Friday: Reds snap Cardinals’ win streak
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Juan Francisco hit a three-run homer and drove in five runs, and the Cincinnati Reds beat St. Louis 11-8 on Friday night to end the Cardinals’ four-game winning streak.
Yonder Alonso had a two-run homer and scored three runs for the Reds, who blew a 5-0 lead. Todd Frazier added a pinch-hit, solo home run for Cincinnati.
Jose Arredondo (4-4) allowed a solo homer in his one inning of work but got the win. Brandon Phillips, Edgar Renteria and Jay Bruce drove in the other runs for the Reds.
Reliever Marc Rzepczynski (0-1) started the seventh for the Cardinals in a 6-6 game and got Joey Votto to ground out to lead off the inning. But Bruce singled to left and Alonso followed with his fourth homer to make it 8-6.
After the Cardinals cut it to 8-7 on an RBI single by Rafael Furcal in the eighth, Francisco gave the Reds plenty of insurance with a two-out, three-run shot off reliever Kyle McClellan in the ninth.
Furcal and David Freese each had a solo home run and an RBI single for St. Louis, and Jon Jay was 2 for 3 with two runs scored. Matt Holliday added a solo homer in the ninth off Cincinnati reliever Francisco Cordero.
St. Louis starter Chris Carpenter had one bad inning, the second, when Cincinnati sent 10 men to the plate and scored five times. After Alonso reached on a double and Drew Stubbs on a fielder’s choice to start the inning, Francisco drove them both home with a double.
Phillips, Renteria and Bruce all drove in runs with two-out hits to make it 5-0.
The Cardinals began pecking away at Cincinnati starter Johnny Cueto, getting two runs back in the bottom of the second on an RBI single by Freese and Yadier Molina’s fielder’s choice. St. Louis plated a single run in the third on Lance Berkman’s RBI single, and tied it in the fifth on Furcal’s homer and a double play by Holliday that scored Jon Jay to tie it 5-5.
Frazier hit a solo shot off Carpenter with two out in the sixth to give the Reds the lead again, but Freese tied it with a solo homer off Arredondo leading off the bottom half.
NOTES: Furcal has homered in three straight games. … The Reds are looking to win their first three-game series in St. Louis since June 5-7, 2006. Cincinnati is 0-12-1 in 13 series since. … Carpenter has allowed 21 of his 85 earned runs in the second inning. … Votto, who went 2 for 5, leads the NL with a .358 road average. … Freese also grounded into a double play, giving the Cardinals a majors-leading 147. … Homer Bailey (7-6) starts for Cincinnati on Saturday against Cardinals left-hander Jaime Garcia (10-7).
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