ST. LOUIS -- During Sunday's 7-5 win over the Indians, Edgar Renteria did something the Reds hadn't seen from either of their shortstops all season. He hit a home run, a solo shot which came in the fifth inning and landed in the first row of right field seats.
Renteria was in the lineup again on Monday against the Cardinals, going 0-for-3 in his third start in four games. Although he began the day batting only .237 and struggled for most of the season, both offensively and defensively, the 35-year-old was batting .353 (6-for-17) over the six games that preceded Monday. The home run, off Cleveland's Josh Judy, provided his 900th career RBI.
Reds manager Dusty Baker and general manager Walt Jocketty have shown patience with both Renteria and regular shortstop Paul Janish, who is batting .227. In Renteria's case, Baker believed he would catch a spark when warm weather arrived.
"He's going to get there. It takes an older player longer," Baker said. "It took the hot weather longer to get here. I will play Janish [Tuesday]. I played Edgar today because I think he has a better chance of hitting [Chris] Carpenter. We'll do what we've been doing, put the best lineup out there daily."