St. Louis at Cincinnati

St. Louis
W: A. Wainwright (9-3) L: M. Leake (5-3)
HR: STL - None   CIN - None

Wainwright, Cardinals crush division-rival Cincinnati wire reports

CINCINNATI -- No matter where they're playing, the Reds can't seem to score enough runs to beat their biggest rival.

Adam Wainwright pitched seven innings for his ninth win, and every Cardinals starter had a hit in a 9-2 victory over Cincinnati on Friday night that gave St. Louis a four-game lead in the NL Central, its biggest of the season.

The rivalry has fallen into a pattern lately - the second-place Reds can't score many runs. They've scored two or fewer in their last six games against the Cardinals, the first time that's happened since 1974, the year before the Big Red Machine won its first World Series.

St. Louis has won the last four series between the teams and is 5-2 against Cincinnati this season.

"They can just hit," manager Dusty Baker said. "Call it whatever you want. I don't have a whole lot to say."

Wainwright (9-3) gave up two runs and seven hits as the Cardinals improved the major leagues' best record to 40-21. He didn't give up a run until the sixth inning, when the game was well in hand.

"The thing with him is he mixes his pitches up so well," said Todd Frazier, who had a six-game hitting streak snapped. "I think his curveball is his best pitch. It starts out like a fastball and then it waves and the bottom drops out. And he never hangs one - at least not that I've seen yet."

Slumping Pete Kozma drove in three runs, David Freese and Jon Jay knocked in two apiece, and four Cardinals extended hitting streaks against a pitching staff in a downturn. Mike Leake (5-3) lasted only five innings for the Reds, who have given up 26 runs while losing their last three games.

"It's a great lineup," said Leake, who had allowed only two runs in his last four starts. "You don't get any breaks."

The Cardinals scored six of their runs with two outs, one of their hallmarks this season.

"That's when they usually do their damage," Baker said. "I'd like to find out their secret and bottle it."

A day after the Cardinals hit five homers for a 12-8 win over Arizona, they put together five singles in the fourth inning for all the runs they'd really need.

The Cardinals came into the game with four players on noteworthy hitting streaks. Three of them extended their streaks during the three-run rally.

Carlos Beltran led off with a single that gave him an eight-game streak. Allen Craig pushed his run to 11 games with another hit, completing a 12-pitch at-bat against Leake. Freese extended the longest active streak in the majors with an RBI single, giving him a career-best 17-game streak. Jon Jay and Kozma - in a 3-for-33 rut - followed with singles for a 3-0 lead.

When runners were in scoring position, the Cardinals delivered.

"I don't really see what we do different other than we get hits when we need them," said Kozma, who tied his career high with the three RBIs.

That was plenty for Wainwright, who had only one tough at-bat in the first five innings. Shin-Soo Choo drew a base on balls on his 12th pitch from Wainwright, who has walked only seven batters all season.

Jay Bruce's RBI single ended Wainwright's shutout in the sixth.

The only long hitting streak still in play for St. Louis got extended during a four-run sixth inning off Logan Ondrusek. Jay doubled home another run, Kozma doubled in two more, and Matt Carpenter's RBI single made it 7-0 and extended his streak to a career-best 16 games.

Yadier Molina doubled and singled, raising the NL's top batting average a point to .352.


  • St. Louis is 21-9 on the road, best in the majors.
  • The Reds optioned RH Pedro Villarreal back to Triple-A Louisville, opening the way for LH Tony Cingrani to make a start next week for the injured Johnny Cueto. Villarreal struggled in his emergency start on Wednesday, a 12-4 loss to Colorado.
  • Switch-hitting INF Henry Rodriguez was called up.
  • 2B Brandon Phillips was back in the lineup after missing four games with a bruised left forearm.
  • LH Tyler Lyons (2-1) makes his third start for the Cardinals on Saturday against Mat Latos (5-0), who has won his last nine decisions. It's the longest winning streak by a Reds pitcher since reliever Scott Sullivan won 10 straight decisions from 2001-02.
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Players of the Game
St. Louis

