Game Report: Cardinals 13, Reds 4

When Adam Wainwright threw 39 pitches before getting an out in the first inning on Sunday, it looked as if it would be “one of those days” for the Cardinals at Cincinnati.
As it turned out, that’s exactly what it was – for the Reds.

Wainwright finally got out of the inning after allowing only three runs, and by the time five batters had come to bat for the Cardinals in the top of the second, they had a 4-3 lead.

That inning was followed by an even bigger inning – a nine-run fourth – and the offensively-starved Cardinals had a day they could enjoy in the big win over the Reds. The big blow in the fourth was the first career grand slam by Jose Martinez, hitting in the cleanup spot for only the second time this season.

It was the first time the Cardinals had scored nine runs in an inning in Cincinnati since July 29, 1977, in the second inning when the inning was capped by the first career grand slam for Keith Hernandez.

Wainwright did not get credit for the win as he was replaced by a pinch-hitter in the fourth.

Here is how the game broke down:

At the plate: The five consecutive hits in the second inning included four doubles, the first from Martinez leading off the inning … The Cardinals had seven hits and drew three walks as they sent 13 batters to the plate in the fourth. The nine runs matched their most in an inning this season … Luke Voit pinch-hit for Wainwright and hit a ground-rule double to drive in two runs and Matt Carpenter followed with a two-run triple, his first hit in 14 at-bats on the current road trip … Paul DeJong and Kolten Wong both had three hits as the Cardinals finished with 16 hits, tying their most in a nine-inning game this season … The most runs the Cardinals had scored in an inning in their previous 83 innings before Sunday was three, which they had done once.

On the mound: Wainwright needed 45 pitches to get through the first inning, when the Reds stranded the bases loaded. He was lifted after throwing 88 pitches in three innings, issuing five walks … Of the eight shortest starts in Wainwright’s career, three have been against the Reds. His career ERA against the Reds is 5.09, the highest against any opponent he has faced more than twice … Brett Cecil was credited with the win after three scoreless innings, also getting his first at-bat since 2012 … John Brebbia pitched two innings and Matt Bowman the ninth as the Reds had only four hits after the first inning.

Key stat: The Cardinals had a combined one RBI out of the cleanup spot in their previous 14 games before Sunday and a total of three in their previous 20 games. The last homer out of the spot was a two-run shot by Jedd Gyorko on July 14, the first game after the All-Star break,

Worth noting: The only time the Cardinals had as many or more RBIs out of the fourth spot in the order this season was when Stephen Piscotty drove in five on April 12 at Washington, the ninth game of the year … The most runs the Cardinals had scored in one inning at the Great American Ballpark before Sunday was seven, which they had done twice since the park opened in 2003 … The Cardinals’ last grand slam in Cincinnati was hit by Matt Holliday on June 9, 2013 … To open a roster spot for Wainwright, Kevin Siegrist was placed on the disabled list before the game. Dexter Fowler is expected to be the next player coming off the DL, sometime in the next couple of days.

Looking ahead:

The Cardinals will have another chance to get back to .500 for the first time since June 2 on Monday night when they play the first of four games against the Royals. They are 0-6 when they have had chance since June 2. Carlos Martinez will pitch against Jason Vargas in the opener, the first of two games in Kansas City before the two teams come to St. Louis on Wednesday night.