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
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.
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