By Manny Randhawa

The way things had been going for Johnny Cueto and Lance Lynn, a pitching duel on Thursday afternoon between the two wouldn’t exactly have been a far-fetched proposition.

The two right-handers matched each other inning for inning for seven scoreless frames. But thanks to a highlight-reel catch by right fielder Jay Bruce that robbedMatt Adams of a home run and the Cincinnati offense finally breaking through in the eighth, the Reds beat the Cardinals, 1-0, to take three of four from St. Louis at Great American Ball Park.

The series win over St. Louis was the Reds’ first in five tries this season, and just their second in the last 13 series against the Cardinals overall.

With the game still scoreless in the eighth, Brandon Phillips drew a walk to lead off the frame and moved to third on a Bruce single. Ramon Santiago then lifted a soft fly ball to shallow center, whereJon Jay charged and dropped it, allowing Phillips to score.

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