CINCINNATI (AP) -- Steve Kline made a mistake and it cost him.
Adam Dunn hit a tiebreaking, three-run homer in the eighth
inning, the first home run by a left-handed hitter off Kline this
season, and the Cincinnati Reds cooled off the St. Louis Cardinals
with a 7-5 win Saturday.
"I just made a real bad pitch to the guy and he beat me,"
Kline said. "I was lucky he didn't hit it 17,000 rows deep."
"I was just trying to put the ball in play," Dunn said. "I
definitely was not trying to hit a home run -- but I'll take it."
St. Louis, which had overcome a 4-0 deficit to tie the game, had
won 10 of its previous 11 games, including a three-game sweep of
the Reds last week in St. Louis and the first two of this four-game
"We had to find a way to win one," said the Reds' Sean Casey.
"But none of us has too much success against Kline."
Before the homer, left-handers were hitting .172 (10-for-58)
"He throws in the 90s and he has the best left-handed slider in
the game," Dunn said. "If he makes a mistake, you better hit
After Albert Pujols tied the score 4-all in the top of the
eighth against Jones with his 24th homer, Julian Tavarez (2-3)
couldn't hold the lead in the bottom half. Ryan Freel was hit by a
pitch, Kline walked Larkin and Dunn followed with his 26th homer.
Pujols had an RBI single off Graves in the ninth.
Casey's RBI single put Cincinnati ahead in the third, a liner
that went off Pujols' glove at first. Larkin homered in the fifth,
and Pena added a two-run drive later in the inning for a 4-0 lead.
He is 11-for-23 in his last six games with five homers and 10 RBI.
Cardinals center fielder Jim Edmonds, who reached over the wall
to take away a potential home run from Jason LaRue on Friday night,
threw out D'Angelo Jimenez at the plate in the second inning trying
to score from second on Javier Valentin's single. Edmonds has eight
assists, tying Dunn and Philadelphia's Bobby Abreu for the lead
among NL outfielders.
3B Scott Rolen was out of the St. Louis lineup for only the
third time this season. The major league RBI leader has flu-like
symptoms. ... Reds 3B Brandon Larson left in the fourth after
straining his left hamstring running out a groundout. ... With 950
RBI, Larkin tied Dave Conception for fifth on the Reds' career
list. ... Cardinals RHP Mike Lincoln had elbow ligament replacement
surgery that will end his season. Lincoln was 3-2 with a 5.19 ERA
in 13 relief appearances.