In St. Louis, Dave Parker hit a two-run homer off Joaquin Andujar and rookie left-hander Tom Browning won his 15th game as Cincinnati hande d the Cardinals their fourth loss in five games.
Cincinnati player-manager Pete Rose will have to wait until Wednesday to resume his chase after Ty Cobb's career hit mark of 4,191. Rose went zero for three with a walk to remain at 4,186. He said he will sit out Tuesday's game.
Browning (15-9) allowed four hits, struck out five and walked three in 6 2/3 innings. He benefited from three double plays. John Franco finished for his ninth save.
In the sixth, Andujar (20-8) walked Rose on four pitches and Parker drove the next pitch into the right field bleachers to put Cincinnati ahead, 3-0. The two RBI gave Parker 90 for the season. The homer, his 24th, was his first since Aug. 15.
Before the game, Parker gave an indication of what was to come when he hit six balls into the outfield seats at Busch Stadium during batting practice. "I was afraid he was going to lose all the balls," Rose said.
The Cardinals announced the signing of relief pitcher Doug Bair, 36, who was released earlier this season by the Detroit Tigers. Bair played for St. Louis in 1982, appearing in three World Series games.