7:10 PM ET, August 10, 2010
Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, Ohio
Benches-clearing scrum sparks Cardinals to tie Reds for NL Central lead
CINCINNATI -- From their first-inning scrum to the final out, the St. Louis Cardinals sent a message: Don't demean the defending champs. Not without expecting a fight.Yadier Molina jawed with Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips in the first inning Tuesday night, sparking a benches-clearing fight, and the Cardinals followed their catcher's lead to an 8-4 victory that moved St. Louis back into first place in the NL Central.
Olney: Bigger Picture
The Reds haven't shown they can take the NL Central away from the Cardinals. And on Tuesday, after a nasty fight, the Cards dominated Cincy again, Buster Olney writes. Blog
• St. Louis won consecutive road games for the first time since June 22-23 and improved to 7-3 overall in their last 10 games.
• With the win, the Cardinals moved into a tie with the Reds for first place in the NL Central and are 9-5 vs. Cincinnati this season.
• Jaime Garcia improved to 3-0 this season against the Reds despite allowing more than 3 runs in his third straight start.
• Yadier Molina hit his sixth career homer vs. the Reds, which ties for his most against any team.
• Matt Holliday (4-5, 3 RBI) has an RBI in six straight games, matching his career high.
• Cincinnati has lost two straight home games for the first time since July 21-22.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
The last St. Louis rookie to win 10 games was Jason Simontacchi in 2002. ... St. Louis 2B Skip Schumaker left the game with leg cramps. It was 95 degrees at game time. ... La Russa said RHP Jeff Suppan had discomfort in his groin during a between-starts workout on Monday and is being examined. ... The Reds started using RHP Homer Bailey out of the bullpen during his minor league rehab stint. Bailey has been on the DL since May 24 with inflammation in his pitching shoulder. ... Holliday's bases-loaded single ended Ondrusek's streak of scoreless innings at 22.
Regular Season Series
|St. Louis leads 12-6 (as of Tue 8/10)|
|Mon 4/5||STL 11, @CIN 6||Recap|
|Wed 4/7||STL 6, @CIN 3||Recap|
|Thu 4/8||@CIN 2, STL 1||Recap|
|Fri 4/30||CIN 3, @STL 2||Recap|
|Sat 5/1||@STL 6, CIN 3||Recap|
|Sun 5/2||@STL 6, CIN 0||Recap|
|Fri 5/14||STL 4, @CIN 3||Recap|
|Sat 5/15||@CIN 4, STL 3||Recap|
|Sun 5/16||@CIN 7, STL 2||Recap|
|Mon 5/31||@STL 12, CIN 4||Recap|
|Tue 6/1||CIN 9, @STL 8||Recap|
|Wed 6/2||@STL 4, CIN 1||Recap|
|Mon 8/9||STL 7, @CIN 3||Recap|
|» Tue 8/10||STL 8, @CIN 4||Box Score|
|Wed 8/11||STL 6, @CIN 1||Recap|
|Fri 9/3||@STL 3, CIN 2||Recap|
|Sat 9/4||CIN 6, @STL 1||Recap|
|Sun 9/5||@STL 4, CIN 2||Recap|
|Complete Schedule: Cardinals | Reds|
|1st||A Pujols grounded out to second, F Lopez scored.||1||0|
|2nd||Y Molina homered to left (368 feet).||2||0|
|3rd||B Phillips grounded out to second, D Stubbs scored, R Hernandez to third.||2||1|
|3rd||J Votto singled to center, R Hernandez scored, P Janish to second.||2||2|
|6th||M Holliday doubled to left, A Pujols scored.||3||2|
|6th||C Rasmus doubled to shallow right, M Holliday scored, C Rasmus to third on error by right fielder C Heisey.||4||2|
|6th||Y Molina hit sacrifice fly to right, C Rasmus scored.||5||2|
|6th||D Stubbs singled to left, J Votto and S Rolen scored, J Edmonds to second, J Edmonds thrown out at third attempting to advance on play.||5||4|
|7th||M Holliday singled to shallow left, B Ryan and J Jay scored, A Pujols to third, A Pujols scored, M Holliday to second on throwing error by left fielder J Gomes.||8||4|
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|Stadium||Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, OH|
|Attendance||36,964 (87.3% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||94 degrees, partly cloudy|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Mark Wegner, First Base - Mark Carlson, Second Base - Jeff Kellogg, Third Base - Larry Vanover|