Reds blow big lead, beat Cardinals in 13thJul 7, 2011 - 5:16 AM
Pujols returned to the field Wednesday, one night after being activated from the 15-day disabled list. The three-time National League MVP had been sidelined with a broken left wrist, but returned well ahead of schedule. He went 1-for-6 with an RBI single.
"I saw him hit four balls on the nose," Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said of Pujols. "He was on everything. I thought he was outstanding. He's probably a little tired."
Jon Jay led off the bottom of the ninth with a homer off Reds closer Francisco Cordero, but the Cardinals couldn't grab a sweep of this three-game series after limiting Cincinnati to one run over the first two contests.
Raul Valdes (0-1) walked Jay Bruce to start the 13th. Drew Stubbs singled with one out, and with two down Hernandez hit a low line drive just inside the left field line. The ball took three bounces before hopping into the stands.
Aroldis Chapman, the eighth Cincinnati pitcher of the night, recorded his first career save. He allowed a single to Tony Cruz with one out in the bottom of the 13th, but fanned Daniel Descalso and caught Jay looking at a 101 mph fastball to end it.
"Our bullpen for the most part did a great job," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "That's about as hard of a victory you're going to get right there."
Jose Arredondo (1-3) pitched a pair of innings to get the win, Cincinnati's second in six games.
It looked like a lost cause early for the Cardinals as Jake Westbrook surrendered three homers among his eight hits and seven runs charged over 4 1/3 innings. That included a homer from Chris Heisey on the first pitch of the game.
Cincinnati came out firing on all cylinders, getting to Westbrook for five runs in the first before an out was recorded. Heisey began the game with a homer to left, while Edgar Renteria singled and Joey Votto walked ahead of a Brandon Phillips two-run triple. Bruce followed by launching a two-run shot to right.
Fred Lewis went deep in the fourth to extend the Reds' edge to 6-0, and in the fifth, Phillips singled with one out and Scott Rolen barely cleared the wall in left to make it an eight-run bulge.
Reds starter Bronson Arroyo was cruising, but then hit a wall. The Cards began their comeback in the sixth, picking up two runs on a Descalso double and RBI groundout from Ryan Theriot.
Matt Holliday started the home seventh with a shot that barely cleared the wall in left-center. Then, with runners on first and second with one out, Descalso's base hit plated another run and a Heisey throwing error brought in one more to make it 8-5.
Two batters later, Theriot lined a double to center which scored Descalso, and after a walk to Skip Schumaker, Pujols chopped a run-scoring single over Rolen's head for an 8-7 contest.
Jay greeted Cordero with his homer to right-center, but Pujols killed the rally by hitting into an inning-ending 5-4-3 double play.
The Reds, who are in fourth place in the NL Central, three games behind first- place St. Louis, are in Milwaukee for a four-game series starting Thursday. The Brewers are one game behind the Cardinals...St. Louis hosts Arizona for four games prior to the All-Star break...Arroyo allowed five hits on six runs over his 6 1/3 innings...The Reds haven't won a series in St. Louis since a three-game sweep from June 5-7, 2006. They are 0-12-1 in 13 series at Busch Stadium since that triumph.
- CINCINNATI: 9
ST. LOUIS: 8
Jul 7 12:39 AM
- Pinch-Hitter Ramon Hernandez ground-rule double to left scored Jay Bruce with two out. On the play, Drew Stubbs advances to third. Runners on second and third and Chris Heisey due up.
Reds 9, Cardinals 8 Top 13, 2 OutsJul 7 12:38 AM
- Jon Jay lead-off Home Run (7) to right center. Ryan Theriot due up.
Reds 8, Cardinals 8 Bot 9, 0 OutsJul 6 11:03 PM
- Albert Pujols singled to left scoring Ryan Theriot with two out. On the play, Skip Schumaker advances to second. Runners on first and second and Matt Holliday due up.
Reds 8, Cardinals 7 Bot 7, 2 OutsJul 6 10:24 PM
- Ryan Theriot doubled to center scoring Daniel Descalso with two out. Runner on second and Skip Schumaker due up.
Reds 8, Cardinals 6 Bot 7, 2 OutsJul 6 10:17 PM
- Daniel Descalso singled to center scoring Brandon Dickson with one out. On the play, Chris Heisey's throwing error scored Colby Rasmus. Runner on second with one out and Jon Jay due up.
Reds 8, Cardinals 5 Bot 7, 1 OutJul 6 10:15 PM
- Matt Holliday lead-off Home Run (13) to left center. Brandon Dickson due up.
Reds 8, Cardinals 3 Bot 7, 0 OutsJul 6 10:02 PM
- Ryan Theriot grounded out second to first scoring Daniel Descalso with two out. None on and Skip Schumaker due up.
Reds 8, Cardinals 2 Bot 6, 2 OutsJul 6 9:51 PM
- Daniel Descalso doubled to right scoring Tony Cruz with none out. Runner on second and Jon Jay due up.
Reds 8, Cardinals 1 Bot 6, 0 OutsJul 6 9:49 PM
- Scott Rolen two-out, two-run Home Run (5) to left scored Brandon Phillips. Fred Lewis due up.
Reds 8, Cardinals 0 Top 5, 2 OutsJul 6 9:23 PM
- Chris Heisey grounded out short to first. Runner on second with two outs and Edgar Renteria due up.
Reds 6, Cardinals 0 Top 4, 2 OutsJul 6 9:06 PM
- Jay Bruce none-out, two-run Home Run (19) to right scored Brandon Phillips. Scott Rolen due up.
Reds 5, Cardinals 0 Top 1, 0 OutsJul 6 8:21 PM
- Brandon Phillips tripled to right scoring Edgar Renteria and Joey Votto with none out. Runner on third and Jay Bruce due up.
Reds 3, Cardinals 0 Top 1, 0 OutsJul 6 8:20 PM
- Chris Heisey lead-off Home Run (10) to left. Edgar Renteria due up.
Reds 1, Cardinals 0 Top 1, 0 OutsJul 6 8:15 PM
- CINCINNATI: 0
ST. LOUIS: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
Jul 6 8:15 PM
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