Gar­rett fal­ters as Cards surge

Reds rookie sparkles be­fore run­ning into trou­ble in third in­ning.

Dayton Daily News - - SPORTS -

ST. LOUIS — Luke Weaver threw six in­nings of two-hit ball, Tommy Pham drove in two runs and stole two bases, and the St. Louis Car­di­nals beat the Cincin­nati Reds 5-2 on Thurs­day.

The Car­di­nals, who are chas­ing the first-place Cubs in the Na­tional League Cen­tral and the Rock­ies in the wild-card stand­ings, have won five of their last

six and nine of 12. Weaver (6-1), a rookie righthander who has boosted the St. Louis ro­ta­tion, al­lowed one

un­earned run, struck out six and didn’t walk a bat­ter.

Weaver was 3-0 with a 1.71 ERA in four ap­pear­ances, in­clud­ing three starts, in June. He’s now 3-0 with a 0.99 ERA through his first three starts in Septem­ber.

Rookie left-han­der Amir Gar­rett (3-8) was charged with four runs in four in­nings. He struck out seven and walked five.

The Reds took a 1-0 lead in the sec­ond when Scott Schebler hit a dou­ble and scored with two outs when short­stop Paul DeJong mis­han­dled Phillip Ervin’s grounder.

Gar­rett struck out four con­sec­u­tive bat­ters be­fore run­ning into trou­ble with back-to-back, full-count walks with two outs in the third.

After a stolen base by Tommy Pham and a dou­ble steal by Pham and Paul DeJong, Jose Martinez came through with a full-count, two-run sin­gle to left to put St. Louis ahead.

Pham hit a two-run homer in the fifth, his 20th of the sea­son. With 21 stolen bases, he be­came the first Car­di­nal to record a 2 0/20 sea­son since Reg­gie San­ders in 2004.

The Car­di­nals cut down Joey Votto at home plate to end the Reds’ sev­enth, fol­low­ing Adam Du­vall’s dou­ble off the left field fence. DeJong took a re­lay toss from Har­ri­son Bader and threw home to Yadier Molina, pre­serv­ing the Car­di­nals’ three-run lead.

Note­wor­thy: Reds sec­ond base­man Scooter Gen­nett, who left Tues­day’s game with left hand in­flam­ma­tion, was not in the lineup for the sec­ond straight day and is con­sid­ered day to day.

Up next: Reds right-han­der Homer Bailey (4-8, 7.26) starts a three-game home se­ries against the Pirates and right-han­der Chad Kuhl (7-10, 4.21). Bailey is 0-1 with a 6.00 ERA in two Septem­ber starts.

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Reds starter Amir Gar­rett had four con­sec­u­tive strike­outs be­fore a bout with wild­ness in the third in­ning.

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