St. Louis (70-64) at Cincinnati (59-75)

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  • Game info: 7:10 pm EDT Sat Aug 30, 2003
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The St. Louis Cardinals will try to end their struggles against the Cincinnati Reds and remain in first place in the NL Central when they continue their weekend series at Great American Ball Park.

With Friday’s 8-5 loss, the Cardinals fell to 3-8 against the Reds this season. It was only the second loss in six games for St. Louis, but the Cardinals remained winless in five trips to the Reds’ new ballpark.

St. Louis remained tied atop the division with Houston, which also lost Friday.

Scott Rolen hit a two-run homer and finished with three RBIs, while Edgar Renteria had two RBIs and Albert Pujols was 2-for-5 for the Cardinals.

“We played a hard game, but not a perfect game,” St. Louis manager Tony La Russa said.

The Cardinals will start Brett Tomko, who has won five of his last seven decisions, on Saturday.

However, the right-hander is 0-2 with a 7.11 ERA in four career starts against the Reds. The Cardinals have lost both of Tomko’s starts against Cincinnati this season, but the seventh-year pitcher did not figure in either decision.

In getting homers from Russell Branyan and D’Angelo Jimenez on Friday, the Reds snapped their five-game losing streak.

The Reds own a winning record against just one division opponent, the Cardinals.

STANDINGS: Cardinals - 1st place (tied), NL Central. Reds - 5th place, 11 GB, NL Central.

CARDINALS PROBABLE STARTER: Tomko (10-8, 5.48 ERA). Tomko has allowed three runs or fewer in five of his last seven starts. The veteran right-hander tossed 6 1-3 innings of five-hit ball in a 3-0 home victory over Philadelphia on Sunday. Though eight of his 10 wins have come on the road, Tomko hasn’t pitched well away from Busch Stadium. He has a 7.79 ERA on the road, compared to 3.04 at home.

REDS PROBABLE STARTER: Aaron Harang (3-1, 4.13 ERA). Harang allowed six runs and eight hits over five innings in a 10-6 home loss to Milwaukee on Monday. The 25-year-old right-hander was 3-0 with a 2.37 ERA in his first three starts with Cincinnati following his trade from Oakland on July 30. The second-year right-hander has never faced the Cardinals.

OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Cardinals - Pujols, .365 avg., 35 HRs, 109 RBIs and 112 runs; Renteria, 26 SBs. Reds - Sean Casey, .288 avg. and 66 RBIs; Adam Dunn, 27 HRs, 70 runs and 8 SBs.

SEASON SERIES: Reds, 8-3.

STREAKS AND NOTES: Cardinals - RHP Tomko is tied with Milwaukee LHP Wayne Franklin and Anaheim LHP Jarrod Washburn for the most homers allowed in the majors (31). … 2B Fernando Vina, who tore a tendon connected to his right hamstring while trying to beat out a grounder on May 25 and had surgery five days later, most likely will be activated Saturday. … The Cardinals also expect to activate RHP Russ Springer from the DL this weekend. Springer has been sidelined since May 1 because of a sprained elbow. Reds - 2B Jimenez is 7-for-14 over his last three games. … The Reds were 8-11 against St. Louis last season, including 4-5 at home. … Prior to Friday’s win, the Reds had scored three runs or fewer in 18 of 23 games.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Cardinals - 30-36 on the road; Reds - 31-38 at home.

INJURIES: Cardinals - C Joe Girardi (back), 15-day DL; C Steve Torrealba (elbow), 15-day DL; 2B Vina (hamstring), 15-day DL; RF J.D. Drew (oblique), 15-day DL; OF Eli Marrero (ankle), 15-day DL; RHP Jimmy Journell (shoulder), 15-day DL; LHP Lance Painter (calf), 15-day DL; RHP Springer (elbow), 15-day DL; RHP Kiko Calero (knee), 60-day DL; RHP Chris Carpenter (shoulder), 60-day DL; RHP Gene Stechschulte (shoulder), 60-day DL. Reds - SS Barry Larkin (finger), 15-day DL; INF Brandon Larson (shoulder), 15-day DL; OF Dunn (thumb), 15-day DL; RHP Jose Acevedo (ankle), 15-day DL; RHP Ryan Dempster (elbow), 15-day DL; RHP Jimmy Haynes (back), 15-day DL; LHP Mark Watson (kidney), 15-day DL; RHP Luke Prokopec (elbow), 60-day DL; OF Ken Griffey Jr. (ankle), 60-day DL; OF Austin Kearns (shoulder), 60-day DL; OF Reggie Taylor (shoulder), 60-day DL.

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Starting Pitchers

B. Tomko Cin vs. A. Harang Atl
13-9 Record 5-6
5.28 ERA 5.31
114 K 42
57 BB 19
1.52 WHIP 1.41