(BaseballStL) -- John Lackey pitched into the eighth inning, yielding only to the bullpen to get the final four outs.
Lackey bounced back, having recorded his longest outing as a Redbird (7.2 innings). He allowed six hits and one earned run while fanning five batters. After he allowed the run in the second inning, Lackey three hits.
Facing the heart of the Reds' order, Rosenthal walked the Todd Frazier to begin the ninth. He struck out Devin Mesoraco, but a bloop single from Brandon Phillips put runners on the corners. That ended Rosenthal's bid for his 45th save of the season as manager Mike Matheny opted to go with lefty reliever Randy Choate with Jay Bruce coming to the plate.
Bruce worked the count full on Choate, but struck out on the sinker. Having done his job for the night, Matheny went to Seth Maness to face Ryan Ludwick. Maness completed the close by committee as Ludwick flew out to center.
Cozart gets one back for Reds
The Reds got a run back in the second inning, but a spectacular catch from Jon Jay kept them from a big inning.
Devin Mosoraco and Jay Bruce both had singles to put two runners on with one out. Former Bird Ryan Ludwick shot the ball 400 feet to center, but Jay lept up, catching the ball before it hit the ball and saving at least two runs.
But Zack Cozart put a run on the board with a single into right, however he was thrown out trying to advance to second.
Grichuk and Holliday hit back-to-back blasts
Within fives pitches, Reds starter David Holmberg was down 2-0 nothing as Randal Grichuk and Matt Holliday took him yard in the first inning.
Grichuk took the second pitch of his at-bat 413 feet into left field while Holliday bested him by three feet by going to deep center field.
This was Grichuk's second homer of the season and number 19 for Holliday. It is the second time this season the Redbirds hit back-to-back homers. The last time was July 5th against the Miami Marlins off the bats of Allen Craig and Jhonny Peralta.