ST. LOUIS -- There are 162 games in the regular season but only a handful of those ever stand out as tests of a contending team's mettle or character.
Tuesday's 9-8 victory over the Cardinals might prove to be one of those games for the Reds.
Sure, they let leads of 3-0 and 7-3 slip from their sweaty grasps on a sultry night at Busch Stadium. But Cincinnati didn't lie down after it happened and came back to win and reclaim solo possession of first place by one game over St. Louis in the National League Central.
"That was probably the best game of the year, especially since we came out on top," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "Boy, that was as close to a playoff atmosphere as our young team has probably been in."