CINCINNATI (AP) - Brandon Phillips' day off did him a lot of
Phillips hit a three-run triple in Cincinnati's four-run seventh
inning and the Reds beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-2 on Thursday
The Reds second baseman was in a 2-for-18 rut after Cincinnati's
7-2 loss Tuesday to St. Louis, prompting manager Dusty Baker to
rest him Wednesday.
"I don't like them, but it paid off," Phillips said about days
off. "I think it really helped me out. I really didn't do anything
yesterday. I felt like I had a lot of energy. It paid off."
Cincinnati put together the winning rally against relievers Mark
Worrell (0-1) and Randy Flores. David Ross hit a one-out double and
Andy Phillips walked. Flores replaced Worrell and got Corey
Patterson to ground into a fielder's choice before issuing walks to
rookie Paul Janish and Ken Griffey Jr. to force in the go-ahead
"The walks were out of character," Cardinals manager Tony La
Russa said. "We weren't aggressive like we usually are."
Brandon Phillips followed with his fifth triple of the year, a
drive down the right-field line that got past a lunging Ryan
Ludwick and bounced into the corner.
"I was looking for a ball to drive," Phillips said.
Jared Burton (3-1) struck out two in 1 2-3 scoreless innings for
the Reds, who ended the Cardinals' four-game winning streak. The
Reds had lost seven of their last 10 games.
Joel Pineiro allowed two runs and three hits over five innings
in his first start for St. Louis since May 20. Pineiro was
activated from the 15-day disabled list before the game after being
sidelined with a strained right groin.
"Obviously, you want to put zeros up there, but with not
pitching in 21 or 22 days, it was good," Pineiro said.
Pitcher Bronson Arroyo's third-inning single was the Reds' only
hit off Pineiro before Edwin Encarnacion led off the fifth with a
double off the left-field wall. Encarnacion advanced to third when
Pineiro's errant pickoff attempt went into center field and scored
on David Ross' suicide squeeze.
"David's a good bunter," Baker said. "He works at it. He got
the sign. That's what baseball's all about - getting the sign and
Arroyo followed with a homer into the left-field seats, the
first home run by a Reds pitcher this season and the fourth of his
career. Two were against Baker's Cubs team in 2006, Arroyo's first
season with the Reds.
"I was like, 'Yeah, man,"' Baker said. "I remember the two he
hit previously against me. He finally got one for me."
"Once a year, I get lucky," Arroyo said. "I hope I'm able to
say that for the next 10 years. I remember looking over at Dusty
after that second one (in 2006) and seeing him shaking his head."
Arroyo allowed just two hits and one walk in six scoreless
innings before his forearm started cramping up after the sixth
inning. The gametime temperature was 85 degrees, and it never
dropped below 80.
"I haven't had that before," Arroyo said of the cramps. "I
was depleted. I was sweating more than I had all year. I felt like
I'd given Dusty all I had to give. I felt like I wasn't going to be
able to give him any more quality innings."
The Cardinals tied it in the seventh, taking advantage of
Encarnacion's throwing error on Rick Ankiel's grounder to third.
Troy Glaus followed with his eighth home run of the season.
Notes: Reds OF Jay Bruce didn't start but hit for Burton in the
eighth and doubled to right. He stayed in to play left field in the
ninth. Bruce started each of his first 16 games with Cincinnati.
... The Cardinals made room for Pineiro on the active roster by
placing 1B Albert Pujols on the 15-day DL, retroactive to
Wednesday, with a strained left calf. ... The Reds announced that
former major league pitcher Jerry Walker had been hired as a
special assistant for player personnel for general manager Walt
Jocketty. Walker, who pitched for three teams in eight years from
1957 through 1963, spent 13 years working for St. Louis when
Jocketty was the Cardinals general manager.