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Holliday's two-run double rallies Cardinals past Reds

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ST. LOUIS -- Lance Lynn dug another early hole. The St. Louis Cardinals offense climbed right out of it.

Lynn gave up three first-inning runs for the second straight time against the Cincinnati Reds, but again came away a winner. When he's on the mound, the other pitcher often suffers.

"There's no secret that he gets good run production," manager Mike Matheny said after the Cardinals rallied for a 7-5 victory on Tuesday night. "It's hard to explain with Lance. I think some guys just have a knack of being in the right place when we've got a lot of offensive support."

Matt Holliday hit a go-ahead two-run double in the sixth inning that glanced off right fielder Jay Bruce's glove on the warning track.

"I just jumped a tad early," Bruce said. "Error or not, it's a ball I should have caught and I expect to catch."

Yadier Molina homered and Peter Bourjos had three hits and an RBI to help the Cardinals clinch their 26th series win to go with three losses and two splits since 2003 at Busch Stadium against Cincinnati. They're 4-1 against the Reds already this year, leaving a top division rival scuffling at 2-6 overall.

"There's not a whole lot of blatantly one-sided games, it's one or two mistakes here or there," Reds starter Homer Bailey said. "We can't think about what we do here or what we do just against them.

"Across the board, we just need to get better."

Bruce had a two-run triple in the first, Billy Hamilton's second hit of the season drove in a run and Ryan Ludwick had two RBI for the Reds.

The Reds squandered a 4-0 second-inning lead by the bottom half of the inning. The Cardinals averaged 5.67 runs in Lynn's starts last year, third-most in the National League, and have scored seven both outings this year.

"The offense was able to pick me up again," Lynn said. "That's the beautiful thing about baseball, you can have a sub-par pitching performance and great offensive night."

Trevor Rosenthal finished for his third save in three chances.

Bruce appeared to have a bead on Holliday's two-out drive with two on against Logan Ondrusek (0-1), but had to jump a bit at the last instant and the ball glanced off his glove as the Cardinals took a 6-5 lead. Bourjos added an RBI single in the seventh off J.J. Hoover.

Both starters scuffled, just as they did in the second game of the season in Cincinnati. Lynn has surrendered eight runs in 11 innings and Bailey has permitted eight runs on 16 hits and five walks in 9 1-3 innings.

"So far at the beginning of games I haven't been able to get that rhythm that I would like," Lynn said. "I've had it later in games and I need to get a better rhythm out of the gate and I'll be all right."

Lynn is 5-1 for his career against the Reds, including three wins last year. Bailey is 5-10 against the Cardinals.

"Tonight, I definitely feel like I deserve the loss," Bailey said. "I guess you can always say it's still early but every single game counts."

Joey Votto and Bruce had one-out hits in the fifth ahead of Ludwick's run-scoring groundout for a 5-4 lead.

Cardinals leadoff man Matt Carpenter had two hits, an RBI and was hit by a pitch against Bailey. He's 13 for 22 against the right-hander.

Notes

It was 61 degrees for the first pitch, a 12-degree improvement over the home opener Monday. ... The Cardinals received World Series rings in a pre-game ceremony. "I'm going to be wearing this one," manager Mike Matheny said. "My fingers have been busted up pretty bad, so they don't hold rings real well. But I'm going to make sure this one stays with me for a while." ... Shelby Miller (0-1, 8.44) opposes Mike Leake (0-1, 5.40) in the series finale Wednesday afternoon. Miller gave up three solo homers in his first start at Pittsburgh. Leake makes his ninth start against the Cardinals but just his second on the road. ... Rehabbing Reds reliever Sean Marshall (shoulder) is scheduled to throw an inning at extended spring training Wednesday.

