St. Louis Cardinals center fielder Jon Jay (19) celebrates with relief pitcher Jason Motte (30) after defeating the Cincinnati Reds at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-US PRESSWIRE
(The Chirp) -- RHP Jason Motte, the fourth Cardinals reliever to have 40 saves, recorded his 41st of the season with a perfect, two-strikeout ninth inning. But Motte, who got the last out of the 2011 World Series, was more interested in team goals. "We're one step closer (to the playoffs)," he said.
2B Daniel Descalso, though hitting in the .220s, stroked his club-leading seventh triple to drive in C Yadier Molina from first in the sixth inning. "I think I can run a little bit," said Descalso. "When I hit a ball in the gap, I'm thinking 'triple' 'til they tell me to stop."
LHP Jaime Garcia is 3-0 with a 2.10 earned run in his last four starts. Garcia allowed just two runs over 6 2/3 innings on Monday, and manager Mike Matheny said, "He looked good right from the beginning. When you see Yadi (catcher Yadier Molina) have trouble catching him, you know the ball is moving all over the place."
3B David Freese, making his second straight start after missing nearly a week with a right ankle sprain, had his first hit since returning but also committed a throwing error.
RHP Mitchell Boggs, the eighth-inning man, completed his eighth consecutive scoreless appearance. Boggs, a veteran of last year's World Series run, said, "You play all season for the opportunity to extend your season."
BY THE NUMBERS: .406 -- 1B Allen Craig's batting average with men in scoring position after a run-scoring double in the third inning.