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St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Matt Holliday smacked a go-ahead double in
the sixth inning and Yadier Molina had three hits, including a solo homer to
lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 7-5 win over the Cincinnati Reds.
The Cardinals climbed out of a 4-0 hole after 1 1/2 innings, tying the game
with a four-run rally in the second inning sparked by Molina's leadoff homer.
Holliday's hit to the right-field wall in the sixth was dropped by Jay Bruce
on a tough play, helping Lance Lynn pick up his second win over the Reds this
Lynn (2-0) allowed five runs on eight hits in six innings, striking out four
and walking none. He also got the victory in a 7-6 decision over Cincinnati on
"It's hard to explain with Lance. I think some guys just have a knack of being
in the right place when we've got a lot of offensive support," Cardinals
manager Mike Matheny said of Lynn.
The Cardinals have won the first two games of the three-game series and are
4-1 against the Reds this season.
Logan Ondrusek (0-1) replaced starter Homer Bailey to begin the sixth and took
the loss. Bailey, who lost to Lynn and the Cardinals on April 3, was knocked
around for nine hits and four runs in five innings. He fanned five and walked
Jay Bruce had two hits, including a two-run triple in a three-run first inning
for the Reds, who fell to 2-6 on the season.
"Across the board, we just need to get better," Bailey said.
Peter Bourjos doubled to lead off the sixth against Ondrusek and went to third
on Daniel Descalso's pinch-hit sacrifice bunt. After Matt Carpenter was hit by
a pitch and Kolten Wong struck out, Holliday delivered his double to give the
Cardinals a 6-5 lead.
Bourjos added an RBI single in the seventh to score Molina, who had doubled,
and Randy Choate, Carlos Martinez and Trevor Rosenthal pitched the last three
innings for St. Louis to seal the win. Rosenthal worked around a leadoff
pinch-hit single by Brayan Pena in the ninth to record his third save of the
Earlier, the Reds scored three runs with one out in the first inning after
Brandon Phillips doubled, Joey Votto was hit by a pitch, Bruce hit a triple to
the right-center field wall and Ryan Ludwick followed with a sacrifice fly.
Billy Hamilton's RBI single in the second made it 4-0, but the Cardinals tied
the game with their four-run rally in the bottom of the inning.
After Molina hit his third homer of the season into the left-field seats,
Carpenter added an RBI single up the middle with two outs and Wong followed
with a two-run triple into the right-field corner.
The Reds re-took the lead in the fifth when Ludwick grounded out to score a
run after Votto and Bruce hit back-to-back singles.
The Cardinals received their 2013 NL Championship rings in a pre-game ceremony
... St. Louis had 13 hits but left 10 runners on base ... Lynn threw 112
pitches, 73 for strikes.