ST. LOUIS, June 30 (UPI) -- Reggie Taylor and Todd Walker had two-run singles off Jason Isringhausen in the top of the ninth Sunday as the Cincinnati Reds rallied from an early six-run deficit to defeat the St. Louis Cardinals, 12-8.
The Reds took two of three games from the Cardinals and joined them atop the National League Central for the first time since June 16. It was Cincinnati's fifth victory in six games and St. Louis' seventh loss in nine contests.
St. Louis took a 6-0 lead after one inning but Cincinnati chipped away, climbing within 7-6 on Aaron Boone's RBI single in the sixth inning.
Miguel Cairo countered with an RBI single of his own in the bottom of the eighth to stake closer Isringhausen to a two-run cushion entering the ninth. But Juan Encarnacion led off with a single, Sean Casey walked and Russell Branyan drew a one-out walk to load the bases.
Taylor then singled to center to drive in Encarnacion and Casey and tie the game, 8-8. After Corky Miller grounded out to advance the runners, Walker singled to left to drive in Branyan and Taylor.
Boone then added a two-run homer off Gene Stechschulte to cap the scoring.
Scott Sullivan (5-2) allowed a run and four hits over three innings. Isringhausen (2-1) was tagged for five runs, three hits and two walks while retiring just two batters.
Plate umpire Kerwin Danley collapsed in the fourth inning in the 90-plus degree heat. He was helped off the field and watched the remainder of the contest in an air-conditioned room.