Reds 5, Cardinals 3
St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Lance Berkman had an uneasy
feeling about the game Saturday with the Cincinnati Reds.
”We were living on the edge because we kept giving them chances
and they came through,” Berkman said.
Miguel Cairo hit a two-out, two-run, go-ahead single in the
eighth inning to lift the Reds to a 5-3 rain-delayed victory
against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Five Cardinal pitchers held Cincinnati to four hits but combined
for five walks and a hit batter to go along with two throwing
”That one inning, we made several mistakes you know one’s not
good and any time it is more than one it gives the other club more
of an opportunity,” St. Louis manager Tony La Russa said. ”So,
too many mistakes.”
The slumping Reds had lost seven of nine before snapping St.
Louis’ three-game winning streak.
”This was a big win,” Cincinnati manager Dusty Baker said.
”We needed it badly.”
A throwing error by Cardinals third baseman David Freese led to
three unearned runs in the eighth and Miguel Batista (1-1) and two
other St. Louis relievers couldn’t pitch around it.
Former Cardinals closer Ryan Franklin gave up a two-run single
to left field by Cairo.
”Obviously, it’s going to be wet but I just made an error and
it happens it turned out to be a big error,” Freese said. ”I just
got to make that play.”
Aroldis Chapman (1-0) got two outs in the seventh. Francisco
Cordero pitched the ninth for his third save and No. 293 for his
career, tying him with Jason Isringhausen for 22nd all-time.
The game was delayed 42 minutes after seven innings.
Chris Carpenter allowed two hits over six innings, striking out
six and walking two in his 300th career start for St. Louis. He had
won 10 consecutive starts over Cincinnati, dating back to Aug. 15,
2006, before Saturday’s no-decision.
Travis Wood started and pitched 6 1-3 innings, allowing eight
hits and three runs for the Reds.
With one out in the eighth, Freese threw wildly third on a
grounder hit by Drew Stubbs. Batista struck out Brandon Phillips
before intentionally walking Joey Votto. Batista hit Jonny Gomes
with a pitch to load the bases.
La Russa lifted Batista for left-hander Trever Miller, but
Miller walked lefty Jay Bruce on a 3-2 pitch to tie the game at
Former Cardinals closer Ryan Franklin, who lost his job after
four blown saves, relieved Miller and gave up a two-run single to
left field by Cairo.
”I was just trying to stay back and see what was coming,” said
Cairo, who turns 37 on May 5. ”He left it out over the plate and I
was just lucky enough to get a hit.”
Franklin got out of the inning by getting pinch-hitter Jeremy
Hermida to fly out. Franklin walked off the field to a cascade of
boos by the fans who stuck around after the delay.
The Reds tied the game at 2-all when Votto ripped a 3-0 pitch in
the left-field bleachers after Phillips walked with one out in the
”I got ahead of Phillips and wasn’t able to put him away and
fell behind Votto and made a mistake,” Carpenter said. ”I had a
feeling he was probably thinking if he gets a good pitch to hit
there he’s going to swing so I’m trying to make a good pitch down
and away and I cut it off a little bit and left it in the middle of
the plate and he hit it out.”
Albert Pujols gave St. Louis the lead at 3-2 when he hit a solo
home run deep in the left-field bleachers in the sixth. The
437-foot homer tied Pujols for the NL lead with seven homers. He
now has 415 in 10-year career. It was his third homer in five home
games and six in his last nine.
Freese gave the Cardinals a 1-0 lead in the second with an RBI
single and Colby Rasmus made it 2-0 in the third with a sacrifice
fly that scored Carpenter, who led off with a double.
NOTES: Ryan Theriot had a throwing error at shortstop in the
ninth, his sixth error of the season. … Pujols and Yadier Molina
received their 2010 Rawlings Gold Glove awards before Saturday’s
game. Sunday, Pujols and Matt Holliday will receive their
Louisville Silver Slugger trophies before the game. … La Russa
said before the game Jake Westbrook will start Sunday night’s
series finale on three days’ rest. It will be for the third time in
his career he’s done that and it is the first time since 2001 that
Westbrook has gone on three days rest. Baker would not reveal his
starter for Sunday. ”It’s question mark vs. Westbrook,” Baker
said. … The Reds will be playing on a Sunday night for the first
time for the since they faced the Los Angeles Dodgers on May 8,