Steve Mura, who hadn't won a game since May 26, pitched a four-hitter last night as the St. Louis Cardinals won, 3-1, in Cincinnati to give the Reds their ninth straight defeat.

The Reds' losing streak is their longest since they lost 11 straight in 1966. Last season, they had the best record in the majors.

Mura (6-7) struck out three and walked four in beating the Reds for the second time against seven losses. Charlie Leibrandt (3-4) was the loser.

"It's embarrassing having the record we have," said Leibrandt, who gave up all three St. Louis runs in the fourth inning.

"I'm sure every guy on this team looks at the morning newspaper and says, 'Why? Why is this happening?' " Leibrandt said.

"I've lost in the minor leagues before, but I ain't never seen it like this before," said rookie outfielder Duane Walker, who had two of the Reds' four hits.

Although the Reds lost outfielders George Foster, Ken Griffey and Dave Collins during the offseason, Mura said he doesn't find the 1982 lineup any easier to face.

"I think they're tougher, personally," he said. "I don't like throwing against all those left-handers. They can stack left-handers against you.

"George (Foster) didn't hurt me that much.(Dan) Driessen, Griffey and Collins used to hurt me. And (Dave) Concepcion."

Tom Herr singled in the fourth and took third on George Hendrick's single. Gene Tenace singled to score Herr and Mike Ramsey doubled in Hendrick. After Ozzie Smith was intentionally walked to load the bases, Leibrandt hit Mura with a pitch to force in the third run.