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ST. LOUIS -- Shin-Soo Choo is way off the hook.
The new Cincinnati center fielder made amends for two botched fly balls, drawing a leadoff walk in a nine-run ninth inning and later delivering a three-run double as the Reds spoiled the St. Louis Cardinals' home opener with a 13-4 victory on Monday.
"I almost died and my teammates gave me another life," Choo said. "I really appreciate my teammates, coming over to me and saying everybody makes mistakes.
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"I missed two fly balls and in my mind I had to do something to help the team."
Mitchell Boggs (0-1), the stand-in closer for St. Louis, yielded six runs while getting only one out. Only a few thousand fans remained of the largest regular-season crowd of 47,375 for the bottom of the ninth in 8-year-old Busch Stadium history.
A day earlier, the Cardinals scored nine runs in the fourth inning against Giants ace Matt Cain.
"I think this is the worst outing of my career," said Boggs, who has one save in two chances along with a bloated 14.54 ERA. "I guess without saying there's a lot of season left and I expect to be a player with a lot of good ones."
The Cardinals held a tribute for Stan Musial before the game. They've lost three straight home openers and six of the last seven.
Brandon Phillips blooped a go-ahead double in the ninth. He earlier hit his 150th career home run for the Reds, who have won six of seven since losing in extra innings to the Angels on opening day and totaled 11 or more hits the last four games.
Sam LeCure (1-0) pitched an inning for the victory.
Cardinals lefty Jaime Garcia matched his career best with 10 strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings and left with a 4-3 lead. Yadier Molina hit both of the fly balls dropped by Choo in the first and sixth, and added an RBI single.
Pinch-hitter Xavier Paul tied it in the Reds' eighth with an RBI single off Trevor Rosenthal before the Reds took off in the ninth with six hits, five walks and an error. The Cardinals last surrendered nine runs in the ninth in a 12-9 loss at Colorado on July 6, 2010.
Before the game, Musial's four children unveiled an oversized red No. 6, the Hall of Famer's retired jersey number, on the wall in left-center. The decal matches memorial patches worn on the team's uniform sleeves.
Reds players stood on the top dugout steps as the Cardinals paraded around the warning track in flat-bed trucks, and Cincinnati manager Dusty Baker hugged Cardinals Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith.
Choo entered the season with 652 games of outfield experience but only 10 in center, and all 155 games with the Indians last year as the right fielder. Two runs scored in the first when Choo twice juggled Molina's fly ball after backtracking, and Matt Holliday scored from first to put the Cardinals up 4-2 in the sixth when the ball popped out on Choo, perhaps fighting the sun.
It was the second two-error game of Choo's career, the other coming on May 25, 2011 against the Red Sox. He's the first Reds center fielder to commit two errors in a game since Deion Sanders on April 28, 1995, against the Padres.
"You get a little gun-shy out there, it happens," Baker said. "It's a new position, a new league, a new park. Those balls went 400 feet, it's not like they were just fly balls."
Reds starter Mat Latos allowed one earned run in six innings, shaving his ERA to 10.23 in five career starts at Busch to 10.23.
Garcia struck out four of the first six batters and retired eight in a row before issuing a four-pitch, two-out walk to Latos in the third. He entered with a 2.48 career ERA at Busch, the stadium's best, and his other 10-strikeout game was at home Aug. 19 against the Pirates.
"It doesn't really matter how we lose the game, stuff happens," Garcia said. "You know what, they've got a good thing going on."
