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Cardinals beat Reds on bases-loaded HBP in 9th

By STEVE OVERBEY
Associated Press
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ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Cardinals are finding new ways to get walk-off wins.

Jon Jay was hit by a pitch from J.J. Hoover with the bases-loaded in the ninth inning, lifting the Cardinals to a 5-4 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night.

The walk-off victory was the second in two nights for the Cardinals, who won for the fifth time in six games and remained 2 1/2 games behind Milwaukee in the NL Central.

Jhonny Peralta's RBI single in the 10th inning Monday provided St. Louis with a thrilling last-at-bat triumph.

Matt Holliday drew a leadoff walk to start Tuesday's winning rally. He advanced to third on Matt Adams' single. After Peter Bourjos ran for Holliday, Peralta walked to load the bases. Hoover (1-10) then plunked Jay to force in Bourjos with the winning run.

''It's not like you hope to get hit by a pitch every time,'' Jay said. ''But I'll take it.''

St. Louis got its sixth walk-off win of the season. The Cardinals also posted consecutive wins in such fashion July 7-8 against Pittsburgh.

The Reds lost in walk-off fashion for the third time in the last four games. They are a season-high 10 games out of first place.

''(Two walk-offs) in a row isn't fun,'' Cincinnati third baseman Todd Frazier said. ''It's crazy, I've never been around something like that. I never want to see it again.''

Jay scored the tying run in the eighth on pinch-hitter Daniel Descalso's RBI double off reliever Jumbo Diaz.

''Call it whatever you want to call it, but we're just playing better baseball right now,'' Descalso said. ''We've got down the last couple nights and we've come back. That's always a good sign.''

Reliever Pat Neshek (6-0) pitched a scoreless ninth inning.

Frazier put the Reds in front 2-1, with a two-run homer in the fourth. It was his 21st home run of the season, but first since July 20.

Cincinnati starter Alfredo Simon gave up three runs and eight hits over 5 1-3 innings. He struck out two and walked one.

St. Louis starter John Lackey gave up four runs, two earned, in six innings. He struck out seven and walked one.

Cincinnati scored twice in the sixth on a bases-loaded double by former Cardinals outfielder Ryan Ludwick. Errors by Holliday and Matt Carpenter and a walk set the stage for Ludwick's hit, which pushed the lead to 4-1.

But the Reds' taxed bullpen was unable to hold the lead.

''Short starts have bit us on the tail this road trip,'' Cincinnati manager Bryan Price said. ''It blows up the bullpen.''

Peralta homered in the sixth to cut the deficit to 4-2. It was Peralta's 17th home run of the season, setting the single-season mark for a St. Louis shortstop. Jay and Oscar Taveras followed with hits before pinch-hitter Shane Robinson singled off reliever Sam LeCure to bring the Cardinals to 4-3.

''I feel like the last two nights have felt like playoff games,'' Adams said.

St. Louis took a 1-0 lead on a run-scoring single by Holliday in the third.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Reds: Closer Aroldis Chapman was unavailable Tuesday for the second night in a row with what manager Bryan Price called an, ''achy,'' shoulder. The reliever is listed as day-to-day by the Reds training staff. Chapman has 26 saves in 28 chances. He walked four successive batters on Sunday in Colorado.

Cardinals: INF Mark Ellis was put on the 15-day disabled list with a left oblique strain. Ellis, who is hitting .192 with 12 RBI, last played on Tuesday. INF Greg Garcia was recalled from Triple-A Memphis in time for Tuesday's contest. Garcia was hitting .273 with 40 RBI in 103 games for the Redbirds.

JAY KEEPS ROLLING

St. Louis OF Jon Jay extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a single in the second, the first of two hits. He is 15 for 31 during the run and reached base four times Tuesday.

UP NEXT

Reds: RHP Johnny Cueto (15-6, 2.06) will start the final game of the three-game set. Cueto is 7-0 with a 2.24 ERA over his last eight starts. His seven-game winning streak is a career high.

