St. Louis Cardinals defeat Cincinnati Reds, 6-3

Before lifting up a bat borrowed from Adam Wainwright and taking his first swings in nearly three seasons, Cardinals closer Ryan Franklin turned to the fans closest to the on-deck circle Saturday and smirked.

"Wish me luck," he said.

The righthander had a chance to personally inflate the lead he'd take into the ninth inning with a bases-loaded at-bat in the eighth, his first at-bat since August 2007. He whiffed on three swings with the foreign bat, stranding three ru...