The Bottom Line: With a walk-off RBI single in the 10th inning, Jhonny Peralta sent Busch Stadium into a frenzy, as the Cards won their fifth game in six days with a thrilling 6-5 win over the Reds. While closer Trevor Rosenthal continued his recent struggles with a blown save in the ninth, the Cards were able to regroup to earn the victory because of a rejuvenated offense that has now scored 18 runs in the past three games.
Masterson’s Shaky Performance: Although Justin Masterson (6-7, 5.64 ERA) blanked the Reds through four innings, he ran into a buzz saw in the fifth inning, as Jay Bruce’s three-run homer capped a four-run inning that gave the Reds a 4-3 lead. In total, Masterson tossed five innings, giving up four runs on five hits and two walks.
Peralta Leads Offense to Victory: Peralta (3 for 5, 2 RBI’s) led the offensive charge for a Cards team that strung together 13 hits and belted five doubles, two of which resulted in runs coming around to score. Other standout performers include Matt Adams (3 for 5, RBI) and Matt Holliday (2 for 4, RBI), who ended an 0 for 18 slump.
What’s Next: The red-hot Cards host the scuffling Reds again in a game that features two pitchers with identical records John Lackey (12-8, 3.91 ERA) starts for the good guys against Alfredo Simon (12-8, 3.28 ERA), who started the season well but has tapered off lately.