ST. LOUIS -- Cincinnati second baseman Brandon Phillips exploded at a reporter in the visiting clubhouse before Wednesday's game.
Then Phillips and his Reds' teammates proceeded to blow up the night for ace pitcher Adam Wainwright and the St. Louis Cardinals.
Scoring nine runs before Wainwright got an out in the second inning, the Reds cruised to a 10-0 win and salvaged the final game of a three-game series.
Homer Bailey (9-10) worked 7 1/3 scoreless innings for his first win in six career decisions at Busch Stadium, allowing just five hits, walking two and fanning seven. Bailey was 0-5 with a 6.90 ERA in St. Louis entering the game.
Wainwright (15-8) lasted just two innings in the shortest start of his career, allowing nine runs to tie a career high. He was coming off a complete-game 3-1 win Friday night over Atlanta.
The Cardinals (78-55) saw their National League Central lead drop to a half-game over Pittsburgh, which beat Milwaukee 7-1, and 3 1/2 games over third-placed Cincinnati.
Before the game, Phillips cursed Cincinnati Enquirer beat writer C. Trent Rosecrans for commenting about his .310 on-base percentage. Reds manager Dusty Baker moved Phillips from the cleanup spot to the No. 2 slot for the first time since Opening Day. Rosecrans tweeted that Phillips should hit somewhere other than second.
Cincinnati wasted no time taking control of this one, sending 10 men to the plate in the top of the first inning and scoring six runs. Jay Bruce stroked a two-run single with the bases loaded, followed by Ryan Ludwick's RBI double off the base of the left field wall.
After Todd Frazier's bouncer to second scored Bruce for a 4-0 lead, Ludwick trotted home on a wild pitch. Bailey capped the rally with a two-out RBI single to center on the 10th pitch of his at-bat.
Bruce made it 9-0 in the second with his 26th homer, a three-run blast over the wall in right-center that traveled an estimated 438 feet.
Bailey had no trouble making the lead stick, allowing just three hits over the first five innings and striking out five.
NOTES: St. Louis recalled RHP Michael Blazek from Triple-A Memphis on Wednesday and optioned RHP Carlos Martinez to the Redbirds. Martinez picked up his first major league win Monday night against Cincinnati with two innings of relief, and will likely return to the Cardinals in September when rosters expand to 40 players. ... The Reds get a day off Thursday after 20 straight days with games, the maximum allowed by MLB rules. They open a weekend series Friday night in Colorado. ... St. Louis' Joe Kelly became the 11th pitcher in franchise history to go 5-0 or better in August with his fifth win of the month Tuesday. He's the first to do it since Chris Carpenter went 5-0 in 2009.