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St. Louis at Cincinnati

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Frazier's 3-run HR leads Reds over Cardinals

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CINCINNATI -- Todd Frazier needed one at-bat to get used to his new place in the order.

Moved into the second spot as Cincinnati tries to get through its stretch of injuries, Frazier struck out his first time up against Shelby Miller. The next time, he had the swing that changed the game.

Frazier hit a three-run homer off Miller, who had won his last six decisions, and Devin Mesoraco added a solo shot as the Reds beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-3 on Friday night and tightened the top of the NL Central.

The Reds moved within three games of the second-place Cardinals, who have won seven of their last nine games while staying right behind the division-leading Brewers.

Cincinnati is 3-4 against St. Louis this season and trying to end a longstanding trend this weekend. The Reds have lost nine of their last 10 series against the Cardinals.

Frazier is more accustomed to batting in the middle of the order, but got moved up as manager Bryan Price tries to get by without injured No. 3 hitter Joey Votto.

"My first time up, I couldn't see," Frazier said. "I was confused. I'm not used to batting in the first inning.

"The next time, I wanted to see what kind of damage I could do with runner on base. I got a pitch I could see."

Miller (6-3) lost his first two starts before winning six straight decisions, the best such streak of his career. He allowed five runs in five innings, including Frazier's ninth homer in the third inning off a pitch that was up in the strike zone.

Homer Bailey (4-3) escaped numerous threats during his six innings. Aroldis Chapman gave up a hit in the ninth while getting his fourth save in five chances, with his fastball topping out at 102 mph.

Bailey was coming off his worst start of the season. He lasted only 3 2-3 innings and gave up a season-high six runs during a 12-1 loss at Philadelphia on Saturday. The right-hander is only 6-10 career against St. Louis, by far his most losses against any team. He gave up eight hits -- all singles -- and three runs, including Allen Craig's two-run single in the fourth.

"With this team, it's kind of weird," Bailey said. "I'm usually really good or really bad. Today was kind of in-between. I tried to limit the damage. I'm glad I was able to hold them to singles."

Jhonny Peralta drove in another by hitting into a fielder's choice in the sixth. Bailey avoided further damage by picking Peralta off second base to end the inning with pinch-hitter Jon Jay batting.

"You don't see it much anymore," Bailey said of the pickoff at second base. "I knew a good throw would get him."

The Reds had right fielder Jay Bruce back in the starting lineup. He hadn't played since surgery on May 5 to repair torn cartilage in his left knee. Cincinnati is still missing Votto, on the disabled list with a strained muscle above his left knee.

Bruce doubled and scored on Brayan Pena's sacrifice fly in the fourth inning for a 4-2 lead. Bruce also struck out twice and grounded out with two runners aboard to end the seventh.

Pena played first base and made a saving defensive play to open the eighth. He dived to the line to get Matt Holliday's leadoff grounder and, while still on his chest, flipped the ball to Jonathan Broxton covering the base to get the out.

Reds leadoff hitter Billy Hamilton walked, reached on a fielder's choice and stole a pair of bases without drawing a throw on either one, giving him 18 this season.

Notes

A pair of lefties will start the second game of the series. Jaime Garcia is 9-2 career against the Reds, his most wins against any team. He'll face Tony Cingrani (2-3). ... The Cardinals sold the contract of OF Joey Butler to the Orix Buffaloes in Japan. The Cardinals had outright release waivers on Butler, who was at Triple-A Memphis. ... The Reds revamped their bench for the series, calling up OF Donald Lutz from Triple-A Louisville and sending INF Neftali Soto back down. ... RHP Mat Latos is expected to begin a rehab stint on Sunday with Louisville. He hasn't pitched this season because of torn knee cartilage and a strained right forearm.

 
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Todd Frazier connects for a three-run home run as the struggling Reds knock off the Cardinals.  (USATSI)
Todd Frazier connects for a three-run home run as the struggling Reds knock off the Cardinals. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Cincinnati

T. Frazier
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
St. Louis

A. Craig
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 
St. Louis Cardinals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Matt Carpenter, 3B4120011 .271
Kolten Wong, 2B2110201 .255
Matt Holliday, LF4000003 .261
Allen Craig, RF4122000 .244
Yadier Molina, C4010010 .327
Matt Adams, 1B4010012 .313
Jhonny Peralta, SS4001012 .251
Peter Bourjos, CF3010010 .227
   Seth Maness, P0000000 .000
   Kevin Siegrist, P0000000 .000
   a-Mark Ellis, PH1010000 .188
Shelby Miller, P2000010 .150
   b-Jon Jay, PH-CF1010000 .272
   c-Shane Robinson, PH1000001 .192
Totals34310326  
a-singled for Siegrist in the 9th
b-?? for Miller in the 6th
c-flied out for Jay in the 9th
Batting
RBI - Allen Craig 2 (22), Jhonny Peralta (21)
PK - Jhonny Peralta (1, Bailey)
Team LOB - 6
St. Louis Cardinals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Shelby Miller (L,6-3) 5544151 3.18
Seth Maness 1.2411011 2.79
Kevin Siegrist 1.1000010 3.60
Pitches-Strikes - Shelby Miller 80-51, Seth Maness 30-23, Kevin Siegrist 11-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Shelby Miller 4-6, Seth Maness 2-2, Kevin Siegrist 1-2
Batters Faced - Shelby Miller 21, Seth Maness 9, Kevin Siegrist 4
Cincinnati Reds
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Billy Hamilton, CF3100101 .252
Todd Frazier, 3B4123010 .273
Brandon Phillips, 2B4010021 .277
Jay Bruce, RF4110022 .217
Devin Mesoraco, C4111001 .406
Ryan Ludwick, LF4010020 .246
   Donald Lutz, 1B0000000 .000
Brayan Pena, 1B3121000 .265
   Aroldis Chapman, P0000000 .000
Zack Cozart, SS3000002 .222
Homer Bailey, P1010000 .267
   Manny Parra, P0000000 .000
   a-Roger Bernadina, PH1000000 .133
   Jonathan Broxton, P0000000 .000
   Chris Heisey, LF0000000 .229
Totals3159517  
a-grounded out for Parra in the 7th
Batting
2B - Jay Bruce (5, Miller)
HR - Todd Frazier (9, Miller), Devin Mesoraco (5, Maness)
SF - Brayan Pena (2)
SH - Homer Bailey (3)
RBI - Todd Frazier 3 (27), Devin Mesoraco (18), Brayan Pena (11)
2-OUT RBI - Todd Frazier 3 (12)
SB - Billy Hamilton 2 (18, 2nd base off Miller/Molina)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Frazier-B. Phillips-B. Pena, Frazier-B. Phillips-B. Pena-Parra-B. Pena
Cincinnati Reds
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Homer Bailey (W,4-3) 6833240 5.34
Manny Parra (H,6) 1100010 5.40
Jonathan Broxton (H,3) 1000000 0.69
Aroldis Chapman (S,4) 1100010 2.57
Pitches-Strikes - Homer Bailey 95-64, Manny Parra 6-5, Jonathan Broxton 5-5, Aroldis Chapman 21-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Homer Bailey 8-4, Jonathan Broxton 3-0, Aroldis Chapman 1-1
Batters Faced - Homer Bailey 26, Manny Parra 3, Jonathan Broxton 3, Aroldis Chapman 4
Game Information
Attendance - 37271
Game Time - 2:35
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Bill Miller, First Base - Victor Carapazza, Second Base - Adam Hamari, Third Base - Jim Wolf