Lamb chops down folding Cards in big win for Reds

Fri Sep 11, 2015 12:14am EDT
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(The Sports Xchange) - Home runs by Brandon Phillips and Todd Frazier helped rookie left-hander John Lamb earn his first career victory as the Cincinnati Reds thrashed the St Louis Cardinals 11-0 on Thursday in the opener of a four-game series.

"This was another one that we obviously didn't like a whole lot," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny told reporters after the National League Central leaders lost for the fifth time in six games. "It certainly wasn't pretty."

Phillips' blast in the seventh epitomized the evening for the Cardinals with the ball bouncing off right fielder Jason Heyward's glove, then over the wall for the batter's 12th home run of the season.

Later that inning, former Cardinal Skip Schumaker drove in two runs with a pinch-hit double to center that made the score 9-0.

Frazier went 3-for-5 with a double, three runs and three RBIs. He hit his 32nd homer, a two-run blast in the eighth.

Lamb (1-3) threw five scoreless innings during his sixth career start since being acquired from the Kansas City Royals in the Johnny Cueto trade.

"Lamb pitched a lot better games and hasn't gotten a win," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "It wasn't pretty. He battled but found a way to throw five shutout innings. It was impressive in an ugly way."

The loss snapped a five-game winning streak for Cardinals lefty Jaime Garcia (8-5). He had not lost since July 28, also against Cincinnati.

"This was atypical for him," Matheny said of Garcia, who allowed six runs in 4 1/3 innings.   Continued...

Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher John Lamb throws against the St. Louis Cardinals in the second inning at Great American Ball Park.  David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports