One wrong pitch put the game away for the St. Louis Cardinals (13-13) when Paul DeJong hit a grand slam in the 4th inning to make it 7-1 over the Cincinnati Reds (15-20). A late 3-run homer by Eugenio Suárez put the Reds within striking distance, but that was the last hit they’d get in a 7-5 loss.
|St. Louis Cardinals (13-13)
|Cincinnati Reds (15-20)
|W: Hudson (1-2) L: DeSclafani (1-2) SV: Gallegos (2)
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Joey Votto’s infield single to lead off the bottom of the 1st, and the Reds first baseman moved up to second on a passed ball. He scored the tying run on a single by Eugenio Suárez later in the inning. The bats went quiet after that until the 6th when Tucker Barnhart doubled and scored on a Nick Castellanos ground out. Unfortunately for the Reds it was 7-2 at that point and they needed a whole lot more than one run.
Cincinnati put up a fight in the bottom of the 9th inning. Joey Votto led off with a single, and then Jesse Winker singled with 1-out to put two runners on. That brought Eugenio Suárez to the plate and he took the second pitch of the at-bat and put it into the seats under the power stacks for a 3-run homer, making it a 7-5 game. That was all they’d get, though, as the comeback fell short.
The Cardinals got to Anthony DeSclafani early. Back-to-back doubles in the 1st put St. Louis up 1-0, and a seeing-eye single in the 2nd added another run, making it 2-1. In the 3rd inning DeSclafani hurt himself – not in a physical way – by hitting Paul Goldschmidt to lead off the inning, then giving up a single. He didn’t hold the runners on well and allowed a double steal before Yadier Molina added to the Cardinals lead with a sacrifice fly to make it 3-1.
In the 4th inning it was a lot more of self-inflicted wounds for DeSclafani. He allowed a 1-out single, then with two outs he walked back-to-back hitters to load the bases for Paul DeJong. The Cardinals shortstop took a 3-2 fastball and hit a grand slam to make it 7-1.
Michael Lorenzen came on to record the final out of the 4th inning. He also got the next 11 outs without allowing a run. Lorenzen wound up tossing 4.0 shutout innings before Nate Jones took over with two outs in the top of the 8th inning. After an infield single, Jones got out of the inning unscathed. Jones returned for the 9th and got the Cardinals to go 1-2-3.
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