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Cincinnati Reds Unable to Gain on St. Louis Cardinals, Lose 9-2

June 8th, 2013 at 10:26 AM
By Cody Dalga

Heading into last night, the Cincinnati Reds were 12 games over .500 but still trailed the St. Louis Cardinals by three games. Starting a three game series, the Reds had the opportunity to sweep the Cardinals and sit atop the NL Central, but St. Louis had other plans. 

St. Louis collected a total of 16 hits including seven doubles in a 9-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds.

"Right now we just have to keep going and keep fighting," Reds third baseman Todd Frazier said. "At the same time, it's one game. We have to try and win the series. What are you going to do? It was ugly. At the same time, we can learn from everything."

Mike Leake was the starter for the Reds and went five innings giving up six hits and allowed three earned. 

"They've got a great lineup," Leake said. "You can't take a break against any of them. You have to keep going after them and challenge them. You can't pitch timid against them or they will make you pay."

Both teams were scoreless through three innings when the Cardinals plated three runs in the fourth off of three consecutive RBI singles. 
The Reds couldn't muster any offense for the next couple of innings. The Cardinals plated four more runs in the sixth and the Reds countered with a single run thanks to a Jay Bruce RBI single. 
Both teams traded runs in the seventh and the Cardinals added a run in the eighth to make it 9-2, which turned out to be the final.
The Reds will attempt to gain some ground today in game two of the series today at 7:15. Mat Latos will be on the mound.
Tags: Baseball, Cincinnati, Cincinnati Reds, Jay Bruce, Mike Leake, MLB, todd frazier

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