Rolen then won the game with a single off Ryan Franklin in the ninth inning. That winning rally had been set up a single by Chris Duncan, who was 9-for-13 in the series, and a four-pitch walk to Albert Pujols, whom Franklin apparently wanted no part of.
The Cardinals are laboring, but they moved back to eight games over .500 and 2 1/2 games ahead of the chasing Reds in the National League Central. The teams are done playing for the season. The difference in this one probably was that the Reds had a waiver claim (Franklin) in the game at the end and the Cardinals had a multi-million dollar closer (Isringhausen).
REPLAY: Chris Duncan capped a three-hit day by scoring the winning run on Scott Rolen's single with no outs in the ninth inning as the Cardinals outlasted the Reds 2-1. St. Louis moved 2 1/2 games ahead of Cincinnati in the National League Central.
Jeff Weaver held the Reds to one run over 7 1/3 innings after a game in Cincinnati last week when he gave up only one run in six innings.
--CF Jim Edmonds missed a second consecutive game with post-concussion syndrome. "The tests he has had have been all good," manager Tony La Russa said, "but he went out for another test just to make sure."
--OF Larry Bigbie has been pulled off a minor league rehabilitation assignment again because of abdominal discomfort. He had surgery for an umbilical hernia in June.
--The Cardinals raised their major league-best record in day games to 31-13, with the next three to be played in Wrigley Field, where they are 0-7 for the season.
--LF Chris Duncan is 18-for-33 (.545) in his last eight starts with six multi-hit games after his third consecutive three-hit game against the Reds on Thursday. Duncan finished the season 17-for-31 (.548) against Cincinnati.
--SS David Eckstein saw his hitting streak end at eight games when he went 0-for-4 Thursday.
--LHP Mark Mulder (left shoulder strain) was ineffective in his rehab start for Triple-A Memphis on Thursday. Mulder allowed five runs (four earned) on seven hits and five walks in four innings.