St. Louis Cardinals Suffer 11-0 Blowout at Cincinnati Thursday
The St. Louis Cardinals hoped their come-from behind win on Wednesday over the Chicago Cubs would get them back on track.
Instead, they followed with their most one-sided defeat this season.
Todd Frazier and Brandon Phillips both homered and drove in three runs as the last-place Cincinnati Reds beat the NL Central-leading Cardinals 11-0 Thursday night.
St. Louis opened its longest trip this season - 10 games in 11 days - with its fourth loss in five games, including a 9-0 defeat to the Cubs on Monday.
Reds star Joey Votto doubled and singled, driving in a run and scoring one, a day after his tantrum at home plate following an ejection.
Jaime Garcia (8-5) lasted a season-low 4 1-3 innings and gave up six runs. He had been 5-0 in seven starts since losing to the Reds on July 28.
''Definitely not a good one,'' Garcia said. ''There are no excuses. I've got to do a better job the next time.''
John Lamb (1-3), one of three left-handers acquired from Kansas City for Johnny Cueto in late July, shook off control problems for his first major league win. He walked six, struck out six and gave up three hits in five innings.
''It was a crazy game,'' Lamb said.
Four relievers combined to complete St. Louis's 12th shutout loss this year, matching last season's total.
The Reds scored their first two runs on groundouts. Lamb got his first career RBI in the second and Phillips made it 2-0 in the third.
Cincinnati chased Garcia in a four-run fifth that included RBI doubles by Votto and Frazier. Phillips and Bruce each had a sacrifice fly.
Votto's double into the left field corner came on a 3-2 pitch after he fell behind 0-2 and was sent sprawling by a high-and-tight fastball.
''He's locked in right now,'' manager Mike Matheny said of Votto. ''That kind of changed the game a little bit.''
Phillips hit 12th homer, a leadoff shot in a three-run seventh. Right fielder Jason Heyward almost made a leaping catch, but he couldn't keep the ball in his glove.
Frazier added his 32nd homer, a two-run line drive in the eighth.
''It's a great feeling, but you have to stay on an even keel,'' Frazier said.