Cincinnati Reds defeat St. Louis Cardinals, 3-2

ST. LOUIS (AP) Following a rough plane ride to St. Louis early Friday morning, Cincinnati manager Dusty Baker was hoping for a quiet, peaceful game.

Instead, he got a roller-coaster of emotions as the Reds beat the Cardinals 3-2 on Friday night for their season-high fifth win in a row.

Jay Bruce had three hits and two RBIs, and Cincinnati turned in several fine defensive plays following a 2 1/2-hour rain delay that featured lightning strikes near the stadium.

The ...

ST. LOUIS - On a night of booming thunderstorms at Busch Stadium, the Cardinals fell 3-2 to the Cincinnati Reds in front of 39,850 fans.

The game ended when former Cardinal Scott Rolen made a dandy play at third baseman, throwing out Tyler Greene on a close play at first base. Greene slid into the bag head-first, and after an emphatic call by umpire Paul Emmel, Joe Mather, who hit a two-out double in the inning, was left stranded.

And so the Cardinals' five-game winn...

ST. LOUIS - The Cardinals threatened to tie the score, or take the lead, against the Cincinnati Reds in the eighth inning, but they came up empty.

The Reds lead 3-2 heading into the top of the ninth inning.

With the Redbirds trailing by one run, Albert Pujols led off the bottom of the eighth inning with his second straight single in the game. He's 2-for-4 on the night. Matt Holliday followed with a couple of nice cuts before flaring a base hit into centerfield. Pujol...