CINCINNATI (AP) -- One very bad and very short day in St. Louis, followed by another bad game in Cincinnati. Adam Wainwright doesn't understand why he's having a really tough time getting the Reds out.
Shin-Soo Choo and Joey Votto homered on Monday as Cincinnati roughed up Wainwright for the second start in a row, and Mat Latos went the distance for the first time this season in a 7-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.
Latos (14-5) credited an offense that seems to have Wainwright's number.
"It doesn't matter who we're playing, but there's definitely more of an anxiety added when you have a guy like Wainwright," said Latos, who allowed four hits. "We were fortunate to be able to get to him today."
Fortunate? Or maybe they've figured him out?
"I don't know about that," said Ryan Ludwick, who singled home a run. "I think we've gotten some pitches to hit the last two outings we've faced him, and we've done damage."
Latos gave up a pair of singles and a sacrifice fly by Matt Holliday in his fourth career complete game.
The third-place Reds are trying to end the Cardinals' season-long dominance during their four-game series at Great American Ball Park. St. Louis has won the last seven series between the teams and is 10-6 against Cincinnati this year.
"It starts at one," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "Hopefully this is just a beginning because we've got a lot of work to do, a long way to go."
The Cardinals took two of three in St. Louis last week, the only loss coming when the Reds tagged Wainwright (15-9) for nine runs in a career-low two innings. They hit him hard again on Monday, piling up six runs and 10 hits in six innings.
Wainwright isn't sure what's going on with him and the Reds.
"The last time, it was a matter of me leaving too many ball in the middle of the plate," Wainwright said. "Today, they hit some good pitches. I feel very strong. I've had some good games against them in the past. It's a head-scratcher, to be honest with you."
It's an important series for Cincinnati, which now trails the Cardinals by 21⁄2 games. St. Louis opened the day tied with Pittsburgh for first place. The Reds maintain a comfortable lead for the final NL wild-card spot.
The last time the Cardinals visited Great American Ball Park, they won by scores of 13-3 and 15-2 during a one-sided series that left the Reds embarrassed. This one started much better for them.
Wainwright fell to 5-9 career against Cincinnati. In his last two starts against the Reds, the right-hander has given up 18 hits and 15 runs in only eight innings. He's 1-3 in four starts against Cincinnati this season with a 7.77 ERA.
ATHLETICS 4, RANGERS 2
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Coco Crisp hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the fifth that was confirmed by a video review, and the Oakland Athletics pulled into a first-place tie with Texas atop the AL West by beating the Rangers 4-2 on Monday.
Yoenis Cespedes homered leading off the second inning and Chris Young added an RBI single in Oakland's fourth straight win.
Crisp set a career high with his 17th homer that stayed just fair of the left-field foul pole, topping his 16 for Cleveland in 2005. He fouled a ball off the area below his right knee in the sixth. He stayed in and struck out, and then was removed for what the team called a shin contusion.
ANGELS 11, RAYS 2
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Garrett Richards worked around a career-high seven walks over five innings and Erick Aybar drove in four runs for the surging Angels.
Richards (5-6) gave up a run and two hits while striking out six in the opener of a four-game series. The seven walks matched Richards' total from his previous five starts combined, but the Rays stranded eight runners while he was in the game and 12 altogether.
Ben Zobrist drove in both of Tampa Bay's runs with a first-inning homer and a sixth-inning single. The Rays have lost five straight and eight of nine to fall 61/2 games behind AL East-leading Boston.
ORIOLES 7, INDIANS 2
CLEVELAND -- Bud Norris stayed unbeaten as a starter with Baltimore and Nate McLouth homered and had three RBIs.
Norris (10-10) allowed one run -- a homer to Jason Kipnis -- and four hits in seven innings. The right-hander improved to 4-0 as a starter with the Orioles, who acquired him at the July 31 trading deadline from Houston. He lost once in relief.
Matt Wieters hit a two-run homer in the ninth and Brian Roberts drove in two runs for the Orioles, who came in three games behind Oakland and Tampa By in the wild-card race.
The Indians lost for the sixth time in seven games and could be without All-Star Justin Masterson (14-10) for the most important stretch of their season. Masterson left in the second with soreness in his left side.
