Reds hang on for 3-2 win over St. Louis, snapping 6-game skid

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In a game that featured multiple base runners thrown to the plate, the game ended bottom of 9th with the runs tied and go-ahead in scoring position before Alexis Diaz closed the door on the Cardinals as the Cincinnati Reds ended their 6-game losing streak with a 3-2 win at St. Louis on Thursday night.

Final R H E
Cincinnati Reds (57-86) 3 seven 0
St. Louis Cardinals (84-60)
2 3 0
W: Anderson (1-3) L : Mikolas (11-12) VS: Díaz (7)
Statcast | The score of the box | Thread of the game

The offense

Nick Senzel got the game started with a 421-foot homer in the 2nd inning. In the 3rd inning, the Reds charged the bases with no outs after two walks sandwiched a brace from TJ Friedl. But Cincinnati only managed a single run on a sacrifice fly by Jake Fraley because the inning ended when a missed double steal led to Friedl being ejected at home plate. The run put the Reds ahead 2-0.

Cincinnati didn’t score again until the 6th inning. That’s when Aristides Aquino hit a solo home run from 411 feet to make it 3-1. Two legs later, the Reds threatened again after a walk from Donovan Solano and a brace from Aristides Aquino. Solano was run out by Stuart Fairchild and then thrown to the plate trying to score and score on a line in right field by Nick Senzel. The Reds went in order in the top of the 9th and had to rely on the bullpen to try to hold a 2-point lead.

The pitch

Chase Anderon kept the Cardinals off the scoreboard in the first two innings, but couldn’t do the same late in the third. Anderson put out two men with one out with a walk and a hit, then with two outs Paul Goldschmidt had an RBI double. His line drive down the left field line easily scored Lars Nootbaar from second, but the Reds defense made a perfect combination of throws from TJ Friedl to Kyle Farmer to Austin Romine who made a nice catch and a tag to end the inning and keep Cincinnati ahead. 2-1. It would be the only hit and run Anderson allowed in his 5.0 innings before handing the game to the bullpen.

Ian Gibaut took over in the 6th inning and he hit a perfect inning with two strikeouts to hold on to what was then a 3-1 lead for the Reds. Buck Farmer entered the game for the 7th inning and he pitched two perfect innings with three strikeouts before giving way to Alexis Diaz in the 9th.

Diaz ran into some trouble after dropping an early single and then walking with Tommy Edman to start the frame. Paul Goldschmidt had a lazy fly down the middle for the first out, but another lazy fly fell on a Nolan Arenado single to load the bases. This brought Albert Pujols to the plate and he hit a sacrifice fly to make it 3-2, and on the play Tommy Edman advanced to third base just before Aristides Aquino’s throw on a bang-bang play at the bag. St. Louis then brought in pinch hitter Corey Dickerson to face Diaz. During that at-bat, Arenado took second base out of defensive indifference to put the winning run in scoring position, but was then caught off guard. It wouldn’t matter as Diaz caused a pitch to end the game in a 3-2 victory.

The next step for the Cincinnati Reds

Cincinnati Reds vs. St. Louis Cardinals

Friday, September 16, 8:15 p.m. ET

TBD vs. Jack Flaherty (0-1, 4.50 ERA)

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