The Cardinals allowed runs in the bottom of the ninth and the bottom of the 10th to allow Cincinnati to overcome their four-run lead and pull within half a game of the Rebirds at the top of the National League Central.
As is his custom of late, young St. Louis closer Eduardo Sanchez entered the game and walked the first man he faced. Former Cardinals shortstop Edgar Renteria reached second when Sanchez threw a wild pitch. He got around Joey Votto, who grounded out. But Brandon Phillips hit a flare to left center to push home Renteria.
In the 10th Jason Motte gave up a leadoff double but it looked like the Birds might have wormed their way out of trouble when the next batter hit into a fielder's choice and the Cardinals improved their position to a runner at first base with one out. Motte then walked Reteria to jump back into the fire with the winning run at second base. And with two outs, Votto didn't miss his chance this time with a game winnign base hit.
Kyle Lohse was in line for the win before the bullpen breakdown, He scattered seven hits over six innings and allowed two runs to leave him with a 2.31 ERA.
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Cardinals Star of the Game: Matt Holliday was 3-for-5 with a run scored and two runners batted in to push his average to .398 on the season.
Cardinals Play of the Game: In the third inning the Cardinals kept the Reds off the board when Tyler Green came home with runners at second and third and one out to nail Fred Lewis.
Lowlight: The bullpen meltdown.