National League Game Summary - St. Louis at Cincinnati|
(Sunday, August 4th)
Final Score: St. Louis 15, Cincinnati 2
Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - Lance Lynn tossed eight strong innings and
the St. Louis Cardinals pounded Cincinnati pitching for 19 hits in a 15-2
throttling of the Reds that capped a three-game series between the NL Central
rivals from Great American Ball Park.
Every St. Louis starter other than Lynn finished with at least two hits to
help the right-hander become the National League's third 13-game winner this
season. Ten of the Cardinals' hits went for extra bases, including three that
left the yard.
David Freese led the outburst by going 3-for-4 with a solo homer, two RBI and
three runs scored, while Matt Adams and Tony Cruz also homered while finishing
with two RBI and a pair of hits each. Jon Jay added three hits and two RBI,
with Matt Carpenter knocking in a pair of runs as well as part of a 2-for-5
day at the plate.
The victory was St. Louis's third in four outings following a season-high
seven-game losing streak, and the Cardinals put up double-digit runs in each
of those wins.
"We go out there and grind at-bats out, we battle," said Jay. "Whenever we
have that attitude we can get good results."
Lynn (13-5) did his part on the mound as well, limiting the Reds to four hits
and striking out a season-best 11 batters to join teammate Adam Wainwright and
Washington's Jordan Zimmermann for the NL lead in wins.
Zack Cozart smacked a two-run homer for Cincinnati in the second inning, but
Lynn retired the next 13 batters en route to dealing the Reds a seventh loss
in their last nine games.
"I had pretty good command of all four pitches today, and I was able to use
most of them to both sides of the plate," said Lynn. "I made one mistake that
cost me two runs, but other than that it was a pretty good day."
Lynn entered the matchup tied for the NL lead in run support and received some
immediate aid from his offense in this one as well, as the Cardinals strung
together four straight two-out hits against Reds starter Mike Leake that
produced four first-inning runs.
Matt Holliday and Freese delivered back-to-back RBI doubles after an Allen
Craig single to put St. Louis on the board, with Adams following with a blast
into the right-field stands to stake Lynn to a 4-0 advantage.
Leake did settle down thereafter, and Cozart cut Cincinnati's deficit in half
by reaching the seats with Jay Bruce aboard in the bottom of the second.
Lynn didn't allow another baserunner until Joey Votto singled to open the
bottom of the seventh, however, and St. Louis was holding a sizeable lead by
that point after breaking out again an inning prior.
Leake kept the Cardinals scoreless for four straight frame until running into
trouble in the sixth, when Holliday, Freese and Adams each singled in
succession to chase the right-hander and extend the Cardinals' edge to 5-2.
Cruz then greeted reliever Logan Ondrusek with a sharp single up the middle
that plated Freese, with Daniel Descalso continuing the barrage with an RBI
double and Carpenter later making it a 9-2 game with a line-drive double off
the right-field wall that brought in two more runs.
Leake (10-5) was charged with allowing seven of the runs on eight hits over
five-plus innings of work.
Freese's sixth homer of the season, an opposite-field blast off Pedro
Villarreal to begin the seventh, increased the lead to 10-2, and the Cardinals
tacked on another run in the eighth when Craig knocked in Carpenter with a
St. Louis finished off the rout by rocking Sam LeCure for four runs on five
hits in the ninth. Cruz got it started with a one-out solo homer in front of
back-to-back doubles from Descalso and Rob Johnson that pushed the margin to
13-2. After a Carpenter single put two men on, Jay sent both home with a
double to left-center that culminated the scoring.
"I don't like to be embarrassed by my team," an unhappy Reds manager Dusty
Baker said afterward. "Fortunately for us, we get to rest and regroup [with an
off day] tomorrow."
The Reds have now lost six consecutive series to the Cardinals for the first
times since June 24, 2003-August 18, 2004, with three of those sets taking
place in Cincinnati. The Cardinals have prevailed in eight of 12 matchups
between the clubs this season ... Lynn's strikeout total was one shy of his
career high of 12, set against the Chicago White Sox on June 13, 2012, and his
31 wins over the last two seasons are tied with Detroit's Max Scherzer for
tops in the majors ... Reds third baseman Jeff Frazier went 0-for-3 and is
hitless in 28 straight at-bats, the longest by a Cincinnati position player
since Drew Stubbs had an 0-for-32 skid last season.
08/04 18:59:34 ET