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Lynn, Peralta lead Cardinals to sweep of Reds

By R.B. FALLSTROM
AP Sports Writer
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ST. LOUIS (AP) Facing Johnny Cueto definitely brought out the best in the Cardinals' Lance Lynn.

''It didn't hurt my feelings one bit beating him,'' the right-hander said after working seven scoreless innings against the 15-game winner in St. Louis' 7-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds Wednesday night.

''You see all the leader boards and you see his name up at the top. I outpitched him tonight, so yeah.''

Lynn beat Cincinnati for the third straight time and Jhonny Peralta hit a bases-clearing double for St. Louis.

Manager Mike Matheny said he'd anticipated seeing ''how Lance bows his neck'' against Cueto. ''It's a great opportunity to show what you can do,'' the manager added.

Cueto (15-7) was off-kilter from the get-go and missed a chance to become the majors' first 16-game winner. He allowed five runs in five-plus innings, and his seven-game winning streak ended.

''He just labored,'' manager Bryan Price said. ''We've come to expect him to be great every time and today just wasn't one of those times.''

The Cardinals have won eight of nine and swept the Reds at home for the first time since Sept. 26-28, 2008. Cincinnati has lost 10 of 12, with Cueto getting the two wins.

Jon Jay had three hits, scored twice and was plunked by a pitch for the sixth time in six games for St. Louis. He is batting .514 (18 for 35) during a 12-game hitting streak, and has been hit by a pitch a majors-leading 16 times.

Lynn (14-8) gave up four singles and was set to pitch the eighth leading 5-0 before a 58-minute rain delay ended his outing.

''You always want to keep going,'' Lynn said. ''For it to be ended by rain, that's never a great feeling. But we won the game, that's all that matters.''

The Reds scored three times in the ninth, and Trevor Rosenthal got two outs for his 37th save in 42 chances.

Brandon Phillips got his first hit of the series, a single in the Reds seventh for the 1,500th of his career. Reds pinch hitters were 3 for 4 in a three-run ninth, including an RBI infield hit by Kris Negron.

Cueto had numerous mound conferences with catcher Brayan Pena and was pulled after walking Lynn on four pitches to load the bases with none out in the sixth. It wasn't particularly hot, 86 degrees for the first pitch, but the right-hander said humidity took a toll.

''I'm used to pitching with long sleeves and it was so wet and my hand was getting really slippery,'' Cueto said through a translator. ''I could not grip the ball the way I wanted.''

The weather didn't seem to bother Lynn.

''They were sweating, they both were,'' Matheny said of the starting pitchers. ''But he just never looked like he was gassed at all.''

Cueto had been 7-0 with a 2.24 ERA in his previous eight starts, including 3-0 this month. But matched his shortest outing of the year and season high with four walks, plus hit two batters.

Jay singled and scored on Matt Holliday's double in the third. Jay reached on a two-out infield hit in the fifth, leading to Peralta's three-run double.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Reds: RHP Carlos Contreras gave up two runs and got two outs in the eighth. He was taken out after a misstep on a pitch after play resumed, and Price had no immediate update after the game. ... Closer Aroldis Chapman missed the first two games with a sore left shoulder and played catch Wednesday.

Cardinals: C Yadier Molina, recovering from a torn ligament to his right thumb, took swings for the first time indoors. He's been throwing in pregame workouts for a few days.

UP NEXT

Reds: Rookie LHP David Holmberg (0-0, 16.88) makes his second career start to open a four-game series Thursday at home against Atlanta.

Cardinals: After a day off, RHP Adam Wainwright (15-7, 2.40) will flip spots with Shelby Miller and start on regular rest Friday night at Philadelphia.

 
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J. Jay
AB 4
R 2
H 3
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H 2
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Cincinnati Reds
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Billy Hamilton, CF5010022.269.300.390
Jay Bruce, RF4020111.224.301.389
Todd Frazier, 1B4000115.281.342.461
Ryan Ludwick, LF3000012.257.316.401
   a-Jack Hannahan, PH1110000.105.150.158
Brayan Pena, C3000000.265.298.385
   b-Skip Schumaker, PH1000001.236.289.315
Brandon Phillips, 2B4110010.269.306.384
Ramon Santiago, 3B3120111.248.344.312
Zack Cozart, SS3000003.223.272.297
   c-Kris Negron, PH1011000.286.321.494
Johnny Cueto, P2000001.140.155.140
   Logan Ondrusek, P0000000.000.000.000
   J.J. Hoover, P0000000.0001.000.000
   d-Chris Heisey, PH1000000.223.273.359
   Carlos Contreras, P0000000.000.000.000
   Sam LeCure, P0000000.000.000.000
   e-Devin Mesoraco, PH1010000.283.356.553
Totals3639137    
a-singled for Ludwick in the 9th
b-lined out for B. Pena in the 9th
c-singled for Cozart in the 9th
d-flied out for Hoover in the 8th
e-doubled for LeCure in the 9th
Batting
2B - Devin Mesoraco (21, Martinez)
RBI - Kris Negron (12)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Billy Hamilton 1
DP - Hamilton-Frazier
E - Zack Cozart (8, Throwing)
Cincinnati Reds
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Johnny Cueto (L,15-7) 5755440 2.24
Logan Ondrusek 1000010 4.45
J.J. Hoover 1100020 5.27
Carlos Contreras 0.2222210 6.11
Sam LeCure 0.1000000 3.80
WP - Carlos Contreras (3)
HBP - Jay (by Johnny Cueto)
Pitches-Strikes - Johnny Cueto 103-60, Logan Ondrusek 8-6, J.J. Hoover 16-12, Carlos Contreras 21-10, Sam LeCure 2-1
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Johnny Cueto 3-7, J.J. Hoover 1-0
Batters Faced - Johnny Cueto 27, Logan Ondrusek 3, J.J. Hoover 4, Carlos Contreras 6, Sam LeCure 1
St. Louis Cardinals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Matt Carpenter, 3B3011000.283.377.400
   a-Greg Garcia, PH-SS1000011.182.400.273
Jon Jay, CF-RF-LF4231012.313.385.407
Matt Holliday, LF3111014.262.366.408
   b-Shane Robinson, PH-RF1000001.140.210.193
Matt Adams, 1B3100213.309.332.486
Jhonny Peralta, SS4013021.266.339.459
   c-Kolten Wong, PH-2B1000002.243.285.387
A.J. Pierzynski, C4010011.259.292.348
Oscar Taveras, RF3110101.224.263.298
   Carlos Martinez, P0000000.250.250.250
   Trevor Rosenthal, P0000000.000.000.000
Daniel Descalso, 2B-3B2110200.217.291.296
Lance Lynn, P2000112.044.122.067
   Randy Choate, P0000000.000.000.000
   Peter Bourjos, CF1111000.230.296.364
Totals32710768    
a-struck out for M. Carpenter in the 8th
b-flied out for Holliday in the 8th
c-flied out for Peralta in the 8th
Batting
2B - Matt Carpenter (31, Cueto), Matt Holliday (29, Cueto), Jhonny Peralta (33, Cueto), Daniel Descalso (9, Cueto), Peter Bourjos (8, Contreras)
SF - Matt Carpenter (7)
RBI - Matt Carpenter (49), Jon Jay (36), Matt Holliday (62), Jhonny Peralta 3 (59), Peter Bourjos (20)
2-OUT RBI - Jhonny Peralta 3 (26)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Peralta-Descalso-Adams
E - Jon Jay (2, Misplayed grounder(Ground rule)), Kolten Wong (10, Misplayed grounder(Ground rule))
St. Louis Cardinals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Lance Lynn (W,14-8) 7400250 2.78
Randy Choate 0.2100010 4.55
Carlos Martinez 0.2432010 4.82
Trevor Rosenthal (S,37) 0.2000100 3.57
WP - Carlos Martinez (7)
Pitches-Strikes - Lance Lynn 94-62, Randy Choate 9-7, Carlos Martinez 21-15, Trevor Rosenthal 17-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Lance Lynn 6-9, Carlos Martinez 1-1, Trevor Rosenthal 2-0
Batters Faced - Lance Lynn 26, Randy Choate 3, Carlos Martinez 7, Trevor Rosenthal 3
Game Information
Attendance - 43085
Game Time - 3:12
Temperature - 86
Umpires - Home - Todd Tichenor, First Base - Clint Fagan, Second Base - Tim Timmons, Third Base - Tim Welke