Cardinals rally past Reds with
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[July 20, 2019]
The St. Louis Cardinals escaped
a sizable early hole by scoring 10 runs in the sixth inning and then
hanging on for a 12-11 win against the host Cincinnati Reds on
Reds starter Tyler Mahle brought a 7-0 lead into the sixth inning
and appeared in good shape to end a personal five-decision losing
streak, but he gave up four runs before the bullpen and defense
allowed six more.
Jared Hughes (3-3) took the loss after allowing four unearned runs
in the sixth.
Jose Martinez hit a tie-breaking three-run homer in the sixth, and
Paul DeJong drove in four runs to give him seven RBIs in the past
two games for the Cardinals.
Michael Wacha (6-4) pitched 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief to
earn the win.
Cincinnati catcher Ryan Lavarnway, who signed a one-year deal on
Thursday after he was released by the New York Yankees, had two home
runs, a double and six RBIs, the most by a Cincinnati player in his
team debut since at least 1920.
Jesse Winker had two hits and two RBIs to lead the Reds.
Mahle pitched 5 1/3 innings, allowing four runs and seven hits,
striking out five and walking one. He also had two hits.
Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright continued to struggle against
He allowed seven runs and nine hits in 3 1/3 innings, raising his
ERA against the Reds to 5.31, the highest against any team he has
faced more than twice.
Wainwright gave up four runs in the third on RBI doubles by
Lavarnway and Joey Votto, and run-scoring singles by Jose Peraza and
Yasiel Puig, before Lavarnway's three-run homer in the fourth made
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Cardinals right fielder Jose Martinez (38) reacts with outfielder
Harrison Bader (48) after Martinez hits a three-run home run against
the Cincinnati Reds during the sixth inning at Great American Ball
Park. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports
After the Cardinals plated the first six runs in the sixth, Votto
had a chance to end the inning on a grounder to first, but he booted
the ball, allowing another run scored to make it 7-7.
Martinez then homered to move the Cardinals ahead 10-7.
DeJong went deep for the second consecutive game in the seventh for
a 12-7 lead.
Lavarnway hit a two-run homer in the eighth to make it 12-9.
The Reds scored two runs in the ninth before Votto grounded out to
end the game with the tying run on third.
--Field Level Media
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