Rookie Luke Weaver shines again, Cardinals top Reds

ST. LOUIS (AP) Luke Weaver and Tommy Pham were teammates with Triple-A Memphis to open the 2017 season. Now they're helping the St. Louis Cardinals make a push toward the playoffs.

Weaver threw six innings of two-hit ball, Pham drove in two runs and stole two bases, and the Cardinals beat the Cincinnati Reds 5-2 on Thursday.

''I felt great,'' Weaver said. ''It's a close race we're in and we just needed the big win, and I'm just happy to contribute.''

The Cardinals, who are chasing the first-place Cubs in the NL 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 right-hander, allowed one unearned run, struck out six and didn't walk a batter.

''Outstanding job from Luke,'' Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. ''He's done a real nice job of taking advantage of the opportunity.''

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 in three starts this month.

''That guy, that bulldog, that everything he was in Memphis is exactly what he is up here and what he's going to be moving forward,'' Cardinals outfielder Harrison Bader said. ''He's found himself and he's just rolling with it and it's really fun to watch.''

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

''The walks hurt a bit today,'' Reds manager Bryan Price said. ''I thought after the first hitter of the game, (Matt) Carpenter, it looked like he got on a nice roll. It ended up being a catalyst to their scoring was three of the walks that came ahead of a two-run single and home run.''

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

''We needed somebody to put that shot in the arm for us and to give us that big hit,'' Matheny said.

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

''With everything I've gone through this year, to go out and have a 20/20 season is a proud moment, Pham said.

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

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cardinals: RHP Adam Wainwright (right elbow) threw a bullpen session before Thursday's game.

Reds: 2B 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: RHP Homer Bailey (4-8, 7.26) starts off a three-game home series against the Pirates and RHP Chad Kuhl (7-10, 4.21). Bailey is 0-1 with a 6.00 ERA in two September starts.

Cardinals: RHP Carlos Martinez (11-10, 3.33) opens a three-game series against the Cubs in Chicago opposite RHP John Lackey (11-11, 4.65). Martinez is 1-1 with a 3.19 ERA in four career starts at Wrigley Field.

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CardinalsSTL77-69
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  • W: L. Weaver (6-1)L: A. Garrett (3-8)
  • HR: STL - T. Pham (20)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Peraza 2B40000011.258.297.327.623-0.5
Z. Cozart SS40000000.300.391.545.9350.0
J. Votto 1B31100110.316.451.5781.0293.5
E. Suarez 3B40100022.270.378.481.8590.0
S. Schebler CF41210022.237.316.488.8046.0
A. Duvall LF40100002.250.298.494.7922.0
P. Ervin CF20000010.300.364.500.864-1.5
J. Stephens P0000-000.500.500.500.000-
a- J. Winker RF10000010.289.385.506.891-0.5
T. Barnhart C30100010.270.348.394.7420.5
A. Garrett P10000000.053.053.105.1580.0
P. Kivlehan RF20000021.206.294.394.688-1.0
A. Wojciechowski P00000000.071.071.071.1430.0
  • a-struck out for Stephens in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Carpenter 3B21000220.239.384.436.8202.0
T. Lyons P0000-000.000.500.000.000-
J. Brebbia P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- G. Garcia PH00010000.245.359.329.6881.0
J. Nicasio P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
T. Pham LF42221113.306.409.519.92814.5
P. DeJong SS21000212.287.324.538.8614.5
J. Martinez 1B40220002.318.381.545.9264.0
Y. Molina C40000005.280.317.444.7610.0
H. Bader CF31100100.273.310.455.7645.0
R. Grichuk RF40100022.238.283.469.7520.0
A. Mejia 3B30000010.114.139.200.339-0.5
L. Weaver P20000011.214.267.214.481-0.5
b- K. Wong 2B10000100.298.387.434.8211.0
  • a-hit a sacrifice fly for Brebbia in the 8th
  • b-grounded out for Weaver in the 6th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Votto (29), S. Schebler (25), A. Duvall (34)
  • 3B - S. Schebler (2)
  • RBI - S. Schebler (59)
  • 2-Out RBI - S. Schebler (29)
BATTING
  • 2B - T. Pham (19)
  • HR - T. Pham (20)
  • SF - G. Garcia
  • SH - A. Mejia
  • RBI - G. Garcia (18), T. Pham 2 (65), J. Martinez 2 (40)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Martinez 2 (10)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - P. Ervin
BASERUNNING
  • SB - T. Pham 2 (21), P. DeJong, H. Bader (2)
FIELDING
  • E - Z. Cozart (11)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - H. Bader
  • E - P. DeJong (10)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Garrett (L, 3-8)4.03445717.491.57-1.5
J. Stephens3.02000102.380.977.5
A. Wojciechowski1.01112006.291.43-1.0
PITCHERSIP
A. Garrett (L, 3-8)4.0
J. Stephens3.0
A. Wojciechowski1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
L. Weaver (W, 6-1)6.02100601.891.0329.0
T. Lyons (H, 13)1.01001202.421.082.0
J. Brebbia (H, 5)1.01000202.450.843.0
J. Nicasio1.02110102.781.080.5
PITCHERSIP
L. Weaver (W