Adam Wainwright pitched well enough to the get the win, but Mat Latos of Cincinnati was better as the Cardinals fell to the Reds 2-1, Monday night at Busch Stadium. Latos pitched six shutout innings allowing five hits, and Wainwright gave up two runs on five hits in seven innings.
The key to the game was the fact the Cardinal bats went 2 for 11 with runners in scoring position, and the Cards lead the majors in that category hitting .355. Yadier Molina drove in a run in the eighth, ending a 17 inning scoreless drought. That came off former Royals reliever Jonathan Broxton.
Molina had three of the team’s seven hits and Allen Craig added two more, but he was one of the hitters who struggled with RISP. Coming into the game, Craig was 7 for 11 with runners in scoring position and two outs, but failed twice in that situation with forceouts to end the third and fifth innings, as the Cardinals dropped their third straight.