Martinez, Cards top Reds

St. Louis, MO ( – Carlos Martinez tossed six solid innings
of one-run ball and the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Cincinnati Reds 5-2
in the middle test of a three-game set.

Martinez (1-0) scattered three hits and walked two while striking out four for
the Cardinals, who have won six of their last seven games. Jason Heyward
smacked a solo homer in the triumph.

Trevor Rosenthal blanked the Reds in the ninth to record his fourth save of
the season.

Homer Bailey’s (0-1) 2015 debut didn’t go as planned for the Reds. The
flamethrower allowed five runs on nine hits and three walks over 5 2/3 frames.
Bailey opened up the season on the disabled list after undergoing surgery back
in September to repair the flexor mass tendon in his right elbow.

Cincy has dropped six of its last seven contests.

The Cardinals plated a run in the first, third and fourth innings to race out
to a comfortable lead.

Matt Holliday hit a two-out double in the first and scored on a Matt Adams
single through the hole on the right side.

Heyward cracked his solo shot into the seats in right-center with two outs in
the third and Yadier Molina’s one-out double in the fourth made it 3-0.

Cincinnati answered back in the fifth on Zack Cozart’s leadoff blast to left,
but the Cardinals pushed across two more runs in the sixth.

Molina and Jon Jay began the sixth with base hits and Matt Carpenter brought
them both home three batters later with a two-bagger to right-center.

Brandon Phillips’ RBI base hit in the eighth cut the deficit to 5-2.

Game Notes

The Cardinals were 12-7 versus the Reds last season … Bailey went 9-5 with a
3.71 earned run average in 23 starts last season. He came into Saturday’s game
6-10 with a 4.98 ERA in 20 career meetings against the Cardinals.