Bullpen helps Reds beat Cardinals 5-3

 ST. LOUIS (AP) - Mike Linclon and four other Cincinnati relievers allowed one earned run in eight innings after Edinson Volquez left early in his first start since coming off the disabled list, and the Reds rallied to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-3 on Monday night.

Lincoln (1-0) gave up only Colby Rasmus' sixth homer in three innings of relief and Francisco Cordero worked the ninth for his 14th save in 14 chances and 28th in a row dating to last July.

Volquez left complaining of numbness in the pinky and ring finger of his pitching hand after allowing a run on two hits. He will be examined in Cincinnati on Tuesday. Volquez, a 17-game winner last year, had been on the disabled list with back spasms.

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