Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 9/4/13
Even with their recent slump, the St. Louis Cardinals still lead the National League in scoring runs - by a wide margin, too. That slump can't last very long, can it? Homer Bailey pitched the first seven innings of a two-hitter, and Billy Hamilton got his first steal in the majors and scored on Todd Frazier's double in the seventh inning Tuesday night, sending the Cincinnati Reds to a 1-0 victory. St. Louis was blanked for the third time in the last six games. All three shutouts have come against NL Central rivals Cincinnati and Pittsburgh, part of a three-team race for the playoffs. ''We've got an offense that's played a lot of games this year and done extremely well,'' manager Mike Matheny said. ''You can't start trying to reinvent the wheel. It was just a tough night.'' It turned on Hamilton's blink-of-an-eye debut, one that the Cardinals had awaited. Hamilton set a professional record by swiping 155 bases in the minors last year. He got an ovation when he made his big leag...
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