The Cincinnati Reds roughed up Adam Wainwright for the second time in the last week as they rolled to a 7-2 victory over the Cardinals on Labor Day at Great American Ballpark.
In his last two outings Wainwright (15-9) has allowed 15 runs on 18 Reds hits including three home runs over eight innings. Mat Latos (14-5) tied his career best in after going all nine innings allowing two runs on four hits.
Ryan Ludwick started the scoring against his former team with an RBI single that scored Shin-Soo Choo in the first inning. Cincinnati (77-61) added three more in the second inning when Zack Cozart scored Todd Frazier and then came home on a two-run homer by Choo to make it 4-0.
Matt Carpenter doubled in a run past a diving Jay Bruce in the third inning and then scored on a sac fly by Matt Holliday to make it a 4-2 game. The Reds got one of those runs back in the bottom of the inning when Frazier singled in Bruce.
Joey Votto just cleared the wall in the fourth inning for his 21st homer of the year to pad the Reds lead at 6-2. The final Cincinnati run came off former Brewers' reliever John Axford who walked Bruce with the bases loaded.
Latos retired the last 11 Cardinals (79-58) he faced including Rob Johnson who bounced out on 100th pitch thrown to end the game.
The Reds now move within 2.5 games behind St. Louis for second place and remain 3.5 behind Pittsburgh after the Pirates (80-57) knocked off the Brewers in Milwaukee. The four game series continues Tuesday as Homer Bailey (9-10) looks for a repeat performance against St. Louis after keeping the Redbirds off the board in 7.1 innings in his last start. He'll be opposed by Michael Wacha (2-0) who struck out seven in four innings of relief in his only meeting with the Reds.