The Cardinals topped the Reds 4-2, giving Jason Marquis his 4th win. Four pitchers combined for a four-hitter, but the dispersion of pitchers was a bit lopsided. Marquis went eight innings and gave up two runs—one earned—off three hits and a walk. In the ninth, manager Tony LaRussa utilized relievers Ray King, Julian Tavarez, Randy Flores and Al Reyes for the final three outs. Reyes got the final out of the game and his second save.
Reggie Sanders reached two milestones with his 1,500th career hit and his 300th double. He was 2-for-4 with two RBI’s drove in two runs. Sanders’ single in the fourth inning scored Albert Pujols and got the Cardinals on the board. He drove in St. Louis’ final run with a double in the eighth, which knocked in Jim Edmonds.
Pujols extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a couple of singles. He’s hitting .337 this season.
Right fielder Larry Walker and third baseman Scott Rolen were both absent from the lineup on Tuesday with injuries. Walker has a sore groin and Rolen, who also didn’t play Monday, has a strained back.