The Cardinals fell to the Reds 5-3 in the opening game of a weekend series in Cincinnati, dropping to 46-41 on the season. Adam Wainwright took the loss, giving up four runs on five hits and two walks in 6 1/3 innings while moving to 7-9 on the year. His final line fails to do him justice, as Wainwright dominated Reds hitters not named Brandon Phillips to the tune of only two hits and one run allowed through six innings. The game unraveled for St. Louis in the 7th, with Phillips and Jay Bruce scoring on a throwing error by Allen Craig. Zach Cozart followed with a sacrifice fly off Victor Marte to put the Reds up 4-2.
The Cardinals did score a run off the stingy Reds bullpen (2nd-lowest ERA in NL) on a Shane Robinson RBI single in the top of the 8th, only for Fernando Salas to give the run right back in the bottom of the inning. Salas surrendered an RBI triple to former Cardinal Ryan Ludwick, with the run being charged to Barret Browning. The Cardinals continue to be plagued by poor relief pitching, while Wainwright failed to climb to a .500 record despite showing signs of his former Cy Young form.
On Deck: All-Star Lance Lynn takes the hill against Mike Leake, as the Cardinals try to tie their series with the Reds and stay within striking distance in the NL Central– first pitch is scheduled for 4:05 EST.