The Cincinnati Reds dropped a second straight game to the Cardinals after taking an early lead but watching it disappear as St. Louis scored in back-to-back innings to take the lead. Their bullpen held up from there as they secured a series victory with a 4-3 win.
|St. Louis Cardinals (63-79)
|Cincinnati Reds (73-71)
|W: Thompson (5-5) L: Spiers (0-1) SV: Helsley (8)|
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St. Louis struck in the 1st inning after Lars Nootbaar walked and came around to score when the Cardinals put together two singles later in the inning to take a 1-0 lead.
Cincinnati would put together a rally in the bottom of the 2nd inning. Nick Senzel led off with a single and would score on a double from Tyler Stephenson. Alejo Lopez followed up with an RBI double of his own to put the Reds up 2-1. Harrison Bader capped the inning off with a single that brought in Lopez and gave Cincinnati a 3-1 advantage.
The lead for the Reds didn’t last all that long. In the top of the 3rd a 2-out walk kept the inning alive and then Willson Contreras hit a 2-run homer to tie the game up. The Cardinals would take the lead an inning later when Tommy Edman led off with a single. Carson Spiers was replaced after that and Sam Moll took over. He’d get a fly out and then a force out, but Lars Nootbaar came through with a 2-out double to bring around Masyn Wynn and put St. Louis on top 4-3.
In the bottom of the 4th inning the Reds manager David Bell was ejected for arguing balls and strikes. Later in the inning it was second baseman Alejo Lopez who was ejected after he was called out on strikes on a pitch that appeared well above the strikezone and then screaming the magic word a few times as he walked to the Reds dugout.
Cincinnati would only get one hit the rest of the game – a bunt single from TJ Friedl in the 7th inning. The Reds would get a walk from Christian Encarnacion-Strand in the 9th. He was called for interference at second base while trying to break up a double play and it erased himself and Tyler Stephenson from the bases after Stephenson had beaten the relay throw to first base. The game ended one batter later with a strikeout.
Key Moment of the Game
Lars Nootbaar’s go-ahead double in the 4th inning.
Notes worth noting
Just prior to the game Noelvi Marte was hit in the face by a thrown ball. Originally in the lineup he was replaced. He is “day-to-day”.
Nick Senzel was the only Red to have two hits in the game.
The Reds pitchers only had two strikeouts in the first eight innings of the game, but Fernando Cruz picked up three of them in the 9th to even up the walks and strikeouts at five for the pitching staff.
The Reds loss combined with the rest of the scores from the day have dropped them to 2.5 back of the final wild card spot – tied with San Francisco.
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Sunday September 10th, 1:40pm ET
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