The St. Louis Cardinals finally won their first extra-inning contest of the season on Sunday against the division rival Cincinnati Reds after failing in their first four tries this season. They made a comeback to tie the game at 4-4 in the seventh inning after Carlos Beltran hit his 14th homer this season earlier in the game. Once the game entered the 10th, the Cardinals were prepared to make a statement.
They wasted no time in extras, scoring three runs to make it 7-4 in the Cardinals favor. With that, Matt Holliday came to the plate with the bases loaded. The previous night, Holliday had been denied a bases loaded at bat against Reds' closer Aroldis Chapman when the first base umpire called Beltran out beating out a ground ball on a play at first base when Joey Votto was clearly pulled off the bag.
Reds' manager Dusty Baker, not exactly known for protecting his players on the field, signaled to bring in Curtis Partch to make his MLB debut with the bases loaded against Holliday in the 10th. Holliday welcomed the rookie to the big leagues with a monster grand slam that landed in the second deck in left field 464 feet away from home plate. This capped the Cardinals extra inning rally giving them a game final score of 11-4. Trevor Rosenthal fanned four over six batters faced to earn the win in a game Lance Lynn had started.
The message sent by the Cardinals to the Reds was simple: they are the better team and will not let the Reds stand in the way of a Cardinals NL Central Division winning season. The Cardinals now continue their road trip on Tuesday at Citi Field against the New York Mets.
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