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Stubbs' triple leads Reds over Cardinals 4-3

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St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright works against the Cincinnati Reds in the first inning of a baseball game, Saturday, May 15, 2010, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Al Behrman) By Al Behrman St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright works against the Cincinnati Reds in the first inning of a baseball game, Saturday, May 15, 2010, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Al Behrman) By Al Behrman
Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Mike Leake works against the St. Louis Cardinals in the first  inning of a baseball game, Saturday, May 15, 2010, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Al Behrman) By Al Behrman Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Mike Leake works against the St. Louis Cardinals in the first inning of a baseball game, Saturday, May 15, 2010, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Al Behrman) By Al Behrman

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Orlando Cabrera made a strong relay throw to the plate to nail Skip Schumaker for the final out, preserving the Cincinnati Reds' 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in baseball's Civil Rights Game on Saturday night.

Schumaker, who hit an RBI single to get St. Louis within one, tried to score when Joe Mather doubled to left. Rookie Chris Heisey, inserted for defensive purposes, got to the ball quickly when it died against the wall and threw to shortstop Cabrera, whose throw was to the foul side of the plate but fast enough for Ramon Hernandez to get over for the tag.

Drew Stubbs hit a two-run triple in the sixth inning, foiling St. Louis' strategy to pitch to him, and rookie right-hander Mike Leake (4-0) remained unbeaten.

Stubbs hit his tiebreaking triple after Adam Wainwright (5-2) intentionally walked Jonny Gomes, putting the Reds up 4-2. Stubbs was batting .195 with a team-high 36 strikeouts at the time.

Leake allowed four hits and a pair of runs in six innings, including Colby Rasmus' solo homer.

The 22-year-old rookie has been one of the biggest surprises of the season, jumping straight from Arizona State to the majors. The right-hander was Cincinnati's first-round pick last June -- eighth overall -- and won the fifth spot in the rotation during the final week of spring training.

Leake, known for his nasty curve, is the first Reds rookie to win his first four decisions since 1976, when Santo Alcala went 5-0 and Pat Zachary started 4-0.

The annual game honoring those who have worked for equality drew the Reds' first capacity crowd since opening day. The teams wore replica caps and jerseys from 1947, when Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color barrier.

The sport's problem attracting black athletes was evident in the ceremonial first pitch. Hall of Famer Ernie Banks tossed one to Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips, the only black player in either starting lineup. Last year, only 9 percent of major leaguers were black.

The game turned on a pair of intentional walks -- one worked, the other didn't.

With the score tied at 2 in the fifth, Leake intentionally walked Albert Pujols with two outs and a runner on second. Matt Holliday grounded into a forceout, ending the threat.

An inning later, the Cardinals tried the same ploy, walking Gomes -- who hit a solo homer in the fourth -- to get to Stubbs with two outs. Stubbs' struggles have prompted manager Dusty Baker to drop him from the leadoff spot to seventh. Stubbs badly missed on the first two pitches, held back on two out of the strike zone, then lined the ball to right-center for a standup triple.

Wainwright gave up a season-high four runs in six innings.

NOTES: Hall of Famer Willie Mays, tennis pioneer Billie Jean King and entertainer/civil rights activist Harry Belafonte were honored on the field before the game. They received Major League Baseball's Beacon awards at a luncheon on Saturday. ... Pujols leads the NL with 12 intentional walks.

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