Reds' 9-run ninth spoils Cardinals' home opener

Reds' 9-run ninth spoils Cardinals' home opener

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ST. LOUIS, MO - APRIL 08: Mitchell Boggs #41 of the St. Louis Cardinals reacts to the loss in the dugout in the ninth inning against the Cincinnati Reds during Opening Day on April 8, 2013 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. The Cincinnati Reds defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 13-4. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

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by R.B. FALLSTROM

KMOV.com

Posted on April 8, 2013 at 6:19 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 9 at 9:39 AM

ST. LOUIS (AP) Brandon Phillips kick-started a nine-run ninth inning with a tiebreaking bloop double and Shin-Soo Choo made amends for two botched fly balls with a three-run double, and the Cincinnati Reds spoiled the St. Louis Cardinals' home opener with a 13-4 victory on Monday.

Mitchell Boggs (0-1), the stand-in closer for St. Louis, yielded six runs while getting only one out and the Cardinals needed four more pitchers to get out of the inning. Only a few thousand fans remained of the largest regular-season crowd of 47,375 for the bottom of the ninth in 8-year-old Busch Stadium history.

The defending NL Central champions Cardinals held a tribute for Stan Musial before the game.

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