Burly Matt Adams, already hitting .600, smacked a two-run pinch homer in the sixth inning tonight off Cincinnati starter Bronson Arroyo and the Cardinals them made it a four-run inning en route to a 5-1 win, their first at Susch Stadium this season.

After the bullpen destructed in Monday’s 13-4 loss to the Reds, Edward Mujica, Trevor Rosenthal and Mitchell Boggs each worked a scoreless inning tonight. The trio preserved a well-deserved win by righthander Lance Lynn, who was trailing, 1-0, before Adams, now seven for 11, batted for him and drilled a pitch 403 feet into the Cardinals’ bullpen.

Lynn, 1-0, fanned 10 through six innings and allowed just four hits and one run.

Daniel Descalso’s double to open the sixth off Arroyo broke up the veteran righthander’s perfect game and the Cardinals added on after Adams’ homer.

Jon Jay and Matt Carpenter singled, Matt Holliday was walked intentionally, Allen Craig drove in a run with a groundout and Carlos Beltran another with a single.

The Cardinals touched Manny Parra for a run in the eighth on a single by Carpenter, Holliday’s double and a wild pitch.

The three-game series will conclude on Wednesday afternoon, weather permitting, with a 12:45 game.


Matt Adams gave the Cardinals their first lead in the sixth inning tonight when, as a pinch hitter, he bashed a two-run homer 403 feet into the Cardinals’ bullpen.

Adams, who hit his first homer of the season and third of his career, followed home Daniel Descalso, who had led off the sixth with a double, breaking up Cincinnati starter Bronson Arroyo’s perfect game.

In two starts, plus a pinch-hitting appearance, Adams is seven for 11 with four runs batted in. Adams was hitting for Cardinals starter Lance Lynn, who struck out 10 and allowed just four hits in six innings.

The Cardinals tacked on two more runs in the inning.

Jon Jay and Matt Carpenter singled, with Jay going to third and Carpenter to second as right fielder Jay Bruce threw wide of third.

Reds manager Dusty Baker visited the mound but not take out Arroyo. He did call for an intentional walk to Matt Holliday. Allen Craig plated one run with a high bouncer to second and Carlos Beltran, four for five with six runs batted in with men in scoring position, singled home Carpenter although Reds center fielder Shin-Soo Choo gunned down Holliday at the plate.

Righthander Edward Mujica took the three-run Cardinals lead into the seventh inning and then fanned two of the three men he faced.

Trevor Rosenthal allowed a hit in the eighth but then shortstop Pete Kozma started a nifty double play after fielding Zack Cozart's hard grounder and the Cardinals still led, 4-1.