Mike Preston's report card in Week 3

Lee Smith

Cardinals rally to defeat Reds, 2-1

ST. LOUIS Lifeless for seven innings, the Cardinals awoke in the bottom of the eighth and overcame the Cincinnati Reds, 2-1, on Monday night in front of 43,902 at Busch Stadium III.

The Cardinals lost three of four in a series at Cincinnati earlier this month, one of them to left-hander John Lamb. The host team looked similarly befuddled by Lamb this time. The left-hander hurled six shutout innings, allowing five hits and striking out five.

Meanwhile, the Reds plated a first-inning run against Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia, cashing in a walk and two hits. But the lefty settled in to pitch seven strong frames, allowing no more damage, giving the Cardinals...