|Brandon Phillips delivers the key hit in the Reds' ninth-inning explosion -- a tiebreaking bloop double. (Getty Images)|
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|Shin-Soo Choo, CF||5||2||2||3||1||0||1||.379|
|Chris Heisey, LF||6||0||2||1||0||2||2||.192|
|Joey Votto, 1B||4||2||1||1||2||2||2||.240|
|Brandon Phillips, 2B||5||2||2||2||1||1||0||.344|
|Jay Bruce, RF||5||2||4||1||1||0||0||.324|
|Todd Frazier, 3B||4||1||0||1||1||3||6||.414|
|Zack Cozart, SS||3||0||0||0||0||2||2||.111|
|a- Xavier Paul, PH||1||0||1||1||0||0||0||.444|
|Sam LeCure, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Jack Hannahan, PH||1||1||1||1||0||0||0||.600|
|J.J. Hoover, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Ryan Hanigan, C||4||2||0||1||1||1||2||.050|
|Mat Latos, P||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||.000|
|c- Derrick Robinson, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.200|
|Alfredo Simon, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|d- Cesar Izturis, PH-SS||2||1||1||1||0||0||2||.167|
|a-singled for Cozart in the 8th|
|b-singled for LeCure in the 9th|
|c-struck out for Latos in the 7th|
|d-grounded out for Simon in the 8th|
|2B - Shin-Soo Choo (2, Rzepczynski), Chris Heisey 2 (2, Garcia, Garcia), Brandon Phillips (4, Boggs)|
|HR - Brandon Phillips (2, Garcia)|
|RBI - Shin-Soo Choo 3 (6), Chris Heisey (3), Joey Votto (2), Brandon Phillips 2 (7), Jay Bruce (5), Todd Frazier (10), Xavier Paul (6), Jack Hannahan (1), Ryan Hanigan (2), Cesar Izturis (1)|
|2-OUT RBI - Chris Heisey (1), Joey Votto (1), Brandon Phillips (2)|
|Team LOB - 11|
|DP - Cozart-Votto|
|E - Shin-Soo Choo 2 (2, Dropped fly)|
|Sam LeCure (W,1-0)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||1.80|
|WP - Mat Latos (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Mat Latos 98-61, Alfredo Simon 8-5, Sam LeCure 14-9, J.J. Hoover 21-12|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mat Latos 3-11, Alfredo Simon 1-2, Sam LeCure 1-1, J.J. Hoover 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Mat Latos 24, Alfredo Simon 3, Sam LeCure 3, J.J. Hoover 4|
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Jon Jay, CF||4||1||1||0||0||2||0||.242|
|Carlos Beltran, RF||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.190|
|Matt Holliday, LF||3||2||1||0||1||0||0||.200|
|Mitchell Boggs, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Allen Craig, 1B||4||1||1||0||0||2||3||.258|
|Yadier Molina, C||3||0||1||1||0||0||0||.250|
|a- Tony Cruz, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.000|
|David Freese, 3B||3||0||0||0||0||1||3||.000|
|Trevor Rosenthal, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Shane Robinson, LF||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.400|
|Marc Rzepczynski, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Daniel Descalso, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.240|
|Pete Kozma, SS||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||.296|
|Jaime Garcia, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.000|
|Randy Choate, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Matt Carpenter, PH-3B||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.308|
|a-struck out for Molina in the 9th|
|b-flied out for Choate in the 7th|
|2B - Allen Craig (3, Latos)|
|RBI - Yadier Molina (4)|
|Team LOB - 3|
|E - Pete Kozma (1, Misplayed grounder)|
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Randy Choate (H,2)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.00|
|Trevor Rosenthal (BS,2)||1||2||1||1||0||1||0||3.60|
|Mitchell Boggs (L,0-1)||0.1||2||7||6||4||0||0||14.54|
|IBB - Votto by Mitchell Boggs, by Bruce|
|HBP - Frazier (by Trevor Rosenthal)|
|WP - Jaime Garcia (1), Mitchell Boggs (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jaime Garcia 96-64, Randy Choate 4-1, Trevor Rosenthal 24-17, Mitchell Boggs 29-11, Marc Rzepczynski 24-12|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jaime Garcia 6-4, Randy Choate 1-0, Trevor Rosenthal 2-0, Mitchell Boggs 1-1, Marc Rzepczynski 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Jaime Garcia 29, Randy Choate 1, Trevor Rosenthal 6, Mitchell Boggs 8, Marc Rzepczynski 7|
|Attendance - 47345|
|Game Time - 3:15|
|Temperature - 78|
|Umpires - Home - Lance Barksdale, First Base - Victor Carapazza, Second Base - Jeff Nelson, Third Base - Kerwin Danley|