Series: Game 4 of 4

St. Louis won 3-1

Game 1: Thursday, July 15
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Game 2: Friday, July 16
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Game 3: Saturday, July 17
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Game 4: Sunday, July 18
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Cardinals 10

(57-34, 29-16 away)

Reds 4

(48-44, 26-18 home)

1:15 PM ET, July 18, 2004

Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, Ohio 

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W: J. Suppan (9-5)

L: J. Acevedo (4-8)

Suppan remains unbeaten on road

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Mike Matheny seems re-energized following the All-Star break.

Matheny finished the first half in 4-for-26 slump that dropped his average from .271 to .250. He began the second half by going 6-for-12 as the St. Louis Cardinals took three of four games from Cincinnati, capping the series with a 10-4 win on Sunday.

"Everybody could use the time off," said Matheny, who drove in three runs. "Our All-Stars were the guys who really needed it, and they didn't get it."

Jeff Suppan won his third straight start to lead the Cardinals to their 11th win in 13 games. Suppan (9-5) allowed four runs and seven hits in six-plus innings while improving to 6-0 on the road this season.

"This is every pitcher's dream, to have an offense like we have and a defense like this," Suppan said. "I'm a pitcher who uses the defense a lot anyway."

Edgar Renteria and former Red Reggie Sanders hit solo homers for St. Louis, 8-2 against the Reds this season after going 7-9 last year.

Matheny, who was on the disabled list from June 2 to June 19 with a muscle strain in his right side, drove in the Cardinals' first run with a second-inning single and added a two-run double in a five-run third.

"He needed the time off," St. Louis manager Tony La Russa said.

Jose Acevedo (4-8) gave up six runs, seven hits and three walks in 2 1-3 innings, his shortest outing of the season other than an outing shortened by a rain delay. Acevedo allowed five runs in one inning for the second consecutive start.

"Obviously, we'd hoped for more than what he gave us," Reds manager Dave Miley said. "It looked like he let a tight (strike) zone affect him, and you can't do that. You can't do a whole lot about balls and strikes.

Acevedo is 1-5 with a 7.94 ERA in his last nine starts, pushing his overall ERA from 4.15 to 5.77. He was not available for comment after the game.

"Acevedo has a great arm," La Russa said. "I think he let the umpire affect him a little bit. It broke his concentration."

St. Louis took advantage of two Cincinnati mental errors to take a 1-0 lead in the second inning. Jim Edmonds was on third base and John Mabry on second with one out when Matheny lifted a soft popup toward short right field. First baseman Sean Casey misjudged it, and the ball landed for an single as Edmonds scored and Matheny reached as Acevedo failed to cover first base.

John Vander Wal, making his first start of the season for the Reds following knee surgery in January, hit a two-run homer in the bottom half, his first home run since last Aug. 10 for Milwaukee against Florida.

Renteria's leadoff homer tied the score in the third. Edmonds' RBI double gave the Cardinals a 3-2 lead, Mabry hit a sacrifice fly and Matheny chased Acevedo with a two-run double.

D'Angelo Jimenez's RBI single in the fourth extended his hitting streak to eight games and pulled Cincinnati to 6-3, Sanders homered in the fifth and Scott Rolen hit a two-run double in the seventh. Wily Mo Pena hit an RBI single in the bottom half, and Jim Edmonds had a run-scoring double in the ninth against John Riedling.

Game notes

St. Louis 2B Tony Womack got the day off after going hitless in his previous nine at-bats and one hit in his last 14. ... The Cardinals, who have not had a losing record on a trip this season, guaranteed at least a split of their six-game swing. ... The Reds reacquired OF Jason Romano from Triple-A Louisville and designated LHP Jesus Sanchez for assignment. ... The Reds reached a tentative agreement with their No. 1 draft pick, Texas high school pitcher Homer Bailey. He is expected to be in Cincinnati on Monday for a physical and to finalize the deal.

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