National League Game Summary - Cincinnati at St. Louis|
(Tuesday, August 27th)
Final Score: St. Louis 6, Cincinnati 1
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - The St. Louis Cardinals are showing no signs
of slowing down, as they knocked around Cincinnati Reds ace Mat Latos and
notched their ninth win in 11 games with a 6-1 victory on Tuesday at Busch
The Cardinals banged out 11 hits -- nine of them off Latos (13-5) -- and
received an RBI from five different players to stretch their NL Central lead
to 1 1/2 games over the Pirates and 4 1/2 clear of the Reds.
Joe Kelly (6-3) worked through eight hits and three walks to allow just one
run -- a solo homer by Shin-Soo Choo. Kelly is 6-0 in eight starts since
joining the rotation on July 6.
"It's just hard to complain with what he did today," said St. Louis manager
Mike Matheny. "He came out with a lot of confidence again."
Latos had allowed just three runs in 30 1/3 innings in August coming into the
start, but the Cardinals tagged him for four runs over six-plus frames. The
Reds are just 4-10 in meetings with St. Louis this season.
"This is just the way baseball goes," said Latos. "It is frustrating but
they're a good team and things aren't falling for us as of late."
Matt Carpenter, Carlos Beltran and Holliday each singled to begin St. Louis'
first turn at the plate, with Holliday's hit scoring Carpenter. Allen Craig
then hit into a double play with runners at the corners, but a run came in to
make it 2-0.
The Reds had their chances early, but only had Choo's homer to begin the fifth
to show for it. They stranded eight men on base through those five frames,
then never put a man on again the rest of the way.
Meanwhile, St. Louis slowly started building onto its advantage, plating a run
apiece in the sixth and seventh before tacking on a pair in the eighth.
Craig ripped a double into left in the sixth to score Beltran and extend the
Cardinals' edge to 3-1. Beltran had wisely tagged from first the at-bat prior
on Holliday's fly ball toward the weak-armed Choo in center.
A double steal by Jon Jay and Daniel Descalso in the seventh led to another
score, with Carpenter lifting a one-out sac fly for a 4-1 cushion.
The spread was five runs by the end of the eighth, with David Freese knocking
a run in with a single and another coming home on Descalso's ground ball force
The Reds have played 30 series in St. Louis since 2003, amassing a poor 3-25-2
record in those sets ... Carpenter scored his 100th run of the season ... Choo
hit his 100th career home run.
08/28 00:52:42 ET