YANKEES 9, WHITE SOX 1
NEW YORK -- Derek Jeter ended a slump with two hits and two RBIs, Alex Rodriguez reached base twice in an eight-run fourth inning and the Yankees beat the White Sox in a game interrupted for nearly two hours by rain.
ROYALS 3, MARINERS 1
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Will Smith had a career-high eight strikeouts in a dominant relief performance, helping Kansas City get the win.
Smith (2-1) allowed one hit in 41/3 innings. He finished with the most strikeouts by a Royals reliever since Tom Gordon struck out eight over 42/3 innings against Detroit on July 9, 1993.
Seattle ace Felix Hernandez (12-9) lost his fourth consecutive start. The ace right-hander allowed three runs and six hits in 6 2-3 innings.
TWINS 10, ASTROS 6
HOUSTON -- Rookie Chris Colabello homered twice for Minnesota, including a tiebreaking grand slam in the ninth inning.
It was 6-all before Chia-Jen Lo (0-3) allowed a single to Brian Dozier with one out in the ninth. Doug Bernier and Chris Herrmann drew two-out walks on full-count pitches before Colabello hit the next pitch into the bullpen in right-center.
It was the first career grand slam for Colabello, who ended a 0-for-23 skid with a single on Sunday.
DODGERS 10, ROCKIES 8
DENVER -- Clayton Kershaw surrendered a career-high 11 hits in five shaky innings and got the win and Yasiel Puig scored the go-ahead run before leaving with a strained right knee as the surging Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Colorado Rockies 10-8 on Monday.
Puig was called out for interference on the bases in the first inning. He then hurt his knee on an awkward slide into third base and gingerly jogged home on Hanley Ramirez's sacrifice fly in the sixth, before being replaced in right field.
Andre Ethier had three hits, including a two-run homer, as the Dodgers won their fifth straight. The NL West leaders are 35-8 since the All-Star break.
PIRATES 5, BREWERS 2
MILWAUKEE -- Neil Walker hit a three-run homer, Charlie Morton pitched seven strong innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat Milwaukee to retake the NL Central lead.
The Pirates moved one game ahead of St. Louis. Pittsburgh won the opener of a nine-game road trip.
PHILLIES 3, NATIONALS 2
PHILADELPHIA -- Carlos Ruiz hit a tiebreaking RBI single in Philadelphia's two-run eighth inning, helping the Phillies get the victory.
Cesar Hernandez started the winning rally with a two-out walk against Tyler Clippard (6-3). He came around to score on Jimmy Rollins' double. After Chase Utley was walked intentionally, Ruiz drove in Rollins with a single to left.
BRAVES 13, METS 5
ATLANTA -- Freddie Freeman homered, doubled and tied a career high with five RBIs, powering the Atlanta Braves past the New York Mets.
Freeman put the Braves ahead with a two-run double off Daisuke Matsuzaka in the first inning. Freeman made it 6-1 with a three-run homer a dozen rows deep into the right-field seats in the second.
PADRES 4, GIANTS 1
SAN DIEGO -- Ian Kennedy beat an NL West opponent for the first time in 12 starts this season, pitching the San Diego Padres past the San Francisco Giants.
Kennedy (6-9) gave up one run and five hits over six innings while striking out seven. He is 3-1 with a 4.04 ERA since the Padres got him in a trade with Arizona on July 31.
Kennedy improved to 1-5 with a 4.97 ERA in his starts against NL West teams this year.
MARLINS 4, CUBS 3
CHICAGO -- Henderson Alvarez hit his first career home run and pitched six innings before exiting with a hamstring injury, and the Miami Marlins beat the Chicago Cubs.
Alvarez hit a three-run shot off Travis Wood in the second inning and also had a single and a sacrifice bunt.
BLUE JAYS 4, DIAMONDBACKS 1
PHOENIX -- Esmil Rogers pitched 61/3 innings of one-hit ball and Edwin Encarnacion hit his 35th home run to lead the Toronto Blue Jays over Arizona.
Rogers (4-7) struck out five and walked one. Casey Janssen got his 27th save.