(BaseballStL) — In what appeared to be a repeat of last Wednesday’s action, the Reds and Cardinals traded runs early.
Lance Lynn Déjà vu-ed his way through the first, giving up three runs on two hits and a sac fly. Though he was ahead of most hitters, he couldn’t put them away.
Want to take Cardinal news with you wherever you go? Download the mobile app.
The Cardinal starter was 0-1 on Brandon Phillips and gave up a double, 0-1 on Joey Votto and hit him, 1-2 on Jay Bruce and gave up a triple, and 1-2 on Ryan Ludwick before giving up a sacrifice fly to make it a three-run lead for Cincinnati.
He would give up another in the top of the second after surrendering a double to Devin Mesoraco and a single to the speedy Billy Hamilton.
St. Louis would match the Reds in the bottom half, beginning the salvo with a Yadier Molina home run. The 401-footer to left was Molina’s third of the season, making him a quarter of the way to his 2013 total already.
Matt Adams continued his whatever-it-takes style of success at the plate, beating out a soft grounder to short. Peter Bourjos built on his home opener success, and followed a Jhonny Peralta strike out with a roped single into left.
Lynn hoofed it down the line on his grounder, turning a double play into a simple force out. Bourjos, finally able to unleash his speed, went to third on the throw to first, making it first and third for Matt Carpenter.
The 2013 All Star took the sixth pitch of the at bat up the middle, making it a two-run game. Kolten Wong followed that act with a laser into the right field corner, clearing the bases and notching an easy triple. It was both his first three-bagger and his first RBIs as a Cardinal.
The Reds would find another run in the fifth when Votto and Bruce strung back-to-back hits, and Ludwick grounded out to score the former.
Votto and Bruce are now 8-for-10 on the season against Lynn.
In the bottom of the sixth, Bourjos would once again show his speed, poking a ball past Votto at first and never slowing down on his way to second base.
Descalso would bunt him over to third, and after Carpenter took a pitch off the arm, Matt Holliday drove both in with a double to the right field wall.
But the Cardinal center fielder wasn't done. In the seventh, Molina continued his pounding of Cincinnati, doubling to left. Adams popped out and Peralta walked, setting up Bourjos for one more chance at the dish.
He ripped a single into center, scoring Molina and giving the Birds a two-run cushion.
It would prove to be enough, as Carlos Martinez and Trevor Rosenthal mowed down the Reds to close out the game, and assure the Cardinals a series win.