ST. LOUIS (AP) - After five perfect innings, Bronson Arroyo felt like an underdog. The St. Louis Cardinals often have that effect.

"I never feel comfortable against this lineup until it's 27 outs and we've got a win in our back pocket because it just never comes easy against these guys," Arroyo said after the Cincinnati Reds lost 5-1 on Tuesday night. "Some teams and some environments are very difficult to pitch in, and this is definitely one of them."

Arroyo is 8-14 with a 4.60 ERA against the Cardinals and 3-7 with a 5.46 ERA in 15 starts at 8-year-old Busch Stadium.

"They've got a lot of scrappy lefties and some power right-handed hitters who I've faced so many times it's like a chess match," Arroyo said. "You always know that they're going to make a push and you just hope that push isn't four runs."

Lance Lynn struck out 10 in six sharp innings and rookie Matt Adams connected for his first career pinch-hit homer off a curveball from Arroyo (1-1) in a four-run sixth. Allen Craig and Carlos Beltran also drove in runs.

St. Louis bounced back nicely a day after the Reds roughed up the bullpen for nine runs in the ninth of a 13-4 win that made for a sour home opener.

Brandon Phillips had a sacrifice fly and Shin-Soo Choo had two hits for Cincinnati. The Reds were held to five hits, ending a run of four consecutive games with double-figure hit totals. Choo has four straight two-hit games is 11 for 25 (.440) during a six-game hitting streak.

"We didn't do anything offensively," Zack Cozart said after going 1 for 4. "Offense has to do a better job."

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