National League Game Summary - St. Louis at Cincinnati|
(Friday, August 2nd)
Final Score: St. Louis 13, Cincinnati 3
Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - Daniel Descalso had his first career multi-
homer game and David Freese drove in four runs, as the Cardinals walloped the
Cincinnati Reds, 13-3, in the opener of a three-game set from Great American
Descalso, who was one of three players with three hits for St. Louis, belted a
solo homer in the fifth inning off Curtis Partch and added another solo shot
in the seventh against Logan Ondrusek. Allen Craig also went deep and knocked
in three runs. Jon Jay had three RBI and Carlos Beltran went 3-for-3 with four
The Cardinals, who were overtaken by the Pirates after losing four of five in
Pittsburgh, have cranked up the offense the last two nights. They ripped the
Pirates, 13-0, on Thursday.
"Our guys put so much pressure on themselves offensively. It was frustrating
for quite a few days. It's nice to see some energy," Cardinals manager Mike
Shelby Miller (11-7) had eight strikeouts over five-plus innings to win for
the third time in four decisions.
Joey Votto clubbed a three-run homer for the Reds, who lost for the sixth time
in seven contests.
Bronson Arroyo (9-9) was shelled for eight hits and seven runs in a season-
short 3 2/3 innings.
"If I would have taken him out in the second or third, we would have been in
worse shape now that we would have," Reds manager Dusty Baker said of his
Freese doubled off the base of the wall in center to score three runs with
only one out in the opening inning. Jay followed with an RBI single to right.
Craig drove in a run with a single in the second for a 5-0 lead.
Miller was cruising early by striking out the side in the third, and the
Cardinals received back-to-back bases-loaded walks to Matt Holliday and Freese
before Jay roped a two-run double, all in the fourth for a 9-0 cushion.
Descalso homered to right leading off the fifth and Craig launched his 11th of
the campaign later in the frame for a 12-0 margin.
Votto homered to left-center in the sixth, but Descalso started the seventh
with a blast to right to account for the final margin.
Beltran is 14-for-35 in his career against Arroyo ... The Cardinals lead the
season series, 7-3 ... Arroyo, who fell to 8-16 lifetime against St. Louis,
had his shortest outing since July 16, 2012.
08/02 22:58:45 ET