National League Game Summary - St. Louis at Cincinnati|
(Tuesday, April 10th)
Final Score: St. Louis 3, Cincinnati 1
Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - Carlos Beltran hit a solo home run in the
first and David Freese added a two-run shot in the sixth and the Cardinals
beat the Reds, 3-1, in the second test of a three-game set at Great American
Kyle Lohse (2-0), who allowed just two hits and a run in 7 1/3 innings in his
first start of the year, was impressive again, yielding one run on four hits
and one walk over six innings.
"You're going to win a ton of ballgames if your starters do what they're
doing," Freese said. "The bats aren't always going to be there. The arms won't
always be there. But when everything is clicking, we're a tough team to beat."
Freese finished with two hits, while Lance Berkman, who left the game in the
ninth inning with a left leg strain, added two hits, including a triple, and a
run scored. Jason Motte struck out one in a perfect bottom of the ninth to
record his second save of the year.
Mike Leake (0-1) was touched for three runs on seven hits and one walk over
six innings. Joey Votto knocked in the lone Cincinnati run and Jay Bruce
tallied two hits in defeat.
"We just have to do the little things, especially when you're struggling to
score runs," said Reds manager Dusty Baker. "You have to scratch, claw and
scrape any way you can to get runs in. Then you start rolling from there."
After Jon Jay grounded out to start the game, Beltran lifted Leake's third
offering into the seats in left-center field to give St. Louis an early 1-0
The Cardinals struck again in the sixth as Berkman laced a one-out triple to
the right-field corner and touched home plate two pitches later when Freese
launched an 0-1 curveball over the wall in right-center field, providing Lohse
with a 3-0 lead.
The Reds answered in the bottom half as Zack Cozart smoked a leadoff triple
and scored two pitches later on Votto's sacrifice fly to center field to trim
the deficit to 3-1.
But the Reds wouldn't register a hit over the next three innings as Mitchell
Boggs and Motte combined to retire the next nine batters in order to keep the
Cardinals on top.
Off the field, Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips agreed to a six-year deal
worth $72.5 million earlier in the day. Phillips was out of the lineup on
Tuesday and is expected to miss the next few games after exiting in the fifth
inning of Monday's game with a sore left hamstring...The Cardinals entered the
game leading the league in home runs with nine...Lohse made his 300th career
start...Cincinnati went 9-6 against St. Louis last season...Freese has 10 RBI
in 27 at-bats.
04/10 23:42:42 ET