D. Freese
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 0

D. Mesoraco
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0

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St. Louis Cardinals
Matt Carpenter, 2B4011101 .333
Carlos Beltran, RF4010012 .305
    Shane Robinson, RF1011000 .224
Matt Holliday, LF5220013 .259
Allen Craig, 1B5120012 .317
Yadier Molina, C5120013 .352
David Freese, 3B3222100 .286
   a- Daniel Descalso, PH-3B1000012 .271
Jon Jay, CF5122002 .244
Pete Kozma, SS4123020 .250
Adam Wainwright, P3000003 .152
   b- Ty Wigginton, PH1110000 .214
    Randy Choate, P0000000 .000
    Trevor Rosenthal, P0000000 .000
a-struck out for Freese in the 9th
b-doubled for Wainwright in the 8th
2B - Matt Holliday 2 (10, Leake, Hoover), Yadier Molina (17, Ondrusek), David Freese (8, Hoover), Jon Jay (8, Ondrusek), Pete Kozma (9, Ondrusek), Ty Wigginton (2, Parra)
RBI - Matt Carpenter (21), Shane Robinson (5), David Freese 2 (20), Jon Jay 2 (28), Pete Kozma 3 (24)
2-OUT RBI - Matt Carpenter (11), Shane Robinson (2), David Freese 2 (14), Jon Jay (11), Pete Kozma (8)
Team LOB - 7
DP - Freese-M. Carpenter-Craig
E - David Freese (2, Throwing)
St. Louis Cardinals
Adam Wainwright (W,9-3) 7722170 2.34
Randy Choate 1000000 3.18
Trevor Rosenthal 1100000 1.80
Pitches-Strikes - Adam Wainwright 107-74, Randy Choate 7-5, Trevor Rosenthal 18-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Adam Wainwright 7-7, Randy Choate 2-1, Trevor Rosenthal 2-1
Batters Faced - Adam Wainwright 29, Randy Choate 3, Trevor Rosenthal 4
Cincinnati Reds
Shin-Soo Choo, CF3011110 .277
Zack Cozart, SS4110012 .243
Joey Votto, 1B4010001 .322
Brandon Phillips, 2B4010011 .295
Jay Bruce, RF4011020 .265
Todd Frazier, 3B4000012 .252
Xavier Paul, LF4010011 .275
Devin Mesoraco, C4120001 .238
Mike Leake, P0000000 .179
   a- Jack Hannahan, PH1000001 .211
    Logan Ondrusek, P0000000 .000
    J.J. Hoover, P0000000 .000
   b- Henry Rodriguez, PH1000001 .000
    Manny Parra, P0000000 .500
    Sam LeCure, P0000000 .000
   c- Donald Lutz, PH1000001 .250
a-lined out for Leake in the 5th
b-flied out for Hoover in the 7th
c-fouled out for LeCure in the 9th
2B - Shin-Soo Choo (14, Wainwright), Xavier Paul (6, Rosenthal), Devin Mesoraco (7, Wainwright)
SH - Mike Leake (2)
RBI - Shin-Soo Choo (21), Jay Bruce (39)
2-OUT RBI - Shin-Soo Choo (8), Jay Bruce (10)
Team LOB - 7
DP - Cozart-B. Phillips-Votto, B. Phillips-Cozart-Votto
Cincinnati Reds
Mike Leake (L,5-3) 5633130 2.93
Logan Ondrusek 1444110 5.64
J.J. Hoover 1211000 3.46
Manny Parra 1211020 8.44
Sam LeCure 1200010 1.78
WP - Manny Parra 2 (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Leake 97-60, Logan Ondrusek 27-16, J.J. Hoover 16-10, Manny Parra 16-10, Sam LeCure 15-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Leake 6-5, Logan Ondrusek 1-1, Manny Parra 1-0, Sam LeCure 1-0
Batters Faced - Mike Leake 21, Logan Ondrusek 8, J.J. Hoover 5, Manny Parra 5, Sam LeCure 4
Game Information
Attendance - 38874
Game Time - 3:11
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Chris Guccione, First Base - Mike Estabrook, Second Base - Phil Cuzzi, Third Base - Tom Hallion