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St.  Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Mike Leake tossed eight scoreless innings 
and  the Cincinnati Reds  beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 4-0, to avoid a three- 
game sweep. 

Leake  (1-1) allowed just four hits while striking out three for the Reds, who 
improved to 3-6 on the young season. 

Devin  Mesoraco  hit a two-run  homer for Cincinnati,  which got an RBI apiece 
from Jay Bruce and Brandon Phillips. Billy Hamilton went 3-for-4 with two runs 
scored and two steals. 

"I didn't  have a good start  (to the season) at  all, but I feel like now I'm 
settling  things down," Hamilton said of adjusting to his first full season in 
the big leagues. 

St.  Louis starter Shelby  Miller (0-2) gave up three runs on seven hits while 
striking out five over six full frames. 

Mesoraco's  homer in  the fourth gave the  Reds a 2-0 lead. Chris Heisey hit a 
two-out single and scored on Mesoraco's blast to left-center field. 

Cincinnati  tacked on another run in the fifth when Hamilton scored on Bruce's 
sacrifice fly. Hamilton led off with a single, stole second, advanced to third 
on a flyout and tagged up on Bruce's pop fly to shallow right. 

St.  Louis finally  had a runner advance  past first base in the seventh. Matt 
Adams  hit a two-out  double to left, but Yadier Molina struck out swinging to 
end the inning. 

"He kept the ball down, had his sinker working, his cutter working," St. Louis 
third baseman Matt Carpenter said of Leake. "He was as good as I've seen him." 

Phillips' RBI single in the ninth made it a 4-0 contest. 

                                   Game Notes 

St.  Louis  is 4-2 against  Cincinnati this season  ... The Reds went 1-for-11 
with runners in scoring position and stranded nine. 

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