The Cincinnati Reds could not hold on to two different leads as they watched the Cardinals rally to a 7-5 contest Tuesday night in St. Louis.
The Cardinals (5-3) knocked around Homer Bailey once again as they have now scored eight runs on 16 hits over 9.1 innings pitched by Bailey. Lance Lynn (2-0) was once again bailed out by his offense as the Reds (2-6) have pounced on him for eight runs on 16 hits in 11 innings.
In fact the Reds wasted little time in knocking around Lynn as Jay Bruce tripled home Brandon Phillips and Joey Votto and then scored on a sac fly by Ryan Ludwick to give Cincinnati a 3-0 lead in the first. Devin Mesoraco doubled in his first at bat of the season after being activated on Monday from the disabled list. He later came in to score on a single by Billy Hamilton to make it 4-0 in the top of the second.
That lead was short lived as Yadier Molina continues to plague the Reds when he homered to start the second. Matt Carpenter added an RBI single and Kolten Wong ripped a two-run triple to tie the game at four after two innings. Bailey wiggled off the hook in the third and fourth inning when the first two men reached in each inning, but the Reds were able to keep St. Louis off the board.
Ludwick broke the tie in the fifth when he drove in his second run despite not having a hit. That lead was held oh so briefly when Logan Ondrusek (0-1) came in relief of Bailey in the sixth. Ondrusek started by giving up a leadoff double to Peter Bourjos, then hit Matt Carpenter, and saw both men cross home on a two-out double by Matt Holliday to give the Cardinals a 6-5 lead.
That lead grew to 7-5 in the seventh when J.J. Hoover gave up an RBI single to Bourjos to score Molina. The St. Louis bullpen stifled the Reds in relief of Lynn as Randy Choate, Carlos Martinez and Trevor Rosenthal tossed three scoreless innings with five strikeouts and allowed just one hit. That hit came in the ninth when Brayan Pena hit a pinch-hit single to start the inning, but Mesoraco and Roger Bernadina struck out. Hamilton ended the game on a lineout to notch Rosenthal's third save.
Cincinnati hopes to salvage the final game of the series before returning home for a six-game homestand against Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh. Mike Leake (0-1, 5.40 ERA) and Shelby Miller (0-1, 8.44 ERA) each had Friday's to forget last week and hope to rebound on Wednesday with first pitch set for 1:45 p.m.
The Reds activated Jonathan Broxton from the DL and placed Trevor Bell onto injured reserve with elbow inflamation to make room on the 25-man roster.