The right-hander will try to put behind a hard-luck defeat and help the Cardinals continue their recent home success against the Reds on Wednesday afternoon.
St. Louis (4-4) opened its three-game series against the defending NL Central champions by giving up nine runs in the ninth inning Monday in a 13-4 loss. One day later, Cardinals pitchers combined to strike out 14 and give up five hits in a 5-1 victory.
After getting charged with seven runs the previous night, Mitchell Boggs pitched a perfect ninth in that win. Boggs is helping fill in for injured closer Jason Motte , who could face reconstructive elbow surgery if his health doesn't improve in the next three weeks.
"Anybody who's gone through it knows how important it is to get back out there quick," Boggs said. "It was a big outing for me, I'm not going to dance around it. I'm not going to act like I didn't care."
After failing to get a runner on base through the first five innings, the Cardinals broke out with four runs in the sixth, and Matt Adams drove in two with a go-ahead, pinch-hit home run."It happened so quickly," Cincinnati manager Dusty Baker said. "They were like boom, bat, boom. ... That's how they can do it. That was a disaster inning."
Westbrook (0-1, 0.00 ERA) will try to follow with another stellar effort Wednesday against the Reds (5-3), who produced 40 runs and 57 hits in their four games before Tuesday's loss. He'll also seek to lead St. Louis to its 54th win in 79 home games versus Cincinnati.
In his season debut Friday, Westbrook was on the wrong end of a 1-0 defeat in San Francisco. The lone run he allowed was on a bases-loaded walk, one of his career high-tying six in the game.
"Fighting my delivery the way I was, to only give up one run is pretty good. You can't really expect to win a ballgame walking six guys. I need to do a better job," he said.
Westbrook split his two starts against the Reds last season, both in Cincinnati. He gave up one unearned run and three hits over seven innings in a 7-1 victory April 9 and allowed four runs and nine hits in 7 1-3 in a 4-2 defeat July 15.
In this matchup, he'll be opposed by Homer Bailey , who was dominant in his season debut Friday. The right-hander gave up two hits over six innings and struck out six in a 15-0 rout of Washington.
Bailey (1-0, 0.00) hasn't allowed a run in his last 19 innings in the regular season, which includes a no-hitter against Pittsburgh on Sept. 28, but might have a challenge keeping that streak going. He is 3-7 with a 5.00 ERA in 13 all-time starts against the Cardinals and is 0-3 with a 5.49 ERA in five in St. Louis.
Bailey, though, pitched four scoreless innings in a 1-0 loss at Busch Stadium on Oct. 3. Fortunately for the right-hander, Matt Holliday didn't play in that game.
The St. Louis outfielder is 11 for 25 (.440) with five extra-base hits, including two home runs, in his career versus Bailey. The 11 hits are tied for the most Bailey has given up to any player.
|April 02, 2013||Ryan Ludwick||Day-to-Day||Torn cartilage in right shoulder|
|April 02, 2013||Ryan Ludwick||15-Day DL||Torn cartilage in right shoulder|
|March 22, 2013||Nick Masset||15-Day DL||Recovery from right shoulder surgery|
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|March 24, 2013||Rafael Furcal||15-Day DL||Right elbow surgery - out for season|
|March 23, 2013||David Freese||15-Day DL||Strained lower back|
|March 23, 2013||David Freese||15-Day DL||Strained lower back|
|March 22, 2013||Jason Motte||15-Day DL||Strained right elbow|
|March 07, 2013||Rafael Furcal||Day-to-Day||Right elbow surgery - out for season|
|February 22, 2013||Chris Carpenter||60-Day DL||Nerve irritation, right shoulder|
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Jake Westbrook bounded out of the dugout for the ninth inning before manager Mike Matheny could change his mind.
The right-hander quickly finished off a five-hitter for his first shutout in more than six years, backed by four home runs in the St. Louis Cardinals' 10-0 rout over the Cincinnati Reds Wednesday.
"He was making a statement," Matheny said. "He wanted to make sure he gave the appearance he was ready to go. What a great day for him."
Westbrook (1-1) hasn't allowed an earned run in 15 2-3 innings this season, although he took the loss on an unearned run in a 1-0 setback to Barry Zito in San Francisco in his season debut. He relied heavily on a sinker against the Reds with 16 groundball outs.
"It always means a lot when you can finish what you started," Westbrook said. "The ball was in the zone and really moving a lot. I guess I know when I'm good is when I get a lot of ground balls."
The lineup made a statement, too. Jon Jay , Carlos Beltran and Matt Adams homered in a span of seven at-bats off Homer Bailey as the Cardinals took two of three from the NL Central champions after Cincinnati stunned them with a nine-run ninth in the home opener.
"It's a great point about resiliency," Matheny said. "They certainly showed a different brand the last two days."
Matt Carpenter added a two-run homer on a four-hit day. Adams homered for the second straight game and added an RBI double and walk.
The Cardinals have dominated the Reds at home the last decade, losing just three of 28 series with two splits. They outscored them 15-1 the last two games of the series and the Reds were shut out for the first time in the finale.
"I was hoping this would be different this time especially after that first night," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "The thing about it is their pitching really shut us down."
Westbrook (1-1) pitched his first shutout since Aug. 9, 2006, against the Angels when he was with Cleveland, and this was his 15th career complete game. He held the Reds hitless in six at-bats with runners in scoring position, and contributed his 11th career RBI with a single in the seventh for St. Louis' final run.
"It was a perfect storm," said Joey Votto , one of the few Reds with much success, going 2 for 3 with a walk. "He didn't surprise us because he definitely has that capability."
Bailey (1-1) had gone 23 straight shutout innings - including his no-hitter against Pittsburgh last season - before the Cardinals broke open a scoreless game with four runs with two outs in the fifth.
"Once they started seeing the ball there toward the end, they hit it," Bailey said. "After watching the film, I missed a spot to Beltran pretty big. The others hit pretty good pitches. They just got ahold of them."
Bailey was charged with seven runs in five-plus innings and dropped to 3-8 with a 5.52 ERA against the Cardinals, including 0-4 with a 6.93 ERA at Busch Stadium.
Baker pulled Bailey after Pete Kozma 's liner struck the pitcher just above his right ankle, with the ball caroming into left field. But Bailey walked off without a limp.
"I was trying to wave him off," Bailey said. "It was more because of giving up the rockets that haven't really landed yet."
The Cardinals advanced only two runners into scoring position in the first four innings and Bailey got two quick outs to start the fifth before running into trouble against the top of the lineup. St. Louis scored 10 runs on 11 hits in the fifth, sixth and seventh off Bailey, Logan Ondrusek and Alfredo Simon .
Jay's second homer just cleared center fielder Shin-Soo Choo's leaping attempt at the wall. Carpenter followed with a single and Matt Holliday hit an RBI double, prompting a visit from pitching coach Bryan Price.
Beltran then hit his first homer of the season on to make it 4-0.
Adams hit a two-run homer in the sixth off Bailey. Carpenter's two-run shot homer three batters later made it 8-0.
NOTES: Jay has 19 career homers, six of them against the Reds. ... Choo was 0 for 2 with a walk and hit by pitch to end a four-game streak of two hits each game. ... Cincinnati's Todd Frazier was 0 for 11 in the series after opening the season with a six-game RBI streak. ... The RBI was Westbrook's first since hitting a grand slam at Milwaukee on Aug. 31, 2011.