ST. LOUIS (AP) - Skip Schumaker singled to snap an eighth-inning
tie after the Cincinnati Reds twice rallied to even the score in
the St. Louis Cardinals' 6-3 victory Saturday.
Albert Pujols had an RBI double and added one of two
bases-loaded walks in a three-run eighth for the Cardinals. Pujols
is 9 of 17 with three doubles and four RBIs the first six games of
a seven-game homestand, including his first day off of the season
David Freese added his second homer of the season and second in
three days for the Cardinals, who have won six of seven and ended
the Reds' five-game winning streak.
Kyle Lohse allowed a run and struck out eight in seven innings,
but remained the lone member of the St. Louis rotation without a
win. He matched his best strikeout total since June 30, 2007, when
he was the Reds and faced the Cardinals in Cincinnati.
Lohse totaled seven strikeouts his first four starts of the
Ryan Franklin (1-0) got the last four outs after the Reds scored
twice off the St. Louis bullpen. He benefited from a poor throw by
Colby Rasmus on Scott Rolen's tying sacrifice fly to shallow
center. Rasmus, who was removed in a double switch, went 0 for 4
with three strikeouts.
The only run the first six innings came on Freese's drive that
barely cleared the right field wall in the fourth. Jay Bruce
tripled to start the seventh and Orlando Cabrera followed with a
sacrifice fly to tie the game.
Pujols' RBI double put the Cardinals ahead 2-1 in the seventh
and he scored on Scott Rolen's throwing error as the Cardinals took
a 3-1 lead. Rolen's wild throw to first on Holliday's infield hit
got away from Votto and allowed Pujols to score.
Jason LaRue doubled off Carlos Fisher (0-1) with one out in the
eighth, pinch runner Jaime Garcia advanced on a groundout and
Brendan Ryan walked on a full count before Schumaker lined a single
to left off Daniel Ray Herrera.
Matt Holliday also walked with the bases loaded, this one off
NOTES: C Yadier Molina and 3B Freese got tangled up a bit
chasing Bruce's foul pop in the fourth and Freese's glove went
flying as Molina made the catch near the Reds dugout. ... Of the
Cardinals' 111 runs, 53 have come on homers. ... Rolen, a
seven-time Gold Glove winner, has four errors after totaling five
last year with Toronto and Cincinnati.
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