Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - Todd Frazier hit a pair of solo home runs to
give the Cincinnati Reds a 6-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in the finale
of a four-game series.
Jay Bruce hit a solo homer and drove in two, while Shin-Soo Choo also homered
and scored twice for the Reds, who took three of four in the series.
Tony Cingrani (7-3) was charged with two runs on four hits and three walks
while striking out seven over 5 1/3 innings to pick up the win.
David Freese hit a solo home run for the Cardinals, who have lost six of their
last eight games.
Lance Lynn (13-10) continued his struggles as he gave up four runs on seven
hits with four walks and six strikeouts over five innings of work to take the
loss. The right-hander has dropped five of his past six starts.
Both teams are chasing idle Pittsburgh for first place in the NL Central. The
Cardinals dropped to 1 1/2 games back, while the Reds moved to within three
games of the lead.
St. Louis and Cincinnati occupy the first and second wild card positions.
The Reds struck in the second inning on an RBI single from Brandon Phillips
and made it a 2-0 game in the third off of Frazier's solo shot to left.
In the fourth, Choo's solo homer to center, his 20th of the year, made it 3-0,
but the Cardinals got it back in the fifth on Freese's leadoff homer to
Bruce's solo homer in the fifth saw Cincinnati take a 4-1 lead, but Matt
Carpenter tripled with one out in the sixth and came home on a wild pitch from
Cingrani to make it a 4-2 contest.
In the bottom of the sixth, Choo singled with one out and Joey Votto later
walked before Bruce singled to center for a 5-2 lead.
Frazier's second home run of the game came in the seventh when he led off the
frame with a blast over the left field wall for his 15th home run of the
Aroldis Chapman stranded two men on base in the ninth to close out the
The Cardinals start a three-game series at home against Pittsburgh starting on
Friday ... Cincinnati hosts the Dodgers for three games beginning Friday ...
The Cardinals won 11 of the 19 games in the season series with the Reds.
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