National League Game Summary - Cincinnati at St. Louis|
(Tuesday, October 2nd)
Final Score: Cincinnati 3, St. Louis 1
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Scott Rolen homered while Jay Bruce and
Dioner Navarro each knocked in a run to lead the Cincinnati Reds past the St.
Louis Cardinals, 3-1, in the middle test of a three-game series at Busch
Despite the loss, the Cardinals were still able to clinch the National
League's final wild card spot after the Los Angeles Dodgers were defeated by
San Francisco on Tuesday.
Mat Latos (14-4) allowed one run on four hits and a walk over a five-inning
start for the NL Central-champion Reds, who remained tied with Washington for
the best record in the majors at 97-64 after the Nationals also won on
Chris Carpenter (0-2) surrendered three runs on seven hits and two walks with
seven strikeouts through six innings for St. Louis, which will travel to
Atlanta on Friday for a one-game wild card playoff following tomorrow's
"The first five innings he threw the ball very well," Cardinals manager Mike
Matheny said about Carpenter. "In the sixth, he had a couple stack up against
him, but he threw the ball pretty good."
The Cardinals took the early lead in their first at-bat after Jon Jay led off
the bottom of the inning with a double into the right-field corner, moved to
second on a Carlos Beltran ground out and raced home on Matt Holliday's
sacrifice fly to center field.
The Reds would strand a pair of runners on second and third in the third
inning before tying the game in the fourth with Rolen's solo blast over the
wall in left field.
Cincinnati then went on top in the sixth as Joey Votto worked a leadoff walk,
moved to third on Ryan Ludwick's double and scored on a Bruce single to center
Navarro pulled a base hit through the right side of the infield two batters
later to plate Ludwick for a 3-1 advantage.
St. Louis threatened to cut into its deficit in the seventh inning by placing
a man on third with two outs, but Jay grounded out to second to end the
Sean Marshall and Jonathan Broxton would then combine to pitch a scoreless
eighth before Chapman shut the door in the ninth.
"I think it's a good series for us to play going into the playoffs," Bruce
said about the Cardinals. "These guys are good, they play us tough and they
have a great team."
The Reds have won seven straight games started by Latos, who improved to 2-4
in seven career starts against the Cardinals ... Carpenter fell to 14-5 in 24
career starts against Cincinnati ... Each team has won seven games in the
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