Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - Matt Adams' second homer of the game proved
to be the difference as the St. Louis Cardinals outlasted the Cincinnati Reds,
5-4, in 16 innings on Wednesday.
Adams, who replaced Allen Craig at first base after the latter sprained his
left foot rounding first in the fourth inning, took Logan Ondrusek (3-1) deep
to right on the second pitch he saw. Carlos Martinez (2-1) secured the win for
the Cardinals with a 1-2-3 bottom of the 16th.
Matt Carpenter had three hits and scored twice to pace St. Louis, which won
for just the second time in its last seven contests. The Cardinals are a game
behind Pittsburgh for first place in the NL Central. After Thursday's finale
of this four-game series, the Cardinals host the Pirates for three contests.
Brandon Phillips homered and drove in his 100th run of the season in defeat.
Bronson Arroyo went seven strong innings for Cincinnati, allowing three runs
-- two earned -- on seven hits.
The Reds, who occupy the second wild card spot in the NL, are 3 1/2 games
Adams broke a 3-3 tie with a no-doubter to right off Alfredo Simon to put St.
Louis ahead in the top of the 14th.
The Reds responded with a run back in the bottom of the inning off Cardinals'
closer Edward Mujica when Billy Hamilton, pinch-running for Ryan Ludwick,
stole second and scored on a Zack Cozart single to center. It was Mujica's
third blown save of the season.
Shelby Miller, who started for St. Louis, ran into trouble early when Shin-Soo
Choo worked a walk to lead off the bottom of the first before Phillips
jumped on the first pitch he saw, ripping a double down the third base line.
The Cardinals' right-hander settled down and retired the side around a
Jay Bruce walk to avoid any runs.
Cincinnati made the most of its next opportunity when Arroyo sacrificed
runners to second and third for Choo, who grounded sharply to second to bring
in the game's first run. Miller's wild pitch to Phillips allowed Ryan Hanigan
to rush home for a 2-0 lead.
The Cardinals tied the score with a pair of runs in the fourth. Matt Holliday
plated Carpenter with a sac fly to center and Joey Votto's errant throw to
Arroyo covering first base after diving to his right on a Craig grounder
allowed Carlos Beltran to cross home plate without a throw. The runs were St.
Louis' first since the third inning of Monday's series-opener.
Phillips was swinging first-pitch once again in the fifth and helped the Reds
regain the lead when he took Miller out of the park for his 18th home run of
Carpenter's third hit of the night, a double to right-center, sparked the
Cardinals' half of the sixth. Beltran followed with an RBI single to center
to tie the game.
St. Louis pitchers had retired 19 straight Reds before Choo muscled a bloop
single to center off Tyler Lyons with two outs in the 12th inning, but
Phillips struck out, stranding Choo on first.
Phillips became the first Reds' second baseman since Joe Morgan in 1976 to
knock in at least 100 runs ... Arroyo laid down three successful sacrifice
bunts in his three plate appearances ... Hamilton, who made his major league
debut Tuesday night, has entered as a pinch-runner, stolen second and scored
in consecutive games to begin his career ... Votto ended 0-for-7 for the first
time in his career ... Miller allowed three runs on six hits in 5 2/3 innings.
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