Carlos MartinezRandal Grichuk and Kolten Wong homered, as the St. Louis Cardinals snapped a three-game losing streak with a 5-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday.  With the win, the Cardinals' avoided being swept in Cincinnati for the first time since July 2012.

 

The Cardinals will hold onto sole possession of second position in the National League Wild Card standings for at least one more day.  The win kept their lead at one game over the Mets, who won their game on Sunday night.

 

Martinez (13-7) allowed three hits over six scoreless innings before the Reds reached him for three hits and two runs to knock him out of the game three batters into the seventh. He walked five and struck out six while improving to 8-1 in 13 road starts this season.

 

The Cardinals open a critical three-game series in Pittsburgh this afternoon at 3:05 p.m. CT at PNC Park. The Bucs are 3 1/2 games behind the Cards for the second NL Wild Card spot. Adam Wainwright (9-8. 4.53) will start for St. Louis against rookie right-hander Chad Kuhl (3-2, 3.70).