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Cincinnati,  OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Five hours and 25 minutes after the game 
was scheduled to start, Chris Heisey gave the Cincinnati Reds a walk-off win. 

Heisey's  pinch-hit single in the ninth inning scored Ryan Ludwick to lift the 
Reds to a 1-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in a rain-delayed game that was 
dominated until the end by good pitching. 

Ludwick  and Frazier led off the ninth with back-to-back singles off Cardinal
right-hander  Carlos  Martinez and both moved  up on Zack Cozart's bunt. After 
Martinez  (0-1) intentionally walked Brayan Pena, Heisey laced an 0-1 fastball 
into left field and was mobbed by his teammates in the infield. 

It was new Reds manager Bryan Price's first win as a major league skipper. 

"From  a  selfish  standpoint  it  feels great,"  said  Price.  "From  a  team 
standpoint it feels even better because it's good to get the ball rolling." 

There  were only  six total hits in the game before Cincinnati's three singles 
in the ninth. 

That's  mostly because  Reds left-hander  Tony Cingrani  and Cardinals  righty 
Michael Wacha combined to strike out 16 batters and allow only five hits in 13 
2/3  combined innings  after the start of  the game was delayed 2 hours and 40 
minutes because of rain. 

The Cardinals won the season-opener 1-0 on Monday on Yadier Molina's home run 
in the seventh. 

The  finale of the  three-game series is scheduled to start 12 hours after the 
finish of Wednesday night's game at 12:35 a.m. 

Joey  Votto  was 2-for-3  with a double  and reached base  three times for the 
Reds. Ludwick was the only other player with two hits. 

The  starters basically came out at the same time in the bottom of the seventh 
-- Cingrani for pinch-hitter Roger Bernadina and Wacha for Kevin Siegrist, who 
got Bernadina on a fly out to end the inning. 

Cozart,  the Reds  shortstop, made  an inning-ending  diving catch  in shallow 
center  field  to potentially save  a run in the  eighth after Manny Parra had 
given up a double to Kolten Wong. 

J.J.  Hoover (1-0) struck out Matt Adams with runners at first and second base 
to escape the top of the ninth inning and ended up getting the win. 

"We had a tough stacking any kind of offense on top of anything we got going," 
said Cardinals manager Mike Matheny. 

Cingrani,  who was  2-0 against St. Louis last season, fanned nine and allowed 
two  hits  and two walks  in his  seven frames. Wacha,  who won his first four 
postseason  starts  last season for the  NL champion Cardinals, walked one and 
struck out seven. 

Votto  sliced a  two-out double  to left  field in  the first  inning for  his 
1,000th  career hit. It was Cincinnati's only baserunner until Votto's one-out 
single  in  the fourth.  The Reds loaded  the bases in  the inning, but Cozart 
grounded into a force out to end the threat. 

Cingrani  worked his  way through  the Cardinals  lineup without  a baserunner 
before  Matt Carpenter led off the fourth with a single. He escaped trouble in 
the  seventh with  runners at first and  second base when he got Molina to fly 
out to left field, then struck out Adams to end the inning. 

                                   Game Notes 

Ludwick  was hit on outside of his left hand by a 93 mph Wacha fastball in the 
fourth  inning.  The ball also  caught home plate  umpire Kerwin Danley in the 
mask.  Both were looked at by trainers and remained in the game ... Two right- 
handers will start the series finale on Thursday: Lance Lynn for the Cardinal
and Homer Bailey for the Reds. 

 
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