Cardinals edge reel­ing Reds to fin­ish a four-game sweep

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CINCIN­NATI — Car­los Martinez’s changeup was too much for the reel­ing Reds.

The St. Louis right-han­der struck out a sea­son-high 11 in seven shutout in­nings and Harrison Bader’s two-run home run helped the Cardinals com­plete their first four-game sweep in Cincin­nati since 1949 with a 3-2 win on Sun­day.

Af­ter wait­ing through a rain de­lay of 2 hours, 36 min­utes, Martinez al­lowed two hits and four walks while help­ing send the Reds to their eighth con­sec­u­tive loss, one short of match­ing their long­est los­ing streak of last sea­son.

“I just told my­self to stay calm and not worry about it,” said Martinez (2-1), who de­scribed his changeup as “nasty” and said he could move it to both sides of the plate.

“He was great,” St. Louis man­ager Mike Ma­theny said. “He had elec­tric stuff. He had great ex­e­cu­tion when he needed it. He was smooth and had a good plan.”

The Reds scored 10 runs in the se­ries while be­ing swept in four games at home by St. Louis for the first time since July 8-10, 1949.

The Reds haven’t en­joyed a lead in 32 in­nings, go­ing back to the fourth in­ning on Thurs­day. They are 2-13 over­all this sea­son for the first time since the 1931 Reds won two of their first 19 games.

Bud Nor­ris al­lowed Adam Du­vall’s ninthin­ning lead­off homer and the Reds got a run­ner to se­cond with no­body out. Nor­ris struck out Alex Blandino and Phillip Ervin and got Billy Hamil­ton to line out to clinch his third save.

The Cardinals have won five of their past six games.

The Cardinals swept the Reds in a fourgame se­ries in St. Louis on Aug. 13-16, 2001.

Bader drove Homer Bai­ley’s 1-0 pitch into the right field seats for an op­po­site-field homer with two outs in the se­cond in­ning. The op­po­site-field shot was his first in four big league homers. He cred­ited the ex­pe­ri­ence he gained in 32 games with St. Louis last sea­son.

“That was the big­gest thing from my lit­tle stint last year,” he said. “They re­ally worked the out­side half of the plate to me.”

The Cardinals added a run with one out in the sev­enth on Jose Martinez’s one-out dou­ble and Yadier Molina’s RBI sin­gle, his se­cond hit of the game.

Hamil­ton home­red off re­liever Tyler Lyons in the eighth in­ning for his 500th hit.

Bai­ley (0-3) al­lowed four hits and three runs with four strike­outs and two walks in a sea­son-high seven in­nings.

“Homer was very, very good,” man­ager Bryan Price said. “He was re­ally acute with his lo­ca­tion. He didn’t give them much, but they did get the hit, they were able to han­dle and score a few runs, enough to win.”

The Reds have scored a total of five runs in Bai­ley’s four starts, but he was aware of his team’s strug­gles over­all.

“We’re 2-12,” said Bai­ley, ac­ci­den­tally sub­tract­ing a loss. “That’s not very good at all, re­gard­less of my num­bers. My num­bers alone don’t count. It’s what we’re do­ing as a team, man.”

By Gary Lan­ders, AP) (Photo

St. Louis Cardinals’ Jose Martinez, right, slaps hands with Greg Garcia af­ter scor­ing on a hit by Yadier Molina dur­ing the sev­enth in­ning of Sun­day’s game in Cincin­nati.

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