Game Report: Cardinals 12, Reds 5

By Rob Rains

The storybook moment came when Aledmys Diaz hit a grand slam in the fourth inning Tuesday night for the Cardinals, but that was not the only hit which propelled them to a key victory over the Reds at Busch Stadium.

The Cardinals hit for the home run cycle – a solo shot, a two-run homer, a three-run blast and the grand slam – and threw in a pinch-hit homer to boot – as they kept the pressure on the Mets and the Giants in the NL wild card race.

All three teams won on Tuesday night, leaving the standings exactly the same. The Mets lead the Giants by a half game and the Giants are a game ahead of the Cardinals. Both the Cardinals and Giants have five games left, the Mets four.

Here is how the game broke down:

At the plate:
The Cardinals hit five home runs, the fifth time they have done that this season. Matt Carpenter hit his 20th of the year in the third, Diaz hit his first grand slam in the fourth, Jhonny Peralta hit a three-run shot in the fifth, Matt Adams’ two-run homer came as a pinch-hitter in the sixth and Randal Grichuk also homered in that inning … It was the first time the Cardinals had hit for the home run cycle since April 21, 2004 at Houston … Adams’ homer was the 16th of the year by a Cardinals’ pinch-hitter, the most in major-league history … Brandon Moss broke an 0-for-23 streak with a single in the fourth, which brought Diaz to the plate.

On the mound:
Adam Wainwright was the beneficiary of the Cardinals’ power outburst. He got the win despite allowing 10 hits and five runs in 5 2/3 innings, including two homers. … The Cardinals got scoreless innings in relief from Matt Bowman, Trevor Rosenthal and Dean Kiekhefer.

Of note:
With another day off the schedule, it is becoming increasingly likely that Matt Holliday will not be able to return before the end of the regular season … The Cardinals hope Kolten Wong will be able to play in the field on Wednesday. He received a cortisone shot after injuring his right shoulder when he fell while playing left field on Friday in Chicago … The Cardinals are one of several teams expected to hold a private workout for Cuban infielder Lourdes Gurriel in the next few weeks. Gurriel will turn 23 on Oct. 19 and can then sign as an uncapped player … The only other professional grand slam by Diaz came for Double A Springfield on July 15 of last year.

Looking ahead:
Mike Leake will get the start in Wednesday night’s game while Anthony DeSclafani will start for the Reds.