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April 9, 2013

Not what they wanted

ST. LOUIS — Shin-Soo Choo is way off the hook.

The new Cincinnati center fielder made amends for two botched fly balls, drawing a leadoff walk in a nine-run ninth inning and later delivering a three-run double as the Reds spoiled the St. Louis Cardinals’ home opener with a 13-4 victory on Monday.

“I almost died and my teammates gave me another life,” Choo said. “I really appreciate my teammates, coming over to me and saying everybody makes mistakes.

“I missed two fly balls and in my mind I had to do something to help the team.”

Mitchell Boggs (0-1), the stand-in closer for St. Louis, yielded six runs while getting only one out. 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.

A day earlier, the Cardinals scored nine runs in the fourth inning against Giants ace Matt Cain.

“I think this is the worst outing of my career,” said Boggs, who has one save in two chances along with a bloated 14.54 ERA. “I guess without saying there’s a lot of season left and I expect to be a player with a lot of good ones.”

The defending NL Central champions Cardinals held a tribute for Stan Musial before the game. They’ve lost three straight home openers and six of the last seven.

Brandon Phillips blooped a go-ahead double in the ninth. He earlier hit his 150th career homer for the Reds, who have won six of seven since losing in extra innings to the Angels on opening day and totaled 11 or more hits the last four games.

Jay Bruce had four hits and Chris Heisey doubled twice with an RBI.

Sam LeCure (1-0) pitched an inning for the win.

Cardinals lefty Jaime Garcia matched his career best with 10 strikeouts in 6 2-3 innings and left with a 4-3 lead. Yadier Molina hit both of the fly balls dropped by Choo in the first and sixth, and added an RBI single.

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