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St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Carpenter is tagged out by Cincinnati Reds first baseman Brayan Pena as he grounds into an inning-ending double play during the ninth inning on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. (Chris Lee/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/MCT)

Rosenthal blows another save, but Cardinals escape with 6-5 win against Reds

ST. LOUIS -- Unable to hold a lead in the ninth inning, the Cardinals scored in the 10th to defeat the Cincinnati Reds 6-5 at Busch Stadium on Monday.

Outfielder Matt Holliday started the decisive rally with a one-out single against Reds reliever Logan Ondrusek. Matt Adams followed with his third hit of the night, a single that sent Holliday to third.

Jhonny Peralta then hammered a 2-2 pitch over the head of left fielder Ryan Ludwick to bring Holliday home with the winning run. It was Peralta's second run batted in of the night.

Lefthander Nick Greenwood (2-1) got the win with a scoreless 10th. The Cardinals took a 5-4 lead into the ninth but struggling closer Trevor Rosenthal could not make it stick.

The victory was the fifth in six games for the surging Cardinals. Struggling with offense most of the season, the Redbirds have now scored four or more runs in six consecutive games. They had 13 hits against the Reds on Monday.

Trevor Rosenthal inherited a 5-4 lead to finish in the top of the ninth. But with one out, the Cardinals closer walked Reds speedster Billy Hamilton. The base-stealing whiz swiped second, then went to third on an errant throw by A.J. Pierzynski.

Jay Bruce then pulled a Rosenthal pitch past first base for a double, as Hamilton scored easily to tie the score 5-5. The blow gave Bruce four runs batted in on the evening. He rocked Cardinals starter Justin Masterson for a three-run homer in the fifth to give the Reds a 4-3 lead.

The Reds rally denied Rosenthal a 37th save and took the air out of a clutch hit by Pierzynski in the eighth. The Cardinals catcher stroked a two-out single to chase home Peralta and crack a 4-4 tie. Peralta set the eighth-inning table against Reds reliever Jumbo Diaz by pounding two-out a double to the wall in left-center field.

Pierzynski followed by lining the first Diaz pitch he saw into center field. Reds center fielder Hamilton double-pumped before throwing home too late to get Peralta.

The Cardinals' once-anemic offense has produced four or more runs in six consecutive games.

Reliever Seth Maness came on to work out of a bases-loaded jam in the top of the eighth and take position for a victory. But after struggling on Sunday, Rosenthal couldn't hold the lead.

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