Adam Wainwright needed four strikeouts to pass Cardinal great Dizzy Dean for second on the all-time list for strikeouts.
Six runs and 10 hits came between the Cardinal ace and that quest.
Shin-Soo Choo opened the game with a sharp single to left. Brandon Phillips played small ball and bunted Choo to second. Votto grounded out to get Choo to third, then Wainwright made his first mistake of the game by pitching around Jay Bruce with a four-pitch walk. Ryan Ludwick, Wainwright's former teammate, lined a single to leftcenter to put the Reds on top.
Ludwick added a double later and his presence in the lineup means a lot to the Reds.
"Luddy adds stability to our lineup," Dusty Baker said. "He was frustrated early in the year when he could only watch and we were leaving so many runners on base."
Todd Frazier doubled to open the second. Zack Cozart hit the first of his two singles to score Frazier. Mat Latos, the Reds' starter, sacrificed Cozart to second. Little did he know that Cozart had already been in position to score on Choo's 19th home run of the season.
Latos handled the Cardinals most of the game but Wainwright doubled to open the third. Matt Carpenter doubled past a diving Jay Bruce, delivering Wainwright. Jon Jay bunted Carpenter to third. Matt Holliday drove the run home with a fly-out to left.
After the third frame. the Reds continued to pick away at Wainwright while Latos bounced back.
"I have a lot of respect for Wainwright," Baker said. "He's not a guy you want to see back-to-back. Whether he shuts you out or you beat him he has the same demeanor."
The Reds seem to have figured him out in the last two games.
"I don't know if we've figured him out," Ludwick said. "We've gotten some good pitches to hit. It is big beating their ace."
The Reds are 11-9 since Ludwick's return. They have had been in double digits in hits over the last five games. Ludwick has hits in four of the last five games.
"I'm feeling better and better," Ludwick said.
The Reds got one run back in the fourth. Bruce hit the first of his two doubles and scored on Frazier's RBI single.
Latos retired 10 straight between Jay's bunt and Matt Holliday's single. Latos retired eight more in a row heading into the ninth.
Cincinnati added a run on a bases-loaded walk to Bruce in the eighth off the Cardinal bullpen.
Latos took the mound in the ninth. Derrick Robinson, a defensive replacement ran down Holliday's bid for an extra-base hit to open the inning. Two ground outs later Latos earned his 14th win in complete-game fashion - the fourth complete game of his career.
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