70
      Wednesday
      91 / 69
      Thursday
      92 / 70
      Friday
      91 / 68

      Nightmare ninth dooms Redbirds

      ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Brandon Phillips kick-started a nine-run ninth inning with a tiebreaking bloop double and Shin-Soo Choo made amends for two botched fly balls with a three-run double, and the Cincinnati Reds spoiled the St. Louis Cardinals' home opener with a 13-4 victory on Monday.

      Mitchell Boggs (0-1), the stand-in closer for St. Louis, yielded six runs while getting only one out and the Cardinals needed four more pitchers to get out of the inning. Only a few thousand fans remained of the largest regular-season crowd of 47,375 for the bottom of the ninth in 8-year-old Busch Stadium history.

      The Cardinals held a tribute for Stan Musial before the game.