August 5, 2015

Cards nipped in road opener in Cincy

CINCINNATI--St. Louis Cardinals' starter John Lackey got roughed up a bit in the bottom of the first inning at Great American Ballpark Tuesday, the Cards edged by the Cincinnati Reds, 3-2.

Lackey gave up three earned runs, two of which the Redbirds answered in the third inning when Matt Carpenter hit a two-run homer.

Carps' blast would end the scoring for the game.

Lackey, now 9-7, settled down after the first, giving the Cards six full innings of work and reasonable chance to make a comeback.

Reds' starter Anthony DeSclafani evened his record at 7-7 with the win, also going six complete, striking out nine (career high).

Aroldis Chapman notched another save, his 23rd.

St. Louis falls to 67-39, showing a .632 winning percentage, the best in the majors. Kansas City is the only other MLB team in the 600s, at .600.

The Cardinals are 5.5 games ahead of Pittsburgh in the National League Central.