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Cardinals explode in 10th inning, win series vs. Reds

CBSSports.com wire reports
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CINCINNATI -- The St. Louis Cardinals passed two tests with their first extra-innning victory of the season.

With the best offense in the National League and the second best team pitching staff, the Cardinals have rarely had to play from behind. They erased a pair of two-run deficits in a 10-inning, 11-4 victory.

"We've has some of those [extra inning] games go the wrong way," Cardinal manager Mike Matheny said. "There have been quite a few times we've come back but not all the way."

Matt Holliday's grand slam capped a seven-run 10th inning to help the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Cincinnati Reds 11-4 on Sunday night.

J.J. Hoover (0-5) walked Allen Craig to lead off the 10th. One out later, David Freese singled Craig to second, extending his career-best hitting streak to 19 games, tied with San Francisco's Marco Scutaro for the longest in the National League this season.

Daniel Descalso followed with his RBI double off the left-field wall. Matt Carpenter added two insurance runs with a bases-loaded single before Holliday hit his homer -- a 464-foot shot into the left field seats off Curtis Partch, who was making his major league debut. The homer was Holliday's 10th of the season.

"It's hard not to be disappointed," Cincinnati manager Dusty Baker said. "We have a lead in the late innings. We have to find a way to hold them."

"These guys are never out of a ballgame," said Arroyo, who started and went six innings before leaving after his right leg stiffened up, the result of getting smacked on the knee by Descalso's sharp one-hopper to end the fourth. "Against some teams, when you lead, 4-2, in the late innings, you feel like the game's over. This team fights you -- the whole lineup. Every guy in the lineup has a hitting streak. It's not easy to navigate nine innings."

Descalso was in the game to give Pete Kozma a breather but he's managed some big hits for St. Louis.

"Descalso has been hitting the ball well," Matheny said. "It's hard to do for a guy who isn't getting regular at bats."

His clutch hit put the Cardinals on top for the first time in the game.

"We haven't had to come back much this year," Descalso said. "Most of these guys have been around when we've had to come back. I don't hit many that far, that way. I was just hoping I got enough of it."

Trevor Rosenthal (1-0) had four strikeouts in two perfect innings to get the win. The victory meant that the Cardinals have now either won or split 13 straight series.

The Reds grabbed a quick 2-0 lead in the first. Shin-Soo Choo led off with an opposite-field double into the left-field corner and moved to third on Derrick Robinson's sacrifice bunt. After Joey Votto walked, Brandon Phillips nudged a half-swing bloop single into short right field to drive in Choo and send Votto to third. Votto scored on Jay Bruce's sacrifice fly.

St. Louis tied it in the fourth. Carlos Beltran led off with his 14th home run of the season, a 409-foot blast to center field on a 3-1 pitch. Holliday followed with a double and scored one out later on Yadier Molina's opposite-field double into the right-field corner.

A two-run fifth gave the Reds a 4-2 lead. Choo led off with a single to right and Robinson was nicked by a pitch while squaring to bunt. Votto struck out and Choo moved to third on Phillips's fly ball to center field before Bruce lined a two-run double into the right-field corner.

"I felt the first guy got on every inning," said Lance Lynn, who would have tied teammate Adam Wainright for the team and league lead in wins. "It was a grind. I threw everything to Bruce. I put the fastball inside where I wanted but he got the bat on it somehow. It was a good piece of hitting."

The Cardinals jumped all over reliever Sam LeCure to tie the score again in the seventh. Jon Jay led off with a single, his third hit of the game, and went to third on pinch-hitter Matt Adams's double to center that Choo got a glove on but couldn't hold. Jay scored and pinch-runner Shane Robinson went to third on Carpenter's single. Beltran greeted reliever Alfredo Simon with a game-tying sacrifice fly.

Carpenter extended his career-high hitting streak to 18 games.

Notes

  • Cardinals RHP Jake Westbrook, on the disabled list since May 9 with right elbow inflammation, started for Single-A Peoria on Sunday, perhaps the last step toward being activated. Westbrook could be ready to pitch in "4-5 days," manager Mike Matheny said.
  • St. Louis RHP Chris Carpenter, who's missed the entire season with a right shoulder injury, is scheduled to pitch "lengthened" bullpen sessions and face batters when the Cardinals return from their current road trip, Matheny said.
  • Reds 2B Brandon Phillips was 1 for 7 in his first two games since missing four after being hit in the left forearm with a pitch. The area remains swollen. "It's still [messed] up," Phillips said. "I can catch the ball OK, but handling the bat is tough. I'm going to play through it. It is what it is."
 
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Matt Holliday goes down the reception line after belting his game-clinching grand slam in the 10th inning.  (USATSI)
Matt Holliday goes down the reception line after belting his game-clinching grand slam in the 10th inning. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
St. Louis

M. Holliday
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
Cincinnati

J. Bruce
AB 3
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
 
St. Louis Cardinals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Matt Carpenter, 2B-3B6123022 .332
Carlos Beltran, RF5222011 .305
Matt Holliday, LF4224210 .264
Allen Craig, 1B5100113 .310
Yadier Molina, C4021101 .354
David Freese, 3B5110013 .282
    Kevin Siegrist, P0000000 .000
Daniel Descalso, SS-2B5111004 .268
Jon Jay, CF3230200 .256
Lance Lynn, P1000001 .091
   a- Matt Adams, PH1010000 .324
    Shane Robinson, PR0100000 .216
    Randy Choate, P0000000 .000
    Seth Maness, P0000000 .000
   b- Ty Wigginton, PH1000012 .205
    Trevor Rosenthal, P0000000 .000
   c- Pete Kozma, PH-SS1000013 .254
Totals4111141168  
a-doubled for Lynn in the 7th
b-struck out for Maness in the 8th
c-struck out for Rosenthal in the 10th
Batting
2B - Matt Holliday (11, Arroyo), Yadier Molina (19, Arroyo), Daniel Descalso (10, Hoover), Matt Adams (5, LeCure)
HR - Carlos Beltran (14, Arroyo), Matt Holliday (10, Partch)
SF - Carlos Beltran (1)
SH - Lance Lynn (7)
RBI - Matt Carpenter 3 (24), Carlos Beltran 2 (42), Matt Holliday 4 (37), Yadier Molina (31), Daniel Descalso (21)
2-OUT RBI - Matt Carpenter 2 (13), Matt Holliday 4 (17)
CS - Matt Carpenter (1, 2nd base by Simon/Hanigan)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Carlos Beltran 1
DP - Molina-Freese-M. Carpenter, Descalso-M. Carpenter-Craig
E - David Freese (3, Misplayed grounder)
St. Louis Cardinals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Lance Lynn 6544360 3.00
Randy Choate 0.1100100 3.09
Seth Maness 0.2000000 3.12
Trevor Rosenthal (W,1-0) 2000040 1.69
Kevin Siegrist 1000020 0.00
HBP - Cozart (by Lance Lynn), D. Robinson (by Lance Lynn)
Pitches-Strikes - Lance Lynn 98-69, Randy Choate 10-6, Seth Maness 1-1, Trevor Rosenthal 20-17, Kevin Siegrist 13-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Lance Lynn 5-6, Randy Choate 1-0, Seth Maness 1-0
Batters Faced - Lance Lynn 27, Randy Choate 3, Seth Maness 1, Trevor Rosenthal 6, Kevin Siegrist 3
Cincinnati Reds
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Shin-Soo Choo, CF4220111 .285
Derrick Robinson, LF3100011 .321
Joey Votto, 1B3110222 .325
Brandon Phillips, 2B5011003 .289
Jay Bruce, RF3023011 .274
Todd Frazier, 3B3000122 .246
Zack Cozart, SS3000021 .236
Ryan Hanigan, C4000021 .177
Bronson Arroyo, P2000002 .143
   a- Donald Lutz, PH1000010 .245
    Sam LeCure, P0000000 .000
    Alfredo Simon, P0000000 .200
    Jonathan Broxton, P0000000 .000
    Aroldis Chapman, P0000000 .000
   b- Xavier Paul, PH1000000 .273
    J.J. Hoover, P0000000 .000
    Curtis Partch, P0000000 .000
Totals32464412  
a-struck out for Arroyo in the 6th
b-flied out for Chapman in the 9th
Batting
2B - Shin-Soo Choo (15, Lynn), Jay Bruce (19, Lynn)
SF - Jay Bruce (2)
SH - Derrick Robinson (2)
RBI - Brandon Phillips (46), Jay Bruce 3 (43)
2-OUT RBI - Jay Bruce 2 (12)
Team LOB - 6
Cincinnati Reds
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Bronson Arroyo 6622141 3.35
Sam LeCure0322000 2.49
Alfredo Simon (BS,1) 1000100 3.09
Jonathan Broxton 1000210 4.10
Aroldis Chapman 1000020 2.25
J.J. Hoover (L,0-5) 0.2466210 5.40
Curtis Partch 0.1111001 27.00
IBB - Jay by Jonathan Broxton, Jay by J.J. Hoover
Pitches-Strikes - Bronson Arroyo 84-56, Sam LeCure 13-8, Alfredo Simon 9-3, Jonathan Broxton 19-10, Aroldis Chapman 12-8, J.J. Hoover 35-19, Curtis Partch 10-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bronson Arroyo 7-7, Jonathan Broxton 1-1, Curtis Partch 1-0
Batters Faced - Bronson Arroyo 25, Sam LeCure 3, Alfredo Simon 3, Jonathan Broxton 5, Aroldis Chapman 3, J.J. Hoover 8, Curtis Partch 2
Game Information
Attendance - 38023
Game Time - 3:52
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Phil Cuzzi, First Base - Tom Hallion, Second Base - Chris Guccione, Third Base - Mike Estabrook