Pinch-hitter Kelly Stinnett's two-run single snapped a
14th-inning tie and the Reds beat the Cardinals for the seventh
time in eight games this season, 7-4 Tuesday night."I don't know if we've handled them," manager Bob Boone said.
"We know how good they are and we're just enjoying what's
happening."Tino Martinez homered twice for the Cardinals. He hit a solo
shot in the eighth that made it 2-all, then had a two-out, two-run
homer in the ninth to tie it at 4."I had a good night, obviously, at the plate," Martinez said.
"But it's a disappointing loss and we'll have to find a way to
bounce back."Martinez and rookie Bo Hart had four hits for St. Louis, which
stranded 18 runners. Albert Pujols was 3-for-6 to raise his average
to .387.Barry Larkin hit a go-ahead, two-run single in the ninth and the
Reds got homers from Sean Casey and Juan Castro to snap a
three-game losing streak.Adam Dunn walked for the third straight time to start the 14th.
Jose Guillen fouled a ball off his foot, necessitating about a
five-minute delay, before hitting a one-out single off Jeff Fassero
(0-3).Ken Griffey Jr. was intentionally walked to load the bases and
Stinnett followed with a single just inside the third-base line
against Esteban Yan, the eighth St. Louis pitcher.A third run scored when Griffey beat the throw home on Aaron
Boone's tapper in front of home plate.Felix Heredia (3-0) allowed a hit in two scoreless innings.
Danny Graves, scheduled to start Thursday, finished for his first
save -- he was the Reds' seventh pitcher.Graves had 32 saves each of the last two seasons before moving
to the rotation this year. Boone said he might have to push Graves
back a day if he's not ready to go on Thursday."Any time you go extra, extra innings with the bullpen pretty
much out, you've got go down there and do what you can," Graves
said. "That's what I've done my whole career so it came right back
to me."Scott Rolen struggled in his return to the Cardinals' lineup
after missing seven of the last eight games with a stiff neck and
sore shoulders as a result of a headfirst slide in Boston on June
12. He made two nice plays at third base, robbing Jason LaRue and
Guillen to end the fourth and fifth, but stranded 10 runners in
going 1-for-7.Shortstop Edgar Renteria's two-out error opened the door for
Larkin in the ninth, putting runners on first and third. Steve
Kline walked Dunn, who was pinch-hitting, to load the bases before
Larkin's go-ahead hit.Reds starter Jimmy Haynes allowed a run on eight hits in
six-plus innings and Cardinals starter Brett Tomko also was
effective, giving up two runs on seven hits in seven innings.Casey hit his eighth homer in the second and one batter later,
Castro hit his fourth homer for a 2-0 lead. Casey is 9-for-17 on
the trip with four RBI and four multihit games.Jim Edmonds had been 1-for-11 before his bloop RBI single cut
the gap to 2-1 in the seventh.Hart was 4-for-8 and is 12-for-25 (.480) in five games since his
contract was purchased from Triple-A Memphis last week. Hart is
filling in at second base for the injured Fernando Vina and Miguel
Cairo and made a nice diving stab to rob Griffey of a hit in the
Pujols leads the majors with 106 hits. ... Scott Williamson
has two straight blown saves, but only three in 21 chances overall.
He gave up Martinez's homer in the ninth. ... Austin Kearns was
0-for-6 and is in a 2-for-22 slump. ... X-rays of Guillen's left
foot were negative.