By: Zane Miller
Photo Credit: Jamie Sabau/Getty Images
The Reds fell in the first game of their series against the St. Louis Cardinals 7-6 in 10 innings on Friday night.
The game started out with the Cardinals scoring a run in the first inning on a solo homer from first baseman Jose Martinez, followed by another solo shot in the second inning by shortstop Yairo Munoz. However, the Reds cut the lead in half in the bottom of the inning with shortstop Jose Peraza getting an RBI groundout, but the Cardinals responded with a big third inning as Martinez hit a three run home run. Once again the Reds began to chip away at the lead in the bottom of the inning as second baseman Scooter Gennett hit an RBI double to make it 5-2. In the fifth, left fielder Jesse Winker drew a bases loaded walk, while in the sixth first baseman Joey Votto hit an RBI single to cut the lead down to one run. The seventh saw the Cardinals add an important insurance run with third baseman Matt Carpenter hitting an RBI single, but the Reds came back in the ninth as Votto got an RBI single and Winker came through again with another RBI single, sending the game into extra innings. It didn’t take long for the Cardinals to score the go ahead run as in the tenth, third baseman Jedd Gyorko hit an RBI single, which eventually became the game winning run as the Reds were unable to score again and the Cardinals took the 7-6 win.
Cardinals starting pitcher Luke Weaver pitched five innings, allowing four earned runs on seven hits and five walks in the no decision, while Matt Harvey gave up five earned runs on four hits and three walks in six innings, also getting the no decision. Cardinals reliever Bud Norris took the win, while fellow reliever John Brebbia earned the save.
The teams will next play on Saturday afternoon.