Hamilton runs Reds to 1-0 win over Cards

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Updated: September 3, 2013

Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) – The preternatural speed of Billy Hamilton
helped the Cincinnati Reds inch closer to the St. Louis Cardinals in the hotly
contested NL Central race.

Hamilton scored the only run in the Reds’ 1-0 victory that featured quite the
pitchers’ duel between Cincinnati’s Homer Bailey and St. Louis rookie Michael
Wacha.

The Reds have taken the first two installments of this four-game set at Great
American Ball Park to climb within 1 1/2 games of the Cardinals for the wild
card lead. Cincinnati, which owns a healthy 7 1/2-game cushion for the final
playoff spot, is 3 1/2 games back of Central-leading Pittsburgh.

Wacha, one of six players added to the St. Louis roster on Tuesday, gave way
to the bullpen after scattering three hits and walking two over six scoreless
innings.

Ryan Ludwick greeted Cardinals reliever Seth Maness (5-2) with a leadoff
single. Hamilton, the Reds’ top prospect, then made his major league debut as
a pinch-runner and promptly displayed his much ballyhooed wheels by stealing
second.

Todd Frazier followed with a double into the left-field corner to score
Hamilton, who set a professional baseball record with 155 stolen bases in
2012.

Bailey (10-10) pitched the first seven innings for the Reds, allowing just two
hits — a pair of singles by Matt Carpenter. The right-hander struck out eight
and walked one and capped his outing by retiring the final 14 batters he
faced.

Manny Parra succeeded Bailey and worked around a two-out walk in the eighth
before Aroldis Chapman struck out the side in the ninth for his 34th save.

Game Notes

The Reds had lost the previous seven series to the Cardinals … Bailey
notched his career-high fifth consecutive win … Carpenter registered his
53rd multi-hit game of the season … St. Louis right fielder Carlos Beltran
returned to the lineup after missing two games with lower back tightness …
Wacha and fellow pitchers Tyler Lyons and Carlos Martinez were recalled from
Double-A Springfield by the Cardinals, who recalled infielders Brock Peterson
and Ryan Jackson and purchased the contract of catcher Audry Perez from
Triple-A Memphis as well.