Two consecutive weeks of defeats over! Reds 4, Cardinals 1

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The Cincinnati Reds bid farewell to an 11-game losing streak in 14 days with a 4-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals at Great American Ball Park.

Final R H E
St. Louis Cardinals (9-5) 1 7 0
Cincinnati Reds (3-13)
4 8 0
F: Lodolo (1-2) L: Wainwright (2-2) SV: Sims (1)
Dissemination of statistics | Box score | Thread of the game

The big story: Rookie southpaw Nick Lodolo earned his first major league victory with a masterful performance in which 72% of his shots were strikes. After going 5 2/3 innings, the bullpen closed the door the rest of the way to preserve the Reds’ third win before 23,124 at GABP.

The offense

The home side got off to a fast start late in the first against Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright, who has a history of struggles at Great American Ball Park. Tyler Naquin started with a double. An outing later, Tommy Pham and Joey Votto both drew long batting walks, with Votto having historical significance:

It was the first of three walks of the day for Votto. Colin Moran then delivered:

Nick Senzel followed with a single for a 2-0 lead, but after rounding first, Senzel was caught too far from base to end the inning.

Alejo Lopez and JT Riddle led the bottom of the second with singles, and a Naquin playfield scored Lopez from the third for a 3-0 lead over the Reds.

After Saint-Louis scored a run early in the sixth, Moran delivered again late in the sixth:

For the season, Moran is 4 for 16 against right-handers. Not the best around, but definitely above average for this current iteration of the list. He is currently adapting as a DH against right-handed pitchers.

Pham and Senzel had two hits apiece to speed up the winners.

The pitch

Lodolo had its best start in the major leagues. In 79 pitches, he threw 57 strikes. He painted the edges and recorded key strikeouts in big situations on his 94-95 mph fastball in the zone. He showed today why hopes are very high for what he can bring to this team this year and over the next few years.

Tony Santillan, Art Warren and Lucas Sims closed things out over the final 3 1/3 innings. In pitching for the second time in as many days, Sims showed very positive signs that he had recovered from his pre-season arm issues. He retired the team in order to record his first of what we hope will be many saves in the top of the ninth.

Any victory for this team this year will be due to excellent throwing. Today was a classic example of how this team will have to win when they can.

News and notes

This decision was announced at the start of today’s game. Reynolds is a right-handed batting infielder with a career average of .212. It is not a season saver. 🙂 The Reds DFA have chosen right-hander Ryan Hendrix to make room for Reynolds on the 40-man roster. A transfer of 25 players will need to be completed before Tuesday’s game to make room for Reynolds.

The next step for the Cincinnati Reds

San Diego Padres vs Cincinnati Reds

Tuesday, April 26, 6:40 p.m. ET

Joe Musgrove (2-0, 1.89 ERA) vs. Reiver Sanmartin (0-2, 7.11 ERA)

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