It's not often that the other team's first five hitters score that extra innings are required to settle the game.
But that was the case Wednesday as the Birds battled back from an 8-0 chasm courtesy of starting pitcher Jake Westbrook who served up three homers amongst the eight hits and seven earned runs he allowed over 4 1/3 innings pitched.
Trever Miller gave up a solo shot in the fifth to make the score 8-0 and manager Tony La Russa started to call off the dogs, taking right fielder Lance Berkman out of the game.
But the Cardinals still on the field didn't give up, scoring a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth to make the game 8-2 and five more in the bottom of the seventh centered around a Matt Holliday homer and Albert Pujols' first base hit after returning from a broken arm in 16 days to make the score 8-7.
It stayed that way until the bottom of the ninth when jerk Reds closer Francisco Cordero, last seen shouting like an idiot into the Cardinals dugout following his team's sweep of St. Louis in Cincinnati, got taken into the bleachers by Jon Jay to tie the the game with a solo homer.
The Cardinals and Reds traded jabs for four more innings before Cincinnati scored a run off Cardinals lefty Raul Valdez to salvage one game of the series.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Daniel Descalso was 4-for-6 with a pair of RBIs and a pair of runs scored.
Cardinals Play of the Game: Jay's Homer
Lowlight: Westbrook has reverted to his absolutely terrible form of April. He needs to pitch much better to justify his hefty salary. So far, I'm not impressed with the return the Cardinals are getting for their investment in him.