As he watched Reds pitcher
round the bases on his two-out, pinch-hit homer in the ninth, the previously perfect St. Louis closer was reminded that there's
no margin for error at Great American Ball Park.
''That's an out anywhere else,'' Franklin said of the solo homer that barely cleared the left-field wall. ''That's what happens.''
All sorts of things happened on a very long day in Cincinnati.
The Reds hit five homers, including two solo shots in the ninth off Franklin (1-0) to tie it, but
' double in the 10th inning sent St. Louis to an 8-7 victory Sunday that salvaged the final game of the series and left everyone
agog over what had just happened.
''That was a blast,'' said
, who hit one of the Reds' five homers.
It was dramatic right down to the 401st and final pitch -
fouled out with the bases loaded to end it after 4 hours, 23 minutes.
''What a game,'' Cardinals manager
Tony La Russa
said. ''Good luck asking me questions because I don't remember much of anything except a 1-2 slider that Janish popped up.
I can't think of anything else that happened, really.''
Everyone was a bit numb.
Coming into the series, St. Louis' staff had given up only 11 homers, the fewest in the majors. The Reds hit seven in the
last two games, including those two in the ninth that got the crowd of 27,664 revved.
Hairston led off with a full-count homer. Owings, the Reds' fifth starter and one of their top pinch hitters, came to the
plate with two outs, worked the count full, fouled off three pitches, then hit a slider for his first homer.
Owings raised his right arm in triumph as he rounded second base on his sixth career homer. He was pummeled in the dugout
by teammates and took a curtain call for the fans.
''That's like what you do in the backyard - 3-2, bottom of the ninth,'' Bruce said. ''We were jumping around in the dugout.
It was awesome.''
Franklin hadn't allowed a run all season and had given up only four hits in his previous 13 2-3 innings.
''I had a good run there,'' he said. ''I made two mistakes, pretty much.''
Rasmus quickly changed the mood with his RBI double off
(0-2), who is perfect in nine save chances but has lost twice when pitching with the score tied.
Over? Not even close.
Cincinnati loaded the bases with two outs in the 10th against
came on and got Janish to foul out, picking up his first save in two chances this season.
For the first time all weekend, the Cardinals could smile.
''That was really important,'' said
, who drove in three runs. ''We didn't want to get swept.''
also homered for the Reds, who had won three in a row for their best record in three years. Votto was out of the starting
lineup for the fourth straight game because of the flu, but had a pinch-hit homer off
The Cardinals ended
's scoreless-inning streak at 16 - he let in a run in the first with his errant throw - and scored seven times off the right-hander.
had a pair of doubles and scored twice for the Cardinals, and Duncan drove in three runs with a double and a single.
' solo homer off Volquez snapped his 0-for-11 drought. Pujols' 12th homer was his only hit during the three-game series.
Notes: It was Pujols' 14th career homer at Great American, trailing only
's 20 for the most by a visiting player. ... Reds SS
missed his sixth game with pulled side muscles. The Reds will likely make a decision in the next couple days about whether
to put him on the DL. He resumed baseball activities over the weekend. ... Bruce and
extended their hitting streaks to 11 games.