St. Louis (16-8) at Cincinnati (10-15)

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  • Game info: 7:10 pm EDT Tue May 3, 2005
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The Cincinnati Reds bullpen looks to bounce back from a horrible late-game collapse as they continue their three-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Great American Ball Park.

The Reds have lost five in a row thanks partly to a pitching staff that is struggling to keep the ball in the ballpark. Cincinnati pitchers have given up 39 homers in 25 games, most in the NL. Last year, they gave up 236, three shy of the NL record.

Jim Edmonds hit a three-run homer off closer Danny Graves, and John Mabry added a two-run shot, in a seven-run ninth inning to rally the Cardinals to a 10-9 victory over the Reds on Monday.

“It’s frustrating, but what’s even more frustrating is hearing the fans boo you in your own ballpark,” Graves said. “We’re out there trying the best we can.”

Ken Griffey Jr. and Adam Dunn homered to help Cincinnati pull ahead 9-3 after eight innings. The Cardinals then sent 12 batters to the plate en route to the biggest ninth inning comeback in team history.

St. Louis’ monumental comeback is one Reds manager Dave Miley would like to forget.

“That’s what you’ve got to do, but it’s not easy to think about during the night,” Miley said, staring straight ahead as he tried to put it behind him. “It’s not easy to give a big-league game away, but we did.”

The Cardinals knocked around Reds pitching despite not having sluggers Larry Walker and Scott Rolen in the lineup.

Rolen was scratched from the lineup due to soreness in his upper back. It’s the first game the Cardinals’ All-Star third baseman has missed this year. He’s hitting .276 with three homers and 12 RBIs.

Walker was given the night off against Reds left-hander Eric Milton. Both players should be back against right-hander Aaron Harang on Tuesday. Harang is 1-3 with a 4.67 ERA in five career starts against St. Louis.

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Starting Pitchers

J. Marquis Cin vs. A. Harang Phi
13-14 Record 11-13
4.13 ERA 3.83
100 K 163
69 BB 51
1.33 WHIP 1.27