ST. LOUIS The Cincinnati Reds tried, but failed, to spoil Mike Matheny's birthday.
The St. Louis Cardinals' skipper turned 45 on Tuesday, and his team scrounged up just enough offense to beat the Reds 3-1 in front of Busch Stadium's announced crowd of 43,981.
The Cardinals magic number for clinching the National League Central Division remains at eight.
Kolten Wong's eighth-inning sacrifice fly off Pedro Villarreal scored Jhonny Peralta and added a bit of breathing room.
Steve Cishek notched his first save as a Cardinal. His previous three this season came with Miami.
Tommy Pham's sacrifice fly in the seventh snapped the 1-1 tie...