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Cardinals beat Reds, 7-6, to take 2 of 3 in series

Cards First Baseman Shoves Fan Over Foul Ball



CINCINNATI (AP) -- The St. Louis Cardinals overcame another long delay and Todd Frazier's two homers on Thursday, holding on to beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-6 and take two of three in their season-opening series.

The first pitch was delayed 3 hours, 42 minutes because of rain. The Cardinals then emerged from their two-game hitting slump by knocking Homer Bailey (0-1) out of the game in the fifth inning. Jhonny Peralta homered to get it going.

St. Louis pulled away with three runs in the seventh, when Matt Holliday's single off the outfield wall was upheld by the first video review of the series.

Lance Lynn (1-0) gave up Jay Bruce's two-run homer and Frazier's solo shot during five innings. Frazier added a three-run homer in the seventh that cut it to 7-6. Trevor Rosenthal got the last four outs for his second save.

The series involved nearly as much waiting as playing.

There was a 2-hour, 40-minute delay before Wednesday's game, a 1-0 victory by Cincinnati. Along with the delay on Thursday, the teams wound up waiting 6 hours, 22 minutes to play during the two days.

As Thursday's delay stretched on, Reds reliever Sam LeCure tweeted: "Uncle."

The starters had a rough time after the delay.

Lynn beat the Reds three times last season, but couldn't get a 1-2-3 inning on Thursday. Bruce and Frazier hit back-to-back homers in the first for a 3-0 lead. Even Bailey had a single off Lynn, who gave up eight hits while throwing 107 pitches.

Peralta hit a two-run homer in the second off Bailey, and the Cardinals tied it with a breakthrough hit in the fourth. Matt Adams doubled and came around on Jon Jay's double, the Cardinals' first hit with a runner in scoring position this season. They had been 0 for 17.

Jay's hit also extended his hitting streak to 15 games, including the end of last season.

Holliday's first hit of the season, an RBI double, put the Cardinals up 4-3 in the fifth. Bailey lasted only 4 1-3 innings, giving up seven hits, three walks and four runs.

The Cardinals added three in the seventh, when they loaded the bases on a pair of walks and Holliday's single off the top of the wall. The ball went over Billy Hamilton's glove and deflected to Bruce, who caught the ball. The umpires ruled it a hit off the top of the wall, and a 2-minute, 8-second review initiated by the umps upheld the call.

Allen Craig and Yadier Molina followed with RBI singles as St. Louis pulled ahead 7-3.

NOTES: The game ended 7 hours, 23 minutes after it was originally scheduled to start. ... Shelby Miller starts for the Cardinals in Pittsburgh on Friday against Gerrit Cole. Mike Leake goes for the Reds in New York against the Mets' Jenrry Mejia. ... Adams had a single and a pair of doubles. He dived into the stands trying to catch a foul ball, and pushed a fan who reached up to catch the ball before he could get it. ... It was Frazier's fourth career multihomer game. ... Hamilton walked in the eighth inning, reaching base for the first time this season. He is 0 for 12 with six strikeouts.

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cleardoritos April 04 2014 at 2:55 PM

Those 3 ounks think they're tough, especially the woman, knowing she's inferior. Why don't they try and take on him those lousy fat punks. That's why he's successful while those 3 chunk down on beer and watch them. Pathetic losers.

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tmlbtb April 04 2014 at 9:40 AM

Tjhey need to serve more beer at baseball games and football games and golf tournaments......it's good PR.

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qmcsm004 April 05 2014 at 5:59 AM

The player should have punched him in the mouth for interferring with the play.

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playbackjack April 04 2014 at 7:01 PM

Yes the fan and the player both have a right to the ball. But whats funny is the fan gives the player the bird, after a very soft push, like hes some kinda badass. And then his punk friend does it. Fully knowing that the player can not come after them. Yeah, real tough guys here. These are the kinda guys that would sucker punch you. Cowards!

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paducahcol playbackjack April 04 2014 at 8:10 PM

Too bad it wasn't Ty Cobb going after the ball ........

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frankc354 April 04 2014 at 6:28 AM

of course they got us to read it ........it's called W W E writing at its best !!

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cdquest April 04 2014 at 1:17 PM

It was a love tap...Get over it!

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kipiccolo cdquest April 04 2014 at 2:29 PM

So what if the fan tapped Adams back? The fan outplayed a MLB player, its a hard thing to do.

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belldn3 April 04 2014 at 7:27 PM

Ouch!

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teebeebad63 April 04 2014 at 4:50 AM

Sports has turned into a gang type recreation, unfortunately.
Sadly my son will never attend a good old fashioned baseball or football game like my father and I did. If your not done in by the ticket price to get in to see the game you may be done in in the parking lot if the right or wrong team wins!

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Taxi Talk April 04 2014 at 4:07 AM

Cool !! A great baseball moment !!

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mrheh April 04 2014 at 7:04 AM

This seems to happen all the time if you want to avoid the controvesy maybe it's time to start making a gap between the fans and the players. Lets put up fences with about a 6 foot space between the fan area and the playing field so there is no chance for fan inteferrence.

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runswthscisors40 mrheh April 04 2014 at 7:09 AM

Um, the only interference on this play, was the player interfering with the fan, by pushing him with his glove........read the rules of baseball before you want to put up a "cage match" type of atmosphere at the old ball park............

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CapturetoEnslave mrheh April 04 2014 at 7:50 AM

Yes.. Let's cage the idiots? Better idea.. Let's play ball

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