Cincinnati 4, St. Louis 2

Boxscore | Recap
Sunday, July 15, 2012 8:00 PM
Location - Great American Ball Park
Temperature - 88°
Umpires - Home Plate - Joe West, First Base - Sam Holbrook, Second Base - Rob Drake, Third Base - Andy Fletcher,
Attendance - 39280

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 X R H E
St. Louis 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 9 0
Cincinnati 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 4 10 1

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
St. Louis 46-43 23-20 23-23 L3
Cincinnati 50-38 26-16 24-22 W6

Recap

Reds 4, Cardinals 2: Scott Rolen delivered a two-run, tiebreaking single with two outs in the eighth inning as host Cincinnati stretched its winning streak to six with a three-game sweep of St. Louis.

Rolen’s bases-loaded single was Cincinnati’s lone hit of the inning and gave the Reds a one-game lead over the Pittsburgh Pirates in the National League Central.

Homer Bailey (8-6) gave up two runs (one earned) and nine hits in eight innings to win his third straight decision. Aroldis Chapman struck out the side in the ninth for his 13th save in 17 opportunities.

Joey Votto walked with one out in the eighth and Brandon Phillips was hit by a pitch to finish the night of St. Louis starter Jake Westbrook (7-8). Marc Rzepczynski retired Jay Bruce on a ground ball and Ryan Ludwick was walked intentionally by Mitchell Boggs before Rolen’s decisive hit to right-center field.

Yadier Molina had a run-scoring double in the second to give the Cardinals the early lead.

Cincinnati staged a two-out uprising in the third to score twice. Chris Heisey singled and narrowly beat Rafael Furcal’s relay throw home to score on Votto’s double down the left-field line, and Phillips followed with a run-scoring single to give the Reds a 2-1 advantage.

Molina deposited a low curveball over the left-field fence in the sixth to tie the score on his career-best 15th homer of the campaign.

Westbrook was charged with four runs and nine hits in 7 1/3 innings. He struck out five and walked one.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Votto leads the majors in both doubles (36) and extra-base hits (50). … Cardinals OF Matt Holliday had two hits to extend his hitting streak to 14 games. … Heisey had three hits off Westbrook to raise his career mark to .545 (6-for-11) against him. … Molina went 6-for-12 with two homers in the series.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
St. Louis   Cincinnati
Jake Westbrook Player Homer Bailey
Loss W/L Win
7.1 IP 8.0
5 Strikeouts 2
9 Hits 9
4.91 ERA 1.12
Hitting
St. Louis   Cincinnati
Yadier Molina Player Chris Heisey
3 Hits 3
2 RBI 0
1 HR 0
7 TB 3
.750 Avg .750

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
St. Louis 9 1 14 .257 16 5 2 2 0 0
Cincinnati 10 0 11 .312 11 5 4 2 0 1

Upcoming Games

  • Cincinnati will play their next game at home against Arizona. The Reds have a W/L % of .540 after a win and .605 after a loss.
  • St. Louis will play their next game on the road against Milwaukee. The Cardinals have a W/L % of .543 after a win and .488 after a loss.