On the same night third baseman Scott Rolen went on the disabled list with tightness in his left shoulder, right fielder Juan Encarnacion was hit in the left eye by a foul ball off the bat of second baseman Aaron Miles in the sixth inning while Encarnacion, who was going to pinch hit, was standing in the on-deck circle to the right of the plate.
Encarnacion was taken to a local hospital and was expected to stay overnight. After the Cardinals' 8-5 win, manager Tony La Russa said, "Nobody's celebrating, that's for sure."
La Russa would have had reason to celebrate. The win was the 1,042nd of his career with the Cardinals, breaking a tie with Hall of Famer Red Schoendienst.
Ankiel has five homers and 14 runs batted in since being brought up three weeks ago and has contributed to a half-dozen victories. The failed-pitcher-turned-outfielder got another standing ovation and curtain call after his four-run homer Friday.
"Fairy-tale stuff," said manager Tony La Russa. "Fantasy Island."
The win brought the Cardinals to one game of the .500 mark at 65-66 and moved them to two games behind the Chicago Cubs in the National League Central Division.
CARDINALS, 8, CINCINNATI 5: Anthony Reyes was headed for his 14th loss in 16 decisions as he fell behind, 4-1, in the second inning, but the Cardinals rallied behind Rick Ankiel's grand slam and eight innings of one-run relief. Yadier Molina also homered and singled, driving two runs.
Tony La Russa passed Hall of Famer Red Schoendienst on the Cardinals' all-time managerial wins list with Friday night's victory.
--Ankiel's slam was the third of his professional career. He had one in 2001 as a designated hitter at Danville in the Appalachian League and another in 2005 at Class Quad Cities.
--RHP Ryan Franklin singled home a run in the seventh for his first National League hit and just the second of his career. He had singled for Seattle in 2003.
--The Cardinals were hitless in their first seven at-bats with men in scoring position Friday before going 3-for-3.
--LHP Randy Flores, who worked two scoreless innings, gained his first win since April 25, which also came against Cincinnati.
BY THE NUMBERS: 15 -- The number of losses for RHP Kip Wells, who could lead the National League in defeats for the second year out of three. He went 8-18 for Pittsburgh in 2005. He is 6-15 for the Cardinals this season.