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

sixth inning.

”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,