Cardinals 8, Reds 2
Matt Holliday is hoping to play a key role in another playoff
run for the St. Louis Cardinals. He sure got plenty of help on
Holliday had four hits and four RBIs, Adam Wainwright won his
fifth consecutive start and the Cardinals beat the Cincinnati Reds
8-2 on Sunday.
Allen Craig homered and drove in three runs as St. Louis handed
the Reds their second series loss in 13 sets since the All-Star
break. The Cardinals have won five of six to move within six games
of the NL Central-leading Reds.
”Holliday had a huge day,” manager Mike Matheny said. ”It’s
amazing how the conversations outside of this clubhouse start
questioning him. It’s not long before he shows everybody how much
he means to us.”
Holliday is batting .444 (12 for 27) with eight RBIs in his last
six games. St. Louis stormed to the World Series title last year
and is leading the race for the final NL wild card this season, but
is still holding out hope for catching Cincinnati in the
”I’m just trying to do my part,” Holliday said. ”This is a
team game. We only play the Reds three more times. We are going to
need some help.”
St. Louis’ 17 hits are the most allowed by Cincinnati in one
game this season. The Cardinals collected 42 hits while taking two
of three in the weekend series.
”Those guys are all hitting .300,” Reds second baseman Brandon
Phillips said. ”I don’t know who is making outs for that
Wainwright (13-10) allowed two runs and six hits in 5 2-3
innings while improving to 6-0 with a 1.80 ERA in his last seven
starts overall. The 6-foot-7 right-hander, who missed all of last
season because of elbow surgery, hasn’t lost since July 18 at
”I wanted to take my team further in the game than that, but I
get it,” Wainwright said. ”I had a couple of games in a row that
I threw a lot of pitches.”
Reds manager Dusty Baker said Wainwright was on his game.
”Wainwright threw the ball well,” Baker said. ”There’s not
much else to say, except they beat us.”
Reds right-hander Homer Bailey (10-9) gave up five runs in six
innings while falling to 1-3 with a 6.04 ERA in five August starts.
He also allowed a season-high nine hits for the sixth time.
The Cardinals strung together four consecutive ground-ball
singles during a five-hit third inning that plated three runs. Skip
Schumaker led off with a double to right-center, and Wainwright
chipped in with a one-out single into left field. Schumaker scored
on Jon Jay’s base hit up the middle and Matt Carpenter singled to
load the bases before Holliday’s two-run single to left.
”With Wainwright on the mound, we felt pretty good with those
first three runs,” Holliday said.
St. Louis added two more in the sixth to make it 5-0. Holliday
hit a leadoff triple before Craig drove a 1-2 pitch over the wall
in left for his 20th homer.
”The two Matts got on base. That got us started. I take pride
in driving in runs,” Craig said.
Chris Heisey and Ryan Ludwick had RBI singles in the sixth for
Cincinnati, which beat the Cardinals 8-2 on Saturday.
Holliday also doubled in a run in the seventh and singled in
Carpenter in the ninth.
NOTES: Reds 1B Joey Votto is scheduled to start a rehab
assignment Tuesday at Single-A Dayton, perhaps the last step of his
comeback from two minor surgical procedures related to a torn
meniscus in his left knee. The Reds are 27-14 since Votto left the
lineup. … RHP Nick Masset was awaiting the results of an MRI on
his right shoulder after soreness returned following his rehab
appearance with Triple-A Louisville on Aug. 21. Masset has been on
the disabled list since spring training. … The Reds and Cardinals
meet one more time this season, in the final series Oct. 1-3 in St.