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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 Cardinal
waited  out  another  long rain  delay  before  posting  a  7-6 win  over  the 
Cincinnati Reds. 

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 
1/3 innings. 

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 
afterward. 

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 
lead. 

"After  the first  inning, I was able  to make some pitches when I needed to," 
Lynn said. 

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 
on base. 

                                   Game Notes 

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 
season. 

 
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