The Reds’ pitching has fallen apart in the last week, allowing 44 runs during their current skid.
Cincinnati looked poised to end its streak on Sunday, jumping out to a 5-1 lead over Pittsburgh before the Pirates rallied for a 6-5 win. Sean Casey homered and drove in four runs, and Wily Mo Pena also hit a home run for the Reds.
“We can’t keep giving up leads day in and day out,” Cincinnati catcher Jason LaRue said. “We have to keep getting more runs. Just because we’re up four or five runs, it’s not over. The game is nine innings.”
The Cardinals have won 16 of their last 20, salvaging the finale of their three-game series against San Francisco on Sunday with a 6-0 win.
“If we’re lucky, we might see them in the playoffs,” Giants manager Felipe Alou said. “That club there, that will make the playoffs.”
Matt Morris pitched a seven-hitter as he bounced back from his worst start of the season, when he lasted 1 2-3 innings and gave up seven runs in the Cardinals’ 11-8 comeback victory over the Cubs on Tuesday.
“When you get in there once in a while, you can try to do too much,” Cedeno said. “I just tried to play like I’ve been playing every day.”