ST. LOUIS(AP) Pitching on 15 days' rest,
quickly rediscovered his groove.
The stand-in starter worked five effective innings and rookie
gave St. Louis another key hit with a two-run, go-ahead double in the sixth inning in the Cardinals' 5-2 victory over the
on Tuesday night.
''I felt great when I was out there,'' Thompson said. ''But I'm sure I'm going to be sore tomorrow.''
Stavinoha has 12 RBIs in only 45 at-bats since a mid-May callup from Triple-A Memphis for the Cardinals, who beat the Reds
for the sixth time in seven games at Busch Stadium since last season.
had two RBIs and
got his 13th save in 14 chances.
''Memphis is a nice place and all,'' Stavinoha said. ''But I like it a little better here.''
(7-4) needed 98 pitches to get through five innings with the score tied, and then recorded only one more out in the Cardinals'
helped elevate the pitch count, fouling off nine in a 14-pitch at-bat in the third before finally striking out on a full count.
''That took a lot out of him even though he struck him out,'' Reds manager
said. ''That's what you urge your guys to do, have tough at-bats even if you're out.
''That's a whole inning in one at-bat.''
, moved to second in the order for the first time this season, was 0 for 4 and is 1 for 20 in the first five games of a seven-game
Reds pitchers allowed a first-inning run for the sixth straight game. The Cardinals took the lead on Schumaker's leadoff walk,
a double by
and Pujols' run-scoring groundout and
(2-1) pitched 1 2-3 innings of relief for the win.
Thompson subbed for
, whose turn was skipped due to back spasms, and allowed two runs in five innings in his first appearance since throwing three
innings of relief May 17. Thompson, whose inactivity seemed to argue against the Cardinals' 13-man pitching staff, stayed
sharp with a pair of bullpen sessions during the layoff before becoming the team's eighth starter this season.
The Reds bunched three of their five hits off Thompson while scoring two runs in the fourth, with
each getting an RBI. Thompson escaped when he snared Arroyo's smash up the middle with the bases loaded to start an inning-ending
''I felt a little weight in the glove,'' Thompson said. ''I think we would have turned it anyway up the middle but it was
nice to just get it done.''
Pujols' two-out RBI double tied it in the fifth. Stavinoha, who had entered in a double switch in the top of the sixth, put
the Cardinals ahead in the bottom half to chase Arroyo and then scored when
threw two wild pitches for a 5-2 lead.
Arroyo said he made the pitch where he wanted, down and in.
''That was basically the game,'' Arroyo said. ''I couldn't believe he hit it that far. I've never seen him before.''
Stavinoha's drive sailed over the head of center fielder
, slowed by a tight right hamstring that forced him out of the lineup the three previous games. Baker said a healthy Taveras
would have made the catch and said he'd start
in center on Wednesday.
''I thought (Taveras) was in a little better shape leg-wise than that,'' Baker said. ''He can't get to that gear that he has.''
Notes: Ten of Rasmus' last 13 hits have been for extra bases. ... Pujols drew his major league-leading 17th intentional walk
with two outs and a runner on second in the third. No other player is in double figures. ... Reds catcher
stole his first base since May 6, 2007 in the fourth. It was only the 14th steal attempt all season off Cardinals C
, who has thrown out five runners. ...
doubled in the eighth for his second hit in 18 at-bats since coming off the 15-day DL from a bruised shoulder. ... The Cardinals
are 18-7 in Thompson's 25 career starts.