National League Game Summary - St. Louis at Cincinnati|
(Friday, July 13th)
Final Score: Cincinnati 5, St. Louis 3
Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - Ryan Hanigan's go-ahead RBI infield single
highlighted a three-run bottom of the seventh inning and helped the Cincinnati
Reds take down the St. Louis Cardinals, 5-3, in the opener of a three-game
Brandon Phillips registered his sixth three-hit game of the year and scored
twice for the Reds, who have won four straight games. Todd Frazier belted a
solo homer and scored twice.
"His focus and his determination were keen," Reds manager Dusty Baker said of
Phillips. "That's what hitting is all about and that's what playing baseball
is all about."
Alfredo Simon (1-1) picked up the win after tossing two scoreless innings.
Adam Wainwright (7-9) allowed four runs on five hits and two walks in 6 1/3
innings for St. Louis, which had won six of its last eight coming in.
"I didn't make many mistakes tonight, really," said Wainwright. "I've had some
tough losses this year. That's one of those head scratchers where you just
don't know how that happened. I had good enough stuff to win tonight."
Trailing 2-1 after six innings of play, the Reds went ahead after pushing
across three runs in the seventh.
With the bases loaded and one away, Hanigan cued a slow roller off the
end of the bat to first. Allen Craig ranged to his right to field the
grounder, but threw the ball away at first, allowing Phillips and Jay Bruce to
score, making it 3-2 in favor of the Reds.
Zack Cozart lifted a sacrifice fly to center two batters later to stretch the
advantage to 4-2.
St. Louis got within a run following Shane Robinson's RBI single in the
eighth, but the Reds got the run back in the home half after Ryan
Ludwick smacked an RBI triple to make it 5-3.
Aroldis Chapman struck out the side in the ninth to notch his 12th save of the
season. He has fanned 74 batters in 40 1/3 innings pitched this season.
The Cardinals struck first with a run in the opening frame and another in the
Carlos Beltran worked a leadoff walk in the first, advanced to third two
batters later following Yadier Molina's double and after David Freese walked,
he scored when Skip Schumaker slapped a single to right, giving St. Louis a
Back-to-back singles by Rafael Furcal and Jon Jay put runners on the corners
to begin the third. Furcal crossed the plate when Matt Holliday rolled into a
fielder's choice, extending the margin to 2-0.
Cincinnati got on the board in the fifth following Frazier's opposite-field
solo homer, which cut the deficit to 2-1.
Reds starter Mat Latos surrendered two runs on four hits and three walks in
five innings. He hasn't lost a decision since April 18 -- 15 starts -- and is
7-0 during that span...Holliday extended his hitting streak to 12
games...Ludwick's triple was his first of the season...Frazier has 10 homers
on the year, the most by a Reds rookie third baseman in franchise history.
07/14 02:34:23 ET