CINCINNATI (AP) Carlos Martinezs changeup was too much for the reeling Reds.
The St. Louis right-hander struck out a season-high 11 in seven shutout innings and Harrison Baders two-run home run helped the Cardinals complete their first four-game sweep in Cincinnati since 1949 with a 3-2 win on Sunday.
After waiting through a rain delay of 2 hours, 36 minutes, Martinez allowed two hits and four walks while helping send the Reds to their eighth consecutive loss, one short of matching their longest losing streak of last season.
I just told myself to stay calm and not worry about it, said Martinez (2-1), who described his changeup as nasty and said he could move it to both sides of the plate.
He was great, St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said. He had electric stuff. He had great execution when he needed it. He was smooth and had a good plan.
The Reds scored 10 runs in the series while being swept in four games at home by St. Louis for the first time since July 8-10, 1949.
The Reds havent enjoyed a lead in 32 innings, going back to the fourth inning on Thursday. They are 2-13 overall this season for the first time since the 1931 Reds won two of their first 19 games.
Bud Norris allowed Adam Duvalls ninth-inning leadoff homer and the Reds got a runner to second with nobody out. Norris struck out Alex Blandino and Phillip Ervin and got Billy Hamilton to line out to clinch his third save.
The Cardinals have won five of their past six games.
The Cardinals swept the Reds in a four-game series in St. Louis on Aug. 13-16, 2001.
Bader drove Homer Baileys 1-0 pitch into the right field seats for an opposite-field homer with two outs in the second inning. The opposite-field shot was his first in four big league homers. He credited the experience he gained in 32 games with St. Louis last season.
That was the biggest thing from my little stint last year, he said. They really worked the outside half of the plate to me.
The Cardinals added a run with one out in the seventh on Jose Martinezs one-out double and Yadier Molinas RBI single, his second hit of the game.
Hamilton homered off reliever Tyler Lyons in the eighth inning for his 500th hit.
Bailey (0-3) allowed four hits and three runs with four strikeouts and two walks in a season-high seven innings.
Homer was very, very good, manager Bryan Price said. He was really acute with his location. He didnt give them much, but they did get the hit, they were able to handle and score a few runs, enough to win.
The Reds have scored a total of five runs in Baileys four starts, but he was aware of his teams struggles overall.
Were 2-12, said Bailey, accidentally subtracting a loss. Thats not very good at all, regardless of my numbers. My numbers alone dont count. Its what were doing as a team, man.
A MAN ON BASE
The Cardinals first seven home runs in the series were solo shots before Baders two-run shot in the second.
Everybody in uniform on both teams wore No. 42 as part of Major League Baseballs annual Jackie Robinson Day festivities. Sunday was the 71st anniversary of Robinsons debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Cardinals: 1B Marcell Ozuna was scheduled to get Sunday off after playing every inning of St. Louis first 15 games.
Cardinals: RHP Adam Wainwright (0-2), who is 10-2 in 23 games at Wrigley Field, is scheduled to start the opener of a three-game series against the Cubs in Chicago on Monday. Tyler Chatwood (0-2).
Game time is 6:05 with the pre-game at 5:10 on KTLO-AM.
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