National League Game Summary - Cincinnati at St. Louis|
(Monday, October 1st)
Final Score: St. Louis 4, Cincinnati 2
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Jaime Garcia homered and pitched into the
seventh inning as the St. Louis Cardinals downed the Cincinnati Reds, 4-2, in
the opener of a three-game series at Busch Stadium.
Garcia (7-7) allowed two runs on six hits and a walk while striking out six
over 6 2/3 innings for the Cardinals, who remained two games ahead of Los
Angeles for the NL's final wild card spot with two games left in the regular
season after the Dodgers also won on Monday.
Jason Motte tossed a perfect ninth inning to record his 41st save of the
Bronson Arroyo (12-10) surrendered three runs on six hits and a walk through
five full frames for the NL Central-champion Reds, who welcomed back manager
Dusty Baker in the loss.
Baker had missed the last 11 games while being treated for an irregular
heartbeat and a mini-stroke suffered on Sept. 21.
"Bronson has been pitching a lot better than his record indicates," Baker
said. "He just needs to keep pitching like this and we'll get him some runs."
After the Cardinals left a man on second base in the first inning, Cincinnati
took the lead in the third when Drew Stubbs hit a one-out single, advanced to
second on an Arroyo sacrifice bunt and came home on a Brandon Phillips base
hit to left field.
Zack Cozart followed with a single to move Phillips to third, but Joey Votto
flied out to left to end the inning.
St. Louis, though, answered in the bottom of the frame to take the lead.
Garcia started rally by opening the inning with the second home run of his
"Anytime you can help yourself offensively, whether its a home run, hit or
bunt, whatever it is it's exciting," Garcia said.
Carlos Beltran followed two batters later with a walk and moved to second on a
Matt Holliday single before Allen Craig plated him with a double into the
left-field corner. Yadier Molina's sacrifice fly to center field scored
Holliday to give the Cardinals a 3-1 advantage.
St. Louis added a run in the sixth inning as Molina singled and rounded the
bases on Daniel Descalso's two-out triple into the left-center field gap, but
the Reds got that run back in the seventh when Scott Rolen doubled, advanced
to third on a passed ball and came home on a Ryan Hanigan sacrifice fly.
Mitchell Boggs would then strand a runner on second in the eighth inning
before Motte struck out two in a 1-2-3 ninth.
Reds bench coach Chris Speier led the Reds to a 7-4 record in Baker's absence
... Garcia has won three straight starts and improved to 8-2 in 13 career
meetings (11 starts) against Cincinnati ... Arroyo has dropped his last three
decisions ... The Cardinals lead the season series between the teams, 7-6.
10/02 01:50:51 ET