Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Cards Drop 6th in Row as Reds Win 4-3 in 14

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Cards Drop 6th in Row as Reds Win 4-3 in 14

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The Cardinals' season is ending just as it started, and you'll remember that start wasn't very good. The Cardinals lost their first six games of the season but hadn't had a losing streak that long again until Thursday night.

A 4-3 win by the Cincinnati Reds in 14 innings at Busch Stadium was the Cardinals' sixth straight defeat, and now the Cardinals will have to win two of their final three games to avoid a 90-loss season.

"We've been beaten too many times," manager Tony La Russa said. "Our confidence is not very good." La Russa pushed many buttons in this 4 hour 13 minute struggle, using 26 players, including a National League record-tying nine pinch-hitters. The 25th player, righthander Mark Petkovsek, was tagged with his seventh loss. Eddie Taubensee, after barely staying alive in fouling off four pitches on a 2-2 count, singled with one out in the 14th, and Lenny Harris scored ahead of a poor, off-line throw by left fielder Scarborough Green. Right fielder Willie McGee kept the Cardinals alive by spearing Jon Nunnally's bases-loaded liner and throwing out Bret Boone at the plate to end the 14th. McGee and Delino DeShields both singled in the Cardinals' 14th, but McGee was stopped at third by coach Rene Lachemann as Cincinnati shortstop Pokey Reese recovered DeShields' ball, which had glanced off the glove of third baseman Aaron Boone. Royce Clayton then was called out on strikes, ending the game as the Reds swept the series. Petkovsek, who won 11 games as a valuable swingman for the Cardinals last year, is one of several disappointments this year. He is 4-7 with a 5.06 ERA. "You can talk all day about what it makes you feel like," Petkovsek said. "It's a bad feeling in your boiler. "You play 14 innings and one guy can mess it up. I was the guy who threw a kink in our plans." Two hit batsmen helped enable the Cardinals to tie the game in the ninth. …

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