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Cueto, Nix pace Reds' 9-3 win over Cardinals

Jun 4, 2009 - 4:23 AM By R.B. FALLSTROM AP Sports Writer

ST. LOUIS(AP) -- For the first time in nine starts, Johnny Cueto fell short of seven innings. That was the only downside for the Cincinnati Reds' pitcher.

Cueto (5-3) allowed a run in 6 1-3 innings to beat the St. Louis Cardinals for the second time in less than a month, and Laynce Nix homered twice with four RBIs in a 9-3 victory on Wednesday night.

"The night really started with Johnny," teammate Brandon Phillips said. "He pitched a lights-out game and we were behind him, catching the ball and hitting where they weren't."

Cardinals starter Kyle Lohse (4-4) was taken out with none out in the third inning complaining of tightness and pain in his right forearm. Lohse said cramping and a burning sensation, which forced him to miss a turn in the rotation, returned after he made a diving stop to glove Cueto's bunt for a hit to start the third.

He left after falling behind 3-1 in the count against the next batter, Jerry Hairston Jr.

"I was trying to make a play and just threw in an awkward motion that definitely re-aggravated it," Lohse said. "After that, I obviously couldn't pitch."

Lohse was to undergo an MRI exam later Wednesday night.

"It's hard to force yourself to release it," Lohse said. "It's hard to do the proper things that you need to do to get the location and everything else. I felt like I was doing all right up until that point."

Cueto's string of long starts included a seven-inning stint in which he gave up one run in a 6-4 victory over St. Louis on May 8 in Cincinnati. Despite going deep into every game he had been 0-2 in his previous three starts.

He walked none for the third time and lowered his ERA to 2.43, among the league leaders.

"I was aggressive with all my pitches," Cueto said through an interpreter. "That was the big difference."

Nix homered in the second for the Reds' first run and added a three-run shot, his sixth of the season, off Chris Perez in the eighth for a 7-1 cushion. He also made an outstanding leaping catch to rob Ryan Ludwick of extra bases and an RBI in the sixth.

"That kept them from getting a rally going," Nix said. "That might have been as important as the second homer."

Phillips was 3-for-5 with his 10th homer in the ninth, and stole second and third after his RBI single in the third. Those were his first steals off strong-armed catcher Yadier Molina, although he said he was running off reliever Blaine Boyer.

"That was the highlight of my day, honestly," Phillips said. "You don't run off that dude. I was so glad (Boyer) had a nice little leg kick, and I made it."

Cueto ended the Reds' string of allowing a first-inning run in six straight games with the help of a leaping catch by Hairston at third to rob leadoff hitter Skip Schumaker. Before pinch hitter Colby Rasmus and Ryan hit back-to-back doubles with one out in the seventh, the Cardinals had only two runners in scoring position.

Cueto's leadoff bunt single, his third bunt hit of the year and fourth hit overall, ignited a two-run third with both runs unearned due to third baseman Joe Thurston's fielding error.

Boyer worked allowed one earned run in five innings, the longest by a Cardinal reliever since Kip Wells also went five innings July 3, 2007 against Arizona.

Notes: Cardinals manager Tony La Russa has sued Twitter after an unknown user created an account in his name and pretended to post updates as him. ... Nix has four career multihomer games, the last on May 12, 2004 against the Yankees. ... Hairston batted leadoff for the third time for the Reds in place of Willy Taveras, still bothered by a tight right hamstring. ... The Reds are likely to recall LHP Matt Maloney from Triple-A Nashville to start Saturday in place of injured Edinson Volquez. Maloney threw a shutout on Monday. ... Molina picked off Chris Dickerson in the first, his fourth of the season and 30th of his career. ... The Reds' Jay Bruce was back in the cleanup spot after batting second one game. The shakeup didn't work - he was 0 for 4 with a walk that extended his slump to 1 for 24 and dropped his average to .216.








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    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    CINCINNATI 0 1 2 1 0 0 0 3 2 9 13 1
    ST LOUIS 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 3 10 2 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: CIN - JOHNNY CUETO, DANIEL HERRERA (7TH), DAVID WEATHERS (8TH),
    CARLOS FISHER (9TH) AND RYAN HANIGAN
    STL - KYLE LOHSE, BLAINE BOYER (3RD), CHRIS PEREZ
    (8TH), TREVE

    Jun 3 11:18 PM


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    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY BRIAN BARDEN SCORED YADIER MOLINA.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, B BARDEN ON FIRST, J THURSTON ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 9
    ST LOUIS 3 BOTTOM, 9TH
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: C DUNCAN (.256, 1-FOR-4)

    Reds 9, Cardinals 3  Bot 9, 0 OutsJun 3 11:16 PM


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    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JOE THURSTON SCORED RICK ANKIEL.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J THURSTON ON FIRST, Y MOLINA ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 9
    ST LOUIS 2 BOTTOM, 9TH
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: N STAVINOHA (.267, 1 HR, 12 RBI)

    Reds 9, Cardinals 2  Bot 9, 0 OutsJun 3 11:13 PM


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    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY BRANDON PHILLIPS (10) TO LEFT WITH 1
    OUT IN THE 9TH OFF TREVER MILLER SCORED JERRY HAIRSTON JR..
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 9, ST LOUIS 1
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: J BRUCE (.217, 0-FOR-3, BB)

    Reds 9, Cardinals 1  Top 9, 0 OutsJun 3 11:01 PM


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    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY LAYNCE NIX (6) TO RIGHT WITH 1 OUT IN
    THE 8TH OFF CHRIS PEREZ SCORED BRANDON PHILLIPS AND RAMON
    HERNANDEZ.
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 7, ST LOUIS 1
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: R HANIGAN (.320, 1-FOR-3)

    Reds 7, Cardinals 1  Top 8, 0 OutsJun 3 10:43 PM


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    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY BRENDAN RYAN SCORED COLBY RASMUS.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, B RYAN ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 4
    ST LOUIS 1 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: S SCHUMAKER (.301, 0-FOR-3)

    Reds 4, Cardinals 1  Bot 7, 0 OutsJun 3 10:25 PM


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    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JERRY HAIRSTON JR. SCORED PAUL JANISH.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J HAIRSTON JR. ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 4
    ST LOUIS 0 TOP, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: C DICKERSON (.245, 1-FOR-2)

    Reds 4, Cardinals 0  Top 4, 0 OutsJun 3 9:34 PM


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    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY RAMON HERNANDEZ SCORED BRANDON PHILLIPS.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, R HERNANDEZ ON FIRST, J BRUCE ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 3
    ST LOUIS 0 TOP, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: L NIX (.286, 1-FOR-1, HR, RBI)

    Reds 3, Cardinals 0  Top 3, 0 OutsJun 3 9:12 PM


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    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY BRANDON PHILLIPS SCORED JOHNNY CUETO.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, B PHILLIPS ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 2
    ST LOUIS 0 TOP, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: J BRUCE (.219, 0-FOR-1)

    Reds 2, Cardinals 0  Top 3, 0 OutsJun 3 9:05 PM


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    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY LAYNCE NIX (5) TO RIGHT WITH 2 OUT IN THE
    2ND OFF KYLE LOHSE.
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 1, ST LOUIS 0
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: R HANIGAN (.319, 1 HR, 4 RBI)

    Reds 1, Cardinals 0  Top 2, 0 OutsJun 3 8:34 PM