ST. LOUIS — Joey Votto's RBI single in the first and Xavier Paul's infield RBI in the fourth was all the offensive punch the Cincinnati Reds needed in a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday night at Busch Stadium.
How it went
Shin-Soo Choo hit Adam Wainwright's first pitch of the game into the left-field corner for a double. Zack Cozart's sacrifice moved Choo to third before Votto singled sharply to right. Brandon Phillips singled to start the fourth, but was forced at second on Jay Bruce's grounder. Todd Frazier doubled to right, sending Bruce to third. Paul then broke his bat and hit a slow roller to shortstop Pete Kozma, who took the out at first as Bruce scored. The Cardinals were blanked by Mat Latos for six innings and scored their only run of the game in the eighth, breaking a 16-inning drought. Allen Craig doubled to right against Jonathan Broxton to start the inning and scored on Yadier Molina's double to deep center. Broxton set down the next three hitters to keep the Reds ahead by one.
By the numbers
Wainwright (4-2) threw seven innings, allowing two runs on five hits. He walked two and struck out six, with the walks being just his second and third of the season in 44 1/3 inning. ... Molina had three hits and a stolen base. ... Cardinals pitchers retired 12 in a row from the fourth through the eighth. ... Aroldis Chapman pitched the ninth for the Reds, registering his sixth save. ... Latos (2-0) permitted no runs, walked three and struck out four. ... St. Louis has scored three runs or fewer in 12 of its 25 this season.