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STL@CIN: Berkman's solo shot puts St. Louis in front

CINCINNATI -- St. Louis managed just one run -- a solo shot by Lance Berkman -- on four hits Sunday, and Cincinnati's offense found enough late life to beat the Cardinals, 3-1, and clinch a series at Great American Ball Park, in part because of a controversial call in the sixth inning.

The Cards were stymied by Reds right-hander Homer Bailey, who earned the win after allowing one earned run on three hits in 7 1/3 innings. St. Louis only managed to get two runners in scoring position, going hitless in three tries.

Tony Cruz drew a one-out walk and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt in the fifth, but the inning ended when he was caught too far off second base and was nabbed in a rundown. In the eighth inning, Jon Jay drew a walk and Nick Punto followed with a pinch-hit single, but the inning ended when Daniel Descalso and Yadier Molina both lined out.

"He did a good job," said Berkman, whose second-inning home run was his 23rd career round tripper at the stadium, the most among visiting players. "Sometimes, you've got to tip your hat. Our guy did a great job, too."

But with a lack of run support, Jaime Garcia was saddled with a hard-luck loss. The southpaw gave up two runs (one earned) on six hits in seven innings. He struck out six and didn't issue a walk.

Prior to Sunday, Garcia was 5-0 with a 3.82 ERA in five starts against the Reds.

Trailing, 1-0, in the bottom of the sixth, with one out and Zack Cozart on first, Joey Votto hit a chopper to second baseman Skip Schumaker, who tried to get a forceout by throwing to second. Schumaker's throw was high and to the right, and second-base umpire Mike Muchlinski ruled that shortstop Ryan Theriot's right foot was off the bag, allowing both runners to reach safely.

Theriot immediately began arguing with Muchlinski and was restrained initially by first-base umpire Chris Guccione, then by Albert Pujols. Theriot, who appeared to bump chests with Muchlinski, was ejected.

He said he tried to drag his right foot across the bag, and after watching replays he felt his foot was still on the bag.

"Jaime was pitching such a good game, and I just felt really strongly that I was on the base," he said. "You can't miss that call. That's a big play in the game."

Cozart later scored after a pair of wild pitches, the latter a breaking ball that bounced to the backstop.

"I just spiked it, tried to do too much with it," Garcia said. "That's a mistake and my fault on that one. I got a little too excited with the situation."

The Reds jumped ahead in the seventh. Miguel Cairo lined a one-out triple to right-center, and Ryan Hanigan followed with an RBI single up the middle. With Cairo on third, the defense was playing in, allowing Hanigan's chopper to sneak past shortstop Daniel Descalso.

"It was big," Hanigan said. "Garcia is tough. We didn't hit him hard. He's got a great ERA. He's a great pitcher. Even the hits we got, we weren't driving the ball against him. I was trying to put the ball in play, trying to get it into the outfield. I found a hole and was fortunate."

Cozart tacked on an insurance run with his first career homer, depositing a 3-2 fastball from Lance Lynn into the left-field seats. Lynn had not allowed a run in his previous four appearances. He and Cozart were college teammates at the University of Mississippi. Comments