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Cincinnati, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Jhonny Peralta smacked a two-run homer
and Matt Adams went 3-for-5 with two runs scored as the St. Louis Cardinals
waited out another long rain delay before posting a 7-6 win over the
Matt Holliday added two hits, including an RBI double, and Trevor Rosenthal
shut the Reds down over the final 1 1/3 innings to enable the defending
National League champions to take the season-opening three-game series between
the division rivals.
Rosenthal's efforts preserved a victory for Lance Lynn (1-0) after the St.
Louis starter allowed three runs while striking out seven over five innings.
Cincinnati's Homer Bailey (0-1) wasn't as effective in his season debut,
permitting four runs on seven hits and walking three before exiting after 4
All of the Reds' scoring came via the home run, with Jeff Frazier belting a
three-run shot as well as a solo blast and Jay Bruce cracking a two-run homer
as part of a 2-for-4 day. Joey Votto finished with three hits and two runs
scored in the loss.
"I'll [rather] take 0-for-4 and get a 'W' any day of the week," said Frazier
The start of the game was pushed back three hours and 42 minutes by the
weather. Wednesday's matchup, a 1-0 Reds' walk-off win, was delayed two hours
and 40 minutes by rain.
"It's tough to stay mentally into it, but that's what we had to do to make
sure we go out there and perform," Adams said.
Bailey was able to escape out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the third
inning to keep an early 3-2 lead intact, but St. Louis reached the right-
hander for single runs in each of the next two frames to move in front.
Adams led off the fourth with a double and Jon Jay singled him home two
batters later to tie the score, and Bailey issued a costly walk to Kolten Wong
in the fifth that turned into the go-ahead run after Holliday followed with a
double down the left-field line.
Back-to-back bases-loaded singles by Allen Craig and Yadier Molina in the top
of the seventh extended the Cardinals' lead to 6-3, with Holliday tacking on
an important insurance run later in the inning by crossing the plate on Logan
Ondrusek's wild pitch.
The final run proved to be pivotal, as Frazier greeted reliever Pat Neshek in
the bottom of the seventh with a three-run homer that brought the Reds back
within one. Votto and Bruce reached on a walk and single, respectively, off
Kevin Siegrist in front of the blast.
Rosenthal shut the door, however, upon entering with a man on and two out in
the eighth. He fanned Brandon Phillips to close out the inning, then set the
Reds down in order in the ninth.
A series that had the first two games each decided by 1-0 scores saw plenty of
early offense in the rubber match. Votto doubled before Bruce's towering
homer well into the right-field seats, with Frazier following with a no-
doubter into the upper deck in left that quickly staked the Reds to a 3-0
"After the first inning, I was able to make some pitches when I needed to,"
The Cardinals closed the gap in the second courtesy of the long ball, with
Peralta's screaming liner wrapping around the left-field foul pole with Adams
Siegrist had a streak of 26 consecutive scoreless innings, the longest active
stretch in the majors, halted after being charged with a pair of runs ...
Frazier's first homer was estimated to have traveled 474 feet ... Reds catcher
Tucker Barnhart, who hails from the same hometown as Lynn (Brownsburg, IN),
went 0-for-4 in his major league debut ... Bruce, who turned 27 on Thursday,
is 7-for-16 with two homers lifetime against Lynn ... Reds leadoff hitter
Billy Hamilton went 0-for-4 and is now hitless in 12 at-bats to begin the