Cincinnati victorious under the arches for initial meeting in St. Louis

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[Redleg Nation]

Things certainly didn’t start out well for the Reds last night in St. Louis. Edison Volquez had a flare up of the back that’s been bothering him and had to leave the game after giving up an RBI single to Albert Pujols.
Mike Lincoln (who eventually got the win in this game) entered the game and gave up a home run to Skip Schumacher and then the Reds began to battle.
The Reds were the beneficiary of big run scoring hits by Laynce Nix and Brandon Phillips as well as a sac fly by Adam Rosales really aided the Reds to get this victory. Coupled with the Milwaukee loss in Florida last night, it put the Reds just 2 and 1/2 games out of first place in the NL Central.
Coco Cordero entered the game in the 9th inning and locked down his 14th save in 14 opportunities. The Reds bullpen allowed just one run over 8 innings of work. I have to hand it to Cordero. The guy has been a monster coming out of the pen all season long for the Reds and it continued last night. He’s getting into some pretty special territory as far as consecutive saves go, as he’s now over 1/3 of the way to Eric Gagne’s record saves streak.