The Cardinals overcame a 5-2 deficit and won the all important first game of their series in Cicinnati against the first place Reds. Allen Craig’s three run home run tied the game at 5-5 in the 6th inning. The Yadier Molina, the next batter, socked his 17th home run of the season giving St. Louis the lead for good at 6-5.
Joe Kelly came on in relief of an ineffective Lance Lynn and pitched three innings to earn the victory. Lynn only pitched into the third inning while allowing four runs. Kelly pitched the three relief innings allowing just one run to raise his record to 4-5 on the season. Fernando Salas, Edward Mujica, Mitchell Boggs and Jason Motte each pitched one scoreless inning to insure the victory. For Motte, it was his 30th save of the season.
Allen Craig, Yadier Molina and Skip Schumaker had three hits a piece to pace the Cardinals 14 hit attack. The win moves the Cardinals to just six games back of first place Cincinnati in the NL Central Division race. St. Louis holds a two lead over both Los Angeles and Pittsburgh in the NL Wild Card race.