Mark Hamilton drove in a run on a pinch-hit infield single in the eighth to help the Cardinals nip the Reds, 1-0. Each team had just six hits in the pitchers duel, which was won by Chris Carpenter who went eight innings to improve to 4-and-7. Fernando Salas pitched a perfect ninth for his 15th save as the Cards stopped a two-game slide. Johnny Cueto [[ KWAY-toh ]] suffered the tough loss after pitching a full eight innings as the Reds fell for the third time in four contests. Joey Votto managed three of the Cincinnati hits, going 3-for-4 in defeat. Jaime [[ HIGH-may ]] Garcia will toe the rubber opposite Edinson Volquez in tonight's second installment.