ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Cincinnati Reds picked the lone fresh arm for a worn-out bullpen, and ended up with a familiar result.
Logan Ondrusek gave up singles to all three batters he faced with one out in the 10th inning, capped by Jhonny Peralta's game-winner in a 6-5 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday night.
Ondrusek (3-3) was activated off the disabled list on Monday after being out since July 22 because of a strained right shoulder.
"I would have liked to put him in a little bit of a softer landing, but nevertheless there's no newness to this situation for him," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "I thought he was the right guy. It just didn't happen tonight."
Reds relievers allowed 15 of Colorado's 20 runs while Cincinnati got swept in a doubleheader on Sunday. Plus All-Star closer Aroldis Chapman, who was pulled in Game 1 after walking four straight batters, was unavailable due to shoulder soreness.
Jay Bruce homered, doubled and knocked in four runs for the Reds, giving him nine RBIs in four games. Brandon Phillips returned from left thumb surgery wearing a brace and was 0 for 4 with a walk.
The Reds have lost six of seven, five by one run.
"I'm not going to hammer you guys with this silver lining stuff. Everyone is sick of losing," Price said. "But I'm proud of these guys."
Peralta's RBI single in the first was just his second in 32 at-bats against the Reds this season. He also doubled and scored the tying run on A.J. Pierzynski's hit off Jumbo Diaz in the eighth.
Bruce doubled off Trevor Rosenthal to tie it in the ninth. Rosenthal was pulled after walking the bases full with one out on Sunday, and he has allowed four runs in 2 1-3 innings in his last three outings.