(BaseballStL) — Things would become a lot less tense in the ninth, when Matt Adams stretched the Cardinal lead to 5-0.
After a one-out walk by Jon Jay was followed by a Holliday single, Logan Ondrusek was called on to face Adams.
The Cardinal first baseman got the best of him, hitting a towering 433 foot homer to right center, his 15th of the year.
The jack gave the Cards a five-run cushion into the final three outs, allowing Sam Freeman to come on for the close.
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Miller was finally pulled in the eighth, having thrown seven scoreless innings in just 81 pitches. He allowed only three hits while striking out four.
Pat Neshek came in for him when he allowed a single to Brandon Phillips. The All Star reliever got a fly ball and a double play grounder to get out of the inning.
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After 5.2 scoreless innings by Holmberg, the Reds brought in Manny Parra to hold the tie. The reliever would make it just one out, giving up two runs.
Randal Grichuk began the seventh inning with an opposite field double, in the game as a replacement for Oscar Taveras.
Kolten Wong hit a ball toward the hole at short, forcing Zack Cozart to his right. The play meant Cozart’s only option was to throw to third, and Grichuk beat the throw to put men on the corners.
Shelby Miller would change that, dropping a sacrifice bunt down with two strikes to put both runners in scoring position for Matt Carpenter.
The Cardinal third baseman slapped a broken bat single to into shallow right, scoring Grichuk easily. Wong read the ball perfectly from second base and came around third at full speed. He beat the throw by an inch, sliding in just ahead of the tag from Devin Mesoraco for the second run.
Jon Jay walked behind Carpenter to keep the line moving, bringing up Matt Holliday. The Reds countered with Sam LeCure, who got the Cardinal RBI machine to pop out in the infield.
Matt Adams appeared to end the inning with a strikeout, but the ball skipped away and he ended up on first. It was reliever Ryan Dennick’s only batter, as the Reds went to the bullpen for the third time in search of a righty to face Jhonny Peralta.
Pedro Villareal was tapped and ended the inning with a strike out of the Cardinal shortstop.
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The Cardinals got to Holmberg in the fourth inning, loading the bases but coming away empty.
Jon Jay began the inning with a leadoff single, moving to second when Matt Adams walked with one out. Matt Holliday took a called third strike in between, but Holmberg walked Jhonny Peralta to load the bases.
Yadier Molina took a called third when he got fooled on a breaking ball, leaving it up to Oscar Taveras. After getting ahead 3-1 the rookie popped out to third.
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The Reds, who have been hampered by injuries all year long, lost Monday’s starter after just seven pitches.
Dylan Axelrod appeared to injure himself when he released ball two to Jon Jay and walked off the mound shortly after. Cincinnati brought in David Holmberg to take the ball, and he got the final two outs of the inning.
There is no word on the cause of Axelrod’s injury.
Shelby Miller moved through his half of the first without any trouble, getting the Reds in order.