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National League Game Summary - Cincinnati at St. Louis



(Wednesday, August 20)

Final Score: St. Louis 7, Cincinnati 3

St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Jhonny Peralta drove in three runs and Jon Jay had another terrific night at the plate as the St. Louis Cardinals topped the Cincinnati Reds, 7-3, in the finale of a three-game set.

Jay singled three times, scored twice and drove in a run to extend his hitting streak to 12 games. Jay has driven in 12 runs during that stretch. He was also hit by a pitch for the seventh time in his last eight.

"We have a cold tub, and I live in there now," joked Jay. "We've been playing hard all year. I like the way we're playing right now."

Lance Lynn (14-8) was dominant on the hill, striking out five in seven innings of scoreless ball for the Cards, who completed a series sweep of Cincinnati at Busch Stadium for the first time since Sept. 26-28, 2008.

The Cardinals also denied Reds starter Johnny Cueto (15-7) his major league- leading 16th win of the season and ended his five-start win streak. Cueto lost for the first time since July 2 after allowing five runs on seven hits with four walks in just five-plus innings.

"Just one of those days where he didn't have a real good feel for his delivery," said Reds manager Bryan Price. "Lot of deep counts and close misses early. As the game wore on, it got a little bit more just spraying the ball around the zone."

Cincinnati has dropped five straight and 10 of 12. Cueto was on the mound for both of those wins.

Trailing 7-0 through eight innings, the Reds made things interesting against Carlos Martinez in the ninth. A single by pinch-hitter Jack Hannahan and a pair of errors led to the first two Cincinnati runs of the game. Kris Negron then made it 7-3 with his infield single, and Devin Mesoraco blooped a double to left to put runners on second and third and chase Martinez.

Trevor Rosenthal came on and avoided further damage, picking up his 37th save of the season in the process.

Earlier, Jay singled with one away in the third inning and scored the game's first run when Matt Holliday doubled to right-center.

Another Jay hit, this time an infield single with two outs in the fifth, led to Peralta's bases-clearing double. Holliday was hit by a pitch and Matt Adams drew a walk to load them for Peralta, who went the other way with a liner to right-center.

A pair of walks around Daniel Descalso's double in the home sixth spelled the end of Cueto's outing. Logan Andrusek came on and avoided the big inning, giving up a line-drive sac fly to Matt Carpenter and nothing else.

Following a 58-minute rain delay, Peter Bourjos doubled in a run with no outs in the eighth and Jay singled him in later in the frame for the 7-0 lead.

Game Notes

The Cardinals have won four games in a row and seven of eight ... St. Louis finished 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position and stranded 10 ... Ramon Santiago and Jay Bruce had two hits apiece for Cincinnati.

08/20 23:47:49 ET

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CAR 10
NOS 28
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ORL 98
WAS 105
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MIN 97
DET 91
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CLE 90
NYK 95
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DAL 120
UTA 102
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OKC 90
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FSU 42
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GASO 42
TROY 10
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BUF 2
BOS 3
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PIT 3
LOS 0
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WIN 1
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ARI 1
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CHI 5
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TAM 4
PHI 3
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STL 2
ANA 0
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MIN 4
SJS 3
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COL 5
NYI 0
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CAR 10
NOS 28