Different forms of clutch hitting have determined the winner in each game between the Cincinnati Reds and St. Louis Cardinals.
With Mike Leake and Lance Lynn pitching, that will likely be the case again Sunday when the NL Central rivals conclude their series.
St. Louis (64-45) was the first to find its hitting stroke as the two squads chase Pittsburgh in the Central, going 5 for 8 with runners in scoring position Friday in a 13-3 romp. Despite going 1 for 11 in such situations Saturday, the Reds scored their first five runs with two out en route to an 8-3 win, breaking out of an offensive funk in which they scored 12 runs their previous seven games.
Jack Hannahan's two-run single in the first erased an early deficit before Devin Mesoraco added the first of his two home runs -- a two-run shot in the fourth -- to back Tony Cingrani's solid effort.
"The hit of the game was the two-out hit by Jack Hannahan," manager Dusty Baker said. "It was nice to see some of the guys swinging tha...