Joey Votto’s 3-run home run in the 4th inning coupled with strong pitching from Tyler Mahle and the bullpen led to a Reds 6-3 win on Sunday. The victory gave Cincinnati a series win over the St. Louis Cardinals as they took two of the three games in the set.
|St. Louis Cardinals (51-46)
|Cincinnati Reds (36-58)
|W: Mahle (4-7) L: Mikolas (7-8) SV: Strickland (5)
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With the game scoreless through the top of the 3rd inning, Cincinnati put the pedal to the floor in the bottom of the inning. Singles from Nick Senzel, Tyler Naquin, and Brandon Drury loaded the bases for Tommy Pham who came through with a sacrifice fly to give the Reds the lead. Joey Votto followed up with a 3-run homer to make it 4-0.
After St. Louis got half of those runs back in the top of the 4th, the Reds went back to work at the plate. Mike Moustakas walked to lead off the inning and scored on a Tyler Naquin single. Cincinnati got another run when Tyler Naquin attempted to steal second and the throw beat him by a wide margin, but he got himself into a rundown and that led to Matt Reynolds taking off for the plate and scoring before Naquin was tagged out to end the inning, giving the Reds a 6-2 advantage. That would be the final time they scored in the game, but it was enough to hold on for the series win.
Tyler Mahle had a no-hitter through the first three innings of the game. After the Reds gave him a 4-run lead he returned to the mound and walked the leadoff hitter in the 4th and then gave up a 2-run homer to Paul Goldschmidt to lose the no-hitter and the shutout. Two innings later he’d give up another home run to Goldschmidt, this time a solo shot, to make it a 6-3 game. Mahle exited the game after the 6th inning in a solid return from the injured list.
Reiver Sanmartin, Alexis Diaz, and Hunter Strickland all tossed a shutout inning of relief to wrap up the win on Sunday and seal the series win over the Cardinals.
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