Despite rain and heat, Cards survive to beat Reds 7-3

Despite rain and heat, Cards survive to beat Reds 7-3

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ST. LOUIS, MO - AUGUST 18: Jhonny Peralta #27 of the St. Louis Cardinals hits the game-winning RBI single against the Cincinnati Reds in the tenth inning at Busch Stadium on August 18, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Cardinals beat the Reds in 10 innings. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

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by Elizabeth Eisele/ BaseballStL

KMOV.com

Posted on August 20, 2014 at 7:25 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 20 at 10:27 PM

(BaseballStL) -- Pinch hitter Peter Bourjos got in on the scoring fun in the eighth inning after a 58 minute rain delay at Busch Stadium.

With Daniel Descalso leading off the inning with a walk, Bourjos hit a soft fly ball out to Billy Hamilton who dove to catch the ball, but came up unsuccessful. As the ball rolled farther into center field, Descalso motored around the bases to beat the throw home.

While running the bases, Bourjos ran into Todd Frazier at first base, but it didn't matter as he made it to second easily and then on to third on a throwing error. Bourjos came around to score on an RBI single from Jon Jay, his third hit of the game. 

Jay extends his hitting streak to 12 games.

Carlos Martinez stayed in to pitch the ninth inning and things went downhill for the recently recalled reliever with two errors and three runs.

Errors from both Kolten Wong and Jon Jay lead to the three runs the Reds were able to put on the board, on hits from Brandon Phillips and Ramon Santiago.

A ground-rule double from fan interference later, and Mike Matheny called upon Trevor Rosenthal as the save situation comes into play.

Rosenthal got Billy Hamilton to ground back to the mound to keep the runners at bay. Then in in an eight pitch at-bat, the Cardinals' closer walked Jay Bruce to load the bases with two outs and Todd Frazier coming to the plate. But Rosenthal enduced another ground ball for a fielder's choice at second giving the Redbirds a 7-3 win.

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The bottom half of the Cardinals order ended Reds starter Johnny Cueto's night in the sixth inning. 

Cueto issued two walks, to Oscar Taveras and Lance Lynn, and a double down the right field line from Daniel Descalso.

Logan Ondrusek relieved Cueto and allowed a sacrifice fly to Matt Carpenter that scored Oscar Taveras, however the Cardinals were unable to score another run in the inning.

Cueto ended the night with only 5.0 innings pitched while allowing five earned runs and four walks. 

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The Cardinals threatened to expand their lead in the fifth inning as they loaded the bases with two outs on Johnny Cueto.

Cueto struck out his counter-mate Lance Lynn and was able to get Matt Carpenter to ground out to the shortstop.

However, the Reds ace gave up a sharp infield single to Jay Jon that pulled Todd Frazier off the bag. Then Matt Holliday was hit on his forearm for the second hit Cardinal of the game. The training staff did attend to Holliday, but the left fielder remained in the game.

Matt Adams then drew a two-out walk to bring up Jhonny Peralta who doubled into right center to clear the bases and put the Cardinals up 4-0.

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It took two trips through the line up for the Cardinals to crack one of the NL's best pitchers, Johnny Cueto, but Matt Holliday gave the Cards the first lead of the game.

With one out, Jon Jay singled for his second trip to first base. The first came in the first inning on his 16th hit by pitch. 

With Jay on base, Matt Holliday doubled into right center to score Jay to give the Redbirds a 1-0 lead.

The Cardinals had a chance to score in the first inning with Matt Carpenter and Jay on base, but a strike out and a fly-ball double play ended the Cardinals chances.

 

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