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