Cardinals: RHP Lance Lynn (13-8, 2.91) will make his team-leading 26th start of the season. He is 5-1 lifetime against the Reds

 
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Cincinnati

T. Frazier
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
St. Louis

J. Jay
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Cincinnati Reds
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Billy Hamilton, CF5110011.270.301.393
Jay Bruce, RF4100011.221.298.388
Todd Frazier, 3B-1B3222110.284.344.465
Devin Mesoraco, C4000011.281.354.548
Ryan Ludwick, LF4022000.259.319.405
   J.J. Hoover, P0000000.0001.000.000
Brandon Phillips, 2B4010014.269.306.386
Brayan Pena, 1B3000003.268.301.389
   Sam LeCure, P0000000.000.000.000
   Manny Parra, P0000000.000.000.000
   Jumbo Diaz, P0000000.000.000.000
   Skip Schumaker, LF1000000.237.291.316
Zack Cozart, SS4010011.225.274.299
Alfredo Simon, P2000011.109.128.130
   Kris Negron, 3B2000011.276.313.487
Totals3647418    
Batting
2B - Ryan Ludwick (20, Lackey)
HR - Todd Frazier (21, Lackey)
RBI - Todd Frazier 2 (66), Ryan Ludwick 2 (40)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Billy Hamilton 1
DP - Frazier-B. Phillips-B. Pena
Cincinnati Reds
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Alfredo Simon 5.1833121 3.35
Sam LeCure (H,13) 0.2200010 3.83
Manny Parra (H,15) 1100010 4.02
Jumbo Diaz (BS,1) 0.2211210 3.00
J.J. Hoover (L,1-10) 0.1111200 5.37
IBB - Adams by Alfredo Simon
HBP - Jay (by J.J. Hoover)
Pitches-Strikes - Alfredo Simon 109-69, Sam LeCure 10-7, Manny Parra 11-7, Jumbo Diaz 19-10, J.J. Hoover 18-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Alfredo Simon 4-9, Jumbo Diaz 1-0
Batters Faced - Alfredo Simon 24, Sam LeCure 3, Manny Parra 4, Jumbo Diaz 6, J.J. Hoover 5
St. Louis Cardinals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Matt Carpenter, 3B4010111.283.378.399
Kolten Wong, 2B5010016.244.286.388
Matt Holliday, LF4011112.262.365.406
   Peter Bourjos, PR0100000.226.293.356
Matt Adams, 1B4010101.311.331.489
Jhonny Peralta, SS4111103.266.340.458
Jon Jay, CF3221100.307.378.402
Oscar Taveras, RF4020012.222.257.297
Tony Cruz, C3000013.211.289.257
   a-A.J. Pierzynski, PH-C1010000.260.292.349
John Lackey, P2120000.333.333.333
   b-Shane Robinson, PH1011000.143.213.196
   Randy Choate, P0000000.000.000.000
   Seth Maness, P0000000.400.400.400
   c-Daniel Descalso, PH1011000.212.276.283
   Pat Neshek, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals36514555    
a-singled for Cruz in the 8th
b-singled for Lackey in the 6th
c-doubled for Maness in the 8th
Batting
2B - Daniel Descalso (8, J. Diaz)
HR - Jhonny Peralta (17, Simon)
RBI - Matt Holliday (61), Jhonny Peralta (56), Jon Jay (35), Shane Robinson (4), Daniel Descalso (9)
2-OUT RBI - Matt Holliday (19), Shane Robinson (3), Daniel Descalso (2)
SB - Matt Carpenter (5, 2nd base off Simon/Mesoraco)
Team LOB - 13
Fielding
E - Matt Carpenter (12, Misplayed grounder), Matt Holliday (4, Dropped fly), John Lackey (2, Throwing)
St. Louis Cardinals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
John Lackey 6442171 3.88
Randy Choate 1.1000000 4.66
Seth Maness 0.2200000 2.83
Pat Neshek (W,6-0) 1100010 0.84
Pitches-Strikes - John Lackey 91-65, Randy Choate 19-13, Seth Maness 10-7, Pat Neshek 11-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Lackey 6-7, Randy Choate 3-1, Pat Neshek 1-1
Batters Faced - John Lackey 25, Randy Choate 4, Seth Maness 4, Pat Neshek 4
Game Information
Attendance - 42573
Game Time - 3:29
Temperature - 93
Umpires - Home - Tim Welke, First Base - Todd Tichenor, Second Base - Clint Fagan, Third Base - Tim Timmons