Cincinnati Reds defeat St. Louis Cardinals, 6-1

CINCINNATI - Veteran righthander John Smoltz, who had walked only three hitters unintentionally in his first 34 innings as a Cardinal since coming from Boston, walked more batters (five) in the second and third innings Wednesday night than he had walked in a game since 1995.

Smoltz said he wasn't able to get a grip on most of the baseballs he tried to throw - and he exchanged baseballs regularly with home-plate umpire Fieldin Culbreth. After the Cardinals' 6-1 loss to t...