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Carlos Beltran and David Freese homered again on Tuesday night, and Kyle Lohse provided another stingy performance, leading St. Louis a 3-1 victory over the Reds a few hours after Cincinnati gave out another big contract.
Second baseman Brandon Phillips agreed to a deal through 2017 worth $72.5 million. It came only five days after slugger Joey Votto got an additional 10 years and $225 million, looking to turn the 2010 NL Central champions into a consistent contender.
Phillips got a cramp in his left hamstring while scoring an unearned run during a 7-1 loss to the Cardinals on Monday night and is expected to miss several days. Votto drove in the Reds' only run on Tuesday with a sacrifice fly.
In the first two games of the series, Cincinnati has managed only seven hits, while the Cardinals piled up five homers.
"We've got a few guys struggling at the plate," manager Dusty Baker said. "They just need to relax and do what they're capable of doing. This team can hit, and we're going to hit."
Not like the Cardinals so far.
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St. Louis came into the game leading the majors with nine homers. It has five in its first two games at Great American Ball Park, one of the majors' most homer-friendly places.
Lohse (2-0) has made impressive starts in Florida's summery warmth and Cincinnati's April chill. He took a no-hitter into the eighth inning of a 4-1 win in Miami last Wednesday, allowing only one run and two hits.
With temperatures in the 40s on Tuesday night, he was in control again, allowing Votto's sacrifice fly and four hits in six innings. Lohse took a little while to adjust to the vastly different conditions in his second start.
"He was locating his sinker and kept us off-balance," said Chris Heisey, who was 0 for 4. "Once he got on a roll, it was tough to get him out."
The Cardinals' rotation has been sensational so far, going 5-1 with a 1.86 ERA.
For the second game in a row, the Cardinals got to a Reds starter before he could break a sweat. They hit three homers in the first inning off Homer Bailey on Monday night.
Beltran hit Leake's fifth pitch into the stands in right field. Leake escaped another big Cardinals first inning by getting Yadier Molina to ground into a double play with the bases loaded. Molina also grounded into a double play with two runners aboard in the eighth.
Lance Berkman, who has the most homers by a visiting player at Great American, tripled into the right-field corner in the sixth. Freese followed with his third homer, a drive that bounced off the top of the wall in right field and caromed up into the stands.
Leake thinks the Cardinals are just as formidable without Pujols, who left as a free agent for the Angels after the World Series championship.
"It's still a difficult lineup," Leake said. "They lost a big name, but they're still a threat."
Berkman left the game in the eighth with tightness in his left calf, which started bothering him after he ran out his triple.
Zack Cozart hit his second triple of the season in the bottom of the inning and scored on Votto's sacrifice fly, making it 3-1.
|Carlos Beltran hits his third homerun of the season as the Cards improve to 5-1 with their win against the Reds. (Getty Images)|
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|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Jon Jay, CF||5||0||0||0||0||1||2||.300|
|Carlos Beltran, RF||3||1||1||1||1||1||1||.320|
|Matt Holliday, LF||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.222|
|Lance Berkman, 1B||3||1||2||0||0||1||0||.375|
|Rafael Furcal, PR-SS||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.435|
|David Freese, 3B||3||1||2||2||1||0||0||.444|
|Yadier Molina, C||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.350|
|Daniel Descalso, 2B-1B||4||0||1||0||0||2||2||.176|
|Tyler Greene, SS-2B||4||0||1||0||0||2||1||.250|
|Kyle Lohse, P||2||0||0||0||0||0||2||.000|
|a- Erik Komatsu, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||1.000|
|Mitchell Boggs, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Shane Robinson, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.571|
|Jason Motte, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-walked for Lohse in the 7th|
|b-grounded out for Boggs in the 9th|
|2B - Yadier Molina (4, Leake), Tyler Greene (1, Leake)|
|3B - Lance Berkman (1, Leake)|
|HR - Carlos Beltran (3, Leake), David Freese (3, Leake)|
|RBI - Carlos Beltran (4), David Freese 2 (10)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Kyle Lohse (W,2-0)||6||4||1||1||1||2||0||1.35|
|Mitchell Boggs (H,1)||2||0||0||0||0||2||0||1.69|
|Jason Motte (S,2)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||3.00|
|IBB - Mesoraco by Kyle Lohse|
|HBP - Cozart (by Kyle Lohse)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Lohse 94-57, Mitchell Boggs 22-16, Jason Motte 11-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Lohse 7-9, Mitchell Boggs 2-2|
|Batters Faced - Kyle Lohse 24, Mitchell Boggs 6, Jason Motte 3|
|Willie Harris, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Zack Cozart, SS||3||1||1||0||0||1||0||.471|
|Joey Votto, 1B||3||0||1||1||0||0||1||.188|
|Scott Rolen, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.125|
|Jay Bruce, RF||4||0||2||0||0||1||0||.316|
|Chris Heisey, LF||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.167|
|Drew Stubbs, CF||3||0||0||0||0||1||1||.133|
|Devin Mesoraco, C||2||0||0||0||1||0||0||.200|
|Mike Leake, P||2||0||0||0||0||0||2||.000|
|Sam LeCure, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Ryan Ludwick, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.125|
|Logan Ondrusek, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Sean Marshall, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-struck out for LeCure in the 7th|
|2B - Jay Bruce (1, Lohse)|
|3B - Zack Cozart (2, Lohse)|
|SF - Joey Votto (1)|
|RBI - Joey Votto (3)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|DP - Rolen-Votto, Leake-Cozart-Harris, Cozart-Harris-Votto|
|Mike Leake (L,0-1)||6||7||3||3||1||4||2||4.50|
|HBP - Berkman (by Mike Leake)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Mike Leake 99-64, Sam LeCure 26-17, Logan Ondrusek 10-7, Sean Marshall 8-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Leake 7-5, Logan Ondrusek 1-0, Sean Marshall 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Mike Leake 25, Sam LeCure 5, Logan Ondrusek 4, Sean Marshall 3|
|Attendance - 17110|
|Game Time - 2:33|
|Temperature - 51|
|Umpires - Home - Dale Scott, First Base - Bill Miller, Second Base - Angel Campos, Third Base - C.B. Bucknor|