On Monday the Cardinals turned seven innings of good baseball into a loss. On Tuesday they turned five innings of being no-hit into a win.
Cincinnati hurler Bronson Arroyo held St. Louis scoreless into the sixth inning. But when the Cardinals finally broke through they erupted like a volcano with five hits and four runs in the inning. The big blow came from pitch hitter Matt Adams who launched a 403-foot blast that turned a 1-0 lead for the Reds into a 2-1 advantage for the Birds.
The timely outburst saved a fantastic performance by Lance Lynn from being wasted.
Lynn struck out 10 and allowed only one run in six innings of work. That run counted as being earned. But it should have never happened. Shortstop Pete Kozma whiffed on a seemingly playable grounder and the play was called a base hit.
The bullpen that blew the game Monday made good on a chance to redeem itself Tuesday. Trevor Rosenthal pitched a scoreless eighth and Mitchell Boggs, who was barbecued during the home opener, pitched the ninth with a chip on his shoulder to hammer down the victory.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Lynn
Cardinals Play of the Game: Adams' homer
Lowlight: The Cardinals learned Tuesday that closer Jason Motte has a tear in his elbow ligament and he may need Tommy John surgery.