 
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Matt Holliday smacks the decisive two-run double and the Cardinals win their 26th series against the Reds at home since 2003. (USATSI)
Matt Holliday smacks the decisive two-run double and the Cardinals win their 26th series against the Reds at home since 2003. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
St. Louis

Y. Molina
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
Cincinnati

J. Bruce
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Cincinnati Reds
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Billy Hamilton, CF5011012 .091
Brandon Phillips, 2B4110001 .258
Joey Votto, 1B3220010 .286
Jay Bruce, RF4122001 .207
Ryan Ludwick, LF3002011 .320
Todd Frazier, 3B4000032 .310
Zack Cozart, SS3000000 .038
   a-Brayan Pena, PH1010000 .353
   Ramon Santiago, PR0000000 .000
Devin Mesoraco, C4120021 .500
Homer Bailey, P2000002 .250
   b-Neftali Soto, PH1000000 .000
   Logan Ondrusek, P0000000 .000
   J.J. Hoover, P0000000 .000
   Nick Christiani, P0000000 .000
   c-Roger Bernadina, PH1000011 .091
Totals3559509  
a-singled for Cozart in the 9th
b-grounded out for Bailey in the 6th
c-struck out for Christiani in the 9th
Batting
2B - Brandon Phillips (1, Lynn), Devin Mesoraco 2 (2, Lynn)
3B - Jay Bruce (1, Lynn)
SF - Ryan Ludwick (1)
RBI - Billy Hamilton (1), Jay Bruce 2 (7), Ryan Ludwick 2 (4)
2-OUT RBI - Billy Hamilton (1)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Frazier-B. Phillips-Votto
E - Todd Frazier (2, Throwing)
Cincinnati Reds
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Homer Bailey 5944251 7.71
Logan Ondrusek (L,0-1; BS,1) 1222010 5.40
J.J. Hoover 1211200 19.29
Nick Christiani 1000010 0.00
HBP - M. Carpenter (by Logan Ondrusek)
Pitches-Strikes - Homer Bailey 99-64, Logan Ondrusek 20-13, J.J. Hoover 31-19, Nick Christiani 9-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Homer Bailey 5-4, Logan Ondrusek 2-0, J.J. Hoover 1-2, Nick Christiani 1-1
Batters Faced - Homer Bailey 25, Logan Ondrusek 6, J.J. Hoover 7, Nick Christiani 3
St. Louis Cardinals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Matt Carpenter, 3B4221003 .321
Kolten Wong, 2B4022115 .280
Matt Holliday, LF4012123 .226
Allen Craig, RF5000025 .097
   Trevor Rosenthal, P0000000 .000
Yadier Molina, C5231010 .281
Matt Adams, 1B4020001 .367
Jhonny Peralta, SS3000113 .074
Peter Bourjos, CF4231002 .227
Lance Lynn, P2100003 .000
   a-Daniel Descalso, PH0000000 .000
   Randy Choate, P0000000 .000
   b-Shane Robinson, PH0000100 .000
   Carlos Martinez, P0000000 .000
   Jon Jay, RF0000000 .250
Totals35713747  
a-hit a sacrifice bunt for Lynn in the 6th
b-walked for Choate in the 7th
Batting
2B - Matt Holliday (3, Ondrusek), Yadier Molina (2, Hoover), Peter Bourjos (2, Ondrusek)
3B - Kolten Wong (1, Bailey)
HR - Yadier Molina (3, Bailey)
SH - Daniel Descalso (1)
RBI - Matt Carpenter (3), Kolten Wong 2 (2), Matt Holliday 2 (5), Yadier Molina (7), Peter Bourjos (1)
2-OUT RBI - Matt Carpenter (1), Kolten Wong 2 (2), Matt Holliday 2 (2)
SB - Kolten Wong (2, 2nd base off Bailey/Mesoraco)
Team LOB - 10
St. Louis Cardinals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Lance Lynn (W,2-0) 6855040 6.55
Randy Choate (H,2) 1000010 4.50
Carlos Martinez (H,4) 1000020 1.42
Trevor Rosenthal (S,3) 1100020 4.15
HBP - Votto (by Lance Lynn)
Pitches-Strikes - Lance Lynn 112-73, Randy Choate 10-8, Carlos Martinez 13-8, Trevor Rosenthal 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Lance Lynn 6-8, Randy Choate 1-1, Carlos Martinez 1-0
Batters Faced - Lance Lynn 27, Randy Choate 3, Carlos Martinez 3, Trevor Rosenthal 4
Game Information
Attendance - 40672
Game Time - 3:10
Temperature - 60
Umpires - Home - Hal Gibson, First Base - Dale Scott, Second Base - Dan Iassogna, Third Base - C.B. Bucknor