National League Game Summary - Cincinnati at St. Louis|
(Tuesday, April 30th)
Final Score: St. Louis 2, Cincinnati 1
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Jaime Garcia pitched eight strong innings as
Matt Holliday's two-run home run lifted the St. Louis Cardinals to a 2-1 win
over the Cincinnati Reds at Busch Stadium.
Garcia (3-1) scattered just seven hits and a run for St. Louis, which snapped
a three-game losing skid and knotted the three-game set with Cincinnati.
Carlos Beltran went 3-for-4.
Bronson Arroyo (2-3) was solid as well despite the loss. Although he went
without a strikeout for the first time since May 28, 2011, Arroyo needed just
78 pitches to get through seven innings. He allowed Holliday's homer.
"I can't complain about it," Arroyo said of his outing. "I pitched a great
ballgame, but Garcia pitched a little bit better."
The Reds threatened in the second inning as Brandon Phillips and Jay Bruce
slapped back-to-back singles with no outs. However Todd Frazier grounded into
a fielder's choice and Devin Mesoraco rolled into a double-play.
After four scoreless frames, Cincinnati finally broke through with a run in
the top of the fifth. Following a Mesoraco single, Derrick Robinson reached on
a fielder's choice. Arroyo laid down a sacrifice bunt, advancing Robinson to
second, where he scored on Shin-Soo Choo's RBI-double. Zack Cozart grounded
out, leaving Choo stranded on second.
With one away in the bottom of the sixth, Beltran singled to right, bringing
up Holliday, who was 0-2 with two groundouts to that point. Holliday battled
to a full count before lining an Arroyo off-speed pitch into the seats in
"He's just so strong, the ball was on a line," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny
said of Holliday's homer. "It was a nice short stroke, wasn't trying to do too
much. It was good to see that timely hit."
Edward Mujica struck out the side in the ninth for his fifth save in as many
Garcia threw 70 of his 92 pitches for strikes ... Holliday grounded into two
double-plays ... The Cardinals did not register an at-bat with a runner in
scoring position ... Both teams slapped seven hits ... Phillips went 2-for-4.
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