DeJong, Lynn guide Car­di­nals to win against Reds

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL -

CINCIN­NATI — Paul DeJong is putting his rocky Au­gust start be­hind him.

The St. Louis rookie short­stop hit a two-run homer and Lance Lynn got past Joey Votto's first-in­ning home run to win his fourth straight start as the Car­di­nals eased past the Cincin­nati Reds 4-1 on Sat­ur­day night.

DeJong snapped an 0-for-16 slump with two hits on Fri­day and fol­lowed that up with his goa­head shot into the left field seats on a 1-0 fast­ball with one out in the third in­ning on Sat­ur­day. It was the Car­di­nals' first hit of the game. The homer was his 15th of the sea­son and first since July 25.

"Guys are mak­ing ad­just­ments on me," said DeJong, the first Car­di­nal to reach 15 homers this sea­son. "They know I'm ag­gres­sive in the zone and ag­gres­sive out­side the zone. I'm see­ing more pat­terns. It's kind of a cat-and-mouse game."

DeJong, the Na­tional League Rookie of the Month for July, needed 57 games to reach 15 homers with St. Louis af­ter hit­ting 13 in 48 at Triple-A Mem­phis.

"When you do it at Mem­phis, you don't know how it's go­ing to trans­late here," man­ager Mike Ma­theny said. "It's nice that he's been able to make the ad­just­ments. He's got a pretty spe­cial skill set."

Lynn (10-6), in his first start since the July 31 trade dead­line, re­tired 12 of the last 14 bat­ters he faced, walk­ing Votto twice. The right-han­der, who was ru­mored to pos­si­bly be on the block. lim­ited the Reds to three hits and a run with three walks and four strike­outs.

He never felt like he was au­di­tion­ing be­fore the dead­line, he said.

"I'm pitch­ing for one team to win, and I'm pitch­ing for my­self," he said. "I don't care what other teams think."

Se­ung Hwan Oh al­lowed a harm­less two-out sin­gle in the seventh, Tyler Lyons struck out all three bat­ters he faced in the eighth — in­clud­ing Votto look­ing to end the in­ning — and Trevor Rosen­thal worked around a walk and a sin­gle in the ninth for his eighth save in 10 chances.

The win was the Car­di­nals' first in six games at Cincin­nati this sea­son and the first in their last six over­all de­cided by more than one run.

Cincin­nati rookie Luis Castillo (2-5) strug­gled with his con­trol, ty­ing his sea­son and ca­reer high with

five walks and hit­ting two bat­ters while giv­ing up four runs — three earned. The Car­di­nals col­lected just three hits with four strike­outs in his 61/3 in­nings.

"I didn't have my best stuff," Castillo said through an in­ter­preter. "These are days you have to com­pete and stay longer in the game. Men­tally, I just stay 100 per­cent fo­cused and try to com­pete."

"I thought his stuff was re­ally good," man­ager Bryan Price." His com­mand wasn't there for him as much to­day. Four hits to­tal, but they had nine base run­ners via walks and hit by pitches. That kind of set the ta­ble for them."

Votto drove a 1-1 curve­ball into the right field seats for his 28th homer of the sea­son, one shy of match­ing his to­tal from last sea­son. Adam Du­vall fol­lowed with a drive that seemed to glance off cen­ter fielder Tommy Pham's glove and squarely hit the top of the out­field wall be­fore bounc­ing back on the field for a triple.

Lynn coaxed Scooter Ben­nett into fly­ing out to right field to end the threat.

"You don't want to let things snow­ball," Lynn said. "I made two bad pitches, and one cost me a run. The sec­ond one would've if Tommy hadn't got­ten a glove on it. Other than that, I thought it went pretty good."

The Car­di­nals pushed across two in­sur­ance runs in the seventh on Pham's bases-loaded in­field hit and a passed ball charged to Devin Me­so­raco. BRAVES 7, MARLINS 2 Mike Foltzynewicz had a ca­reer-high 11 strike­outs, Fred­die Free­man hit a three-run homer and At­lanta beat Mi­ami. Mi­ami led 1-0 in the sixth when Gian­carlo Stan­ton slugged his 36th homer, most in the ma­jors. One night af­ter home­r­ing twice, Stan­ton crushed Foltynewicz’s fast­ball deep into the seats in the left field, but the Braves took a 2-1 lead in the bot­tom of the in­ning on Free­man’s RBI sin­gle and Nick Markakis’ RBI dou­ble.

AMER­I­CAN LEAGUE

RANGERS 4, TWINS 1 Cole Hamels threw the 16th com­plete game of his ca­reer — his first in nearly two years — and turned in his most ef­fi­cient start of the sea­son to lead Texas past Min­nesota. With Hamels dom­i­nat­ing on the mound, No­mar Mazara’s first-in­ning, two-run homer off Kyle Gib­son (6-9) was all the of­fense Texas needed to beat the Twins.

RED SOX 4, WHITE SOX 1 An­drew Ben­in­tendi and Jackie Bradley Jr. hit two-run homers, and Drew Pomer­anz won a ca­reer-best fifth straight de­ci­sion to help Bos­ton beat Chicago. Pomer­anz (11-4) gave up Tim An­der­son’s homer on the sec­ond pitch of the game, but didn’t al­low an­other run be­fore leav­ing with a 4-1 lead with one out in the seventh. Since start­ing the sea­son 3-3, Pomer­anz has lost just once in 15 starts.

YAN­KEES 2, IN­DI­ANS 1 Brett Gard­ner and Ron­ald Tor­reyes made sen­sa­tional de­fen­sive plays in the ninth in­ning to save Aroldis Chap­man from an­other late-in­ning melt­down in Pro­gres­sive Field, and New York hung on to stop a four-game los­ing streak. Chap­man (4-2), mak­ing his first ap­pear­ance in Cleve­land since Game 7 of last year’s World Series for the Chicago Cubs, al­lowed a lead­off sin­gle in the ninth be­fore Jose Ramirez hit a fly to deep left that Gard­ner grabbed with a jump on the warn­ing track. Ed­win En­car­na­cion then hit a blooper to­ward right that Tor­reyes ran down with a dive.

BLUE JAYS 4, ASTROS 3 (10) Ryan Goins hit a tiebreak­ing RBI sin­gle in the 10th in­ning, and Toronto ral­lied to beat Hous­ton. Goins hit the two-out sin­gle to left field off Fran­cisco Liri­ano (6-7), and Rob Ref­s­ny­der touched home plate with his left hand just be­fore Brian McCann tagged him. The Astros chal­lenged the call, which stood af­ter a nearly two-minute re­view.

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