Cardinals lose late lead, Cincy series opener

Wainwright ran into trouble in the seventh

The St. Louis Cardinals and Adam Wainwright saw Friday night's game get away from them.

INSIDE PITCH

 

A dribbler that went about 75 feet became the difference Friday night as the Cardinals lost a lead in the seventh inning and fell 5-3 to the Reds, putting them 2 1/2 games behind Pittsburgh and Cincinnati in the NL Central standings.

 

An inefficient offense that stranded 11 runners probably should have put up more than two runs through the top of the seventh.

 

Cardinals right-hander Adam Wainwright, who had given up just two hits, was holding a 2-1 lead when the Reds got back-to-back singles to open the bottom of the seventh. Ryan Ludwick sacrificed, and Cardinals manager Mike Matheny ordered an intentional walk to the Cincinnati's No. 7 hitter, Todd Frazier, who had homered earlier.

 

With the bases loaded, Reds catcher Ryan Hanigan hit a roller to the right of the mound. First baseman Allen Craig charged the ball, saw he had no play at the plate and then shoveled underhanded toward Wainwright, who might have been slow off the mound but was trying to get to first in time. The throw was behind Wainwright, who then got his spikes tangled up with Hanigan's shoe as Wainwright crossed the bag and then got knocked to the ground.

 

Two runs scored on the play, and with the other runners moving up, a sacrifice fly made it a three-run inning.

 

"It's shame that a hit like that ends up costing us," Matheny said. "I thought (Wainwright) was great until we got to the seventh.

 

"He had everybody off balance and then couple of two-strike hits hurt him. We just couldn't stop the bleeding in the seventh."

 

Wainwright said, "The only pitch I want back in the inning was the one to Jay Bruce."

 

Bruce got the second single of the inning.

 

"I didn't make many mistakes tonight," said Wainwright, who also wasn't too delighted that Hanigan's ball was called a hit.

 

"That's not a hit. Give me a break," Wainwright said.

 

NOTES, QUOTES

1B Lance Berkman, out since late May after right knee surgery, may come off the 15-day disabled list in the next day or so. Berkman worked out before the game Friday and said he felt good. With the Cardinals deep at both first base and in the outfield, Berkman, who has appeared in just 13 games this season, may not play every day anyway. "I may have to play in whatever capacity they think is the best," he said.

RHP Kyle McClellan will miss the rest of the season after undergoing shoulder surgery Tuesday. McClellan, on the disabled list since May with a right elbow strain, required surgery after he tore the labrum in his right shoulder during a throwing session. He was 0-1 with a 5.30 ERA in 16 relief appearances in 2012. A starter to begin the 2011 season, McClellan made 43 appearances (17 starts) last year, going 12-7 with a 4.19 ERA.

General manager John Mozeliak has make contact with the agent for LHP Brian Fuentes, released by Oakland. The Cardinals have been short on left-handed bullpen help for much of the season, although rookie LHP Barret Browning retired the first 14 men he faced before he gave up a single to Reds 2B Brandon Phillips, who later scored in the eighth inning Friday.

RHP Adam Wainwright suffered his ninth loss in 16 decisions, although he pitched quite well into the seventh inning. He had held Cincinnati to two hits, including an opposite-field home run by 3B Todd Frazier, through six innings. "That home run was a Great American Ball Park home run," said Wainwright. "You make your pitch down and away, and a guy one-hands it 10 rows out to right field. I've had some tough losses this year. I had good enough stuff to win tonight. It just didn't happen."

LF Matt Holliday, in a 38-for-83 (.458) run, extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a ninth-inning single. However, the at-bat he would like to have back is the seventh-inning strikeout he had with the bases loaded and the Cardinals trying to add to a 2-1 lead.

1B Allen Craig, besides committing a key error in the seventh inning, also popped up with a man at third and one out in the third. He was 0-for-5 on the night as the Cardinals stranded 11 runners.

OF Shane Robinson, who might be vulnerable if 1B Lance Berkman is activated Saturday, delivered a run-scoring single in the eighth inning Friday. Robinson would be a tough loss, having been the club's best right-handed pinch hitter this season.

3B David Freese, who missed a start in the last game before the break due to a left leg bruise, was back in the lineup Friday. He went 0-for-2 with two walks.

C Yadier Molina was activated from the bereavement list Friday, and he went 2-for-4. He had been out for a week.

C Bryan Anderson was optioned back to Class AAA Memphis during the All-Star break in anticipation of C Yadier Molina's return from the bereavement list. In 15 games for St. Louis this season, Anderson has hit .281/.314/344 with no homers and four RBI.

By the Numbers:

1 - Baserunners allowed by LHP Barret Browning, who has faced 16 hitters since coming up from Class AAA Memphis.

Quote to Note:

"It's one of those head-scratchers. You just don't know what happened."

- RHP Adam Wainwright, on suffering a 5-3 loss to Cincinnati by allowing three scratch runs in the seventh inning.

MEDICAL WATCH

3B David Freese (bruised left leg) was hurt July 7. He appeared as a pinch hitter July 8. He was back in the lineup July 13 after the All-Star break.

1B Lance Berkman (torn meniscus in right knee) went on the 15-day disabled list May 20. He had arthroscopic surgery May 25, and no ACL damage was found. He took batting practice July 2, and he could be activated during the weekend of July 13-15.

LHP Jaime Garcia (left shoulder strain) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 6. After further examination, it was determined that he has tearing in his rotator cuff. He threw 40 pitches from 60 feet on flat ground for the first time in a month July 4. He is out until at least mid-August.

RHP Kyle McClellan (torn labrum in right shoulder) went on the 15-day disabled list May 18 due to a strained right elbow, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on June 30. He threw on flat ground for the first time July 3, but he subsequently felt shoulder pain. He had season-ending shoulder surgery July 10.

RHP Chris Carpenter (weak right shoulder) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 26, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on June 10. He threw for the first time since March on June 13 and then threw another 40 pitches on June 15. He threw to hitters for the first time June 22 but then had a setback June 25 when he felt renewed weakness in the shoulder. He said it felt better the next day, and he had an extensive throwing session off flat ground June 27. On June 28, he was told he has thoracic outlet syndrome, which can cause, among its effects, weakness in one's shoulder. A July 2 bullpen session was canceled. On July 3, the Cardinals announced that Carpenter would undergo season-ending surgery July 19 to relieve thoracic outlet syndrome.

Link to boxscore: Cincinnati 5, St. Louis 3

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