteria (5, Jackson)
SH - Bronson Arroyo (8)
RBI - Edgar Renteria 2 (33), Juan Francisco (8)
2-OUT RBI - Juan Francisco (4)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
E - Drew Stubbs (2, Misplayed grounder)
Cincinnati Reds
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Bronson Arroyo 81022051 5.00
Jose Arredondo 0.2100000 3.22
Bill Bray (W,5-2) 0.1000000 2.72
Francisco Cordero (S,30) 1000000 2.37
WP - Jose Arredondo (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Bronson Arroyo 107-72, Jose Arredondo 14-7, Bill Bray 6-3, Francisco Cordero 10-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bronson Arroyo 4-15, Jose Arredondo 1-1, Francisco Cordero 3-0
Batters Faced - Bronson Arroyo 34, Jose Arredondo 3, Bill Bray 1, Francisco Cordero 3
St. Louis Cardinals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Rafael Furcal, SS5000004 .212
Jon Jay, CF4121000 .301
   a- David Freese, PH1000001 .301
    Fernando Salas, P0000000 .000
Albert Pujols, 1B5010001 .295
Matt Holliday, LF5010012 .303
Lance Berkman, RF4010003 .281
    Corey Patterson, PR-RF^CF1000000 .243
Skip Schumaker, 2B4020001 .303
Gerald Laird, C4110013 .236
Daniel Descalso, 3B4021001 .259
Edwin Jackson, P3000034 .227
    Marc Rzepczynski, P0000000 .000
    Octavio Dotel, P0000000 .000
   b- Allen Craig, PH-RF1010000 .313
Totals41211205  
a-flied out for Jay in the 9th
b-singled for Dotel in the 9th
Batting
2B - Albert Pujols (24, Arroyo)
3B - Daniel Descalso (3, Arroyo)
HR - Jon Jay (9, Arroyo)
RBI - Jon Jay (33), Daniel Descalso (28)
Team LOB - 9
St. Louis Cardinals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Edwin Jackson 7822281 3.78
Marc Rzepczynski 0.2200010 2.73
Octavio Dotel 1.1000010 3.15
Fernando Salas (L,5-6) 1211110 2.47
Pitches-Strikes - Edwin Jackson 113-70, Marc Rzepczynski 14-9, Octavio Dotel 27-20, Fernando Salas 17-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Edwin Jackson 2-10, Marc Rzepczynski 1-0, Octavio Dotel 1-2, Fernando Salas 1-1
Batters Faced - Edwin Jackson 30, Marc Rzepczynski 4, Octavio Dotel 4, Fernando Salas 6
Game Information
Attendance - 41647
Game Time - 3:26
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - C.B. Bucknor, First Base - Dan Iassogna, Second Base - Jerry Meals, Third Base - Angel Campos