1B Joey Votto (strained left quadriceps) took batting practice and ran the bases before games over the weekend, but it is unlikely that he will return to action in the last week of the season. Votto has missed 94 games this year, including every game since July 8, when he went on the DL for the second time this year. Votto is hitting .255-6-23, although his on-base percentage is a robust .390 as he has 47 walks in 272 plate appearances.

RHP Alfredo Simon added to his career-high win total Sunday night, bagging his 15th while working through a calf cramp that hit him in the fifth inning. Simon scattered seven hits and two runs in six innings, walking two and fanning three. Simon had a 17-inning scoreless streak snapped in the fifth, but he was still good enough to beat St. Louis for the second time this month.

RF Jay Bruce belted solo homers in the fourth and sixth innings, the 15th time in his career that he enjoyed a multi-homer game. Bruce also knocked in a run in the sixth with an opposite-field single, and he could have had a fourth hit if Cardinals 1B Xavier Scruggs hadn't robbed him with a full-length dive in the second inning.

C Devin Mesoraco (stomach flu) was back in the lineup Sunday night, going 1-for-4 with a game-breaking three-run homer in the eighth. Mesoraco left Saturday night's game before the bottom of the sixth inning after doubling and scoring on a sacrifice fly in the top of the inning. His 23 homers as a catcher are the most for a Cincinnati backstop since Johnny Bench clouted 23 in 1980. Mesoraco has 24 homers overall this year.

RHP Johnny Cueto (18-9) has two starts remaining this season, and he will try for win No. 19 Tuesday night when he faces Milwaukee at Great American Ball Park. Cueto is coming off a rough start Sept. 16, when he lost 7-0 against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. He gave up six runs on five hits and five walks over 5 2/3 innings. Cueto is 6-3 with a 3.22 ERA in 15 career starts against the Brewers, winning both of his outings this year.

RHP Mat Latos, who missed his past two scheduled starts due to a bone bruise in his right elbow, was shut down for the season Sunday. In 15 starts this year, Latos went 5-5 with a 5.25 ERA. RHP Daniel Corcino will start again in Latos' place Wednesday against the Brewers.