Tuesday night’s hero at Busch Stadium did his best work by just getting in the way.
Jon Jay drove in the winning run in the ninth inning after being hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, and the St. Louis Cardinals edged the Cincinnati Reds, 5-4.
A Matt Holliday single in the third drove in the first run for the home team, but the Reds answered in the top of the fourth on a two-run home run by Todd Frazier. The teams traded a pair of runs in the sixth, with St. Louis benefiting from a two-run shot by Jhonny Peralta. His 17th home run of the year set the single-season record for a Cardinals shortstop. Daniel Descalso tied the game in the eighth inning with an RBI double.
That set the stage for the ninth, where a Holliday walk, Matt Adams single, and Peralta walk loaded the bases for Jay, who has hit by the first pitch he saw.
St. Louis starter John Lackey put in six innings of work, allowing four runs (two earned) on four hits, with one walk and seven strikeouts. Pat Neshek earned the win after tossing a scoreless ninth.
The Cardinals will go for a sweep of Cincinnati at Busch Stadium Wednesday night. Lance Lynn opposes the Reds’ Johnny Cueto, and pregame coverage begins at 5:20 pm on ESPN 103.1 and 1580 AM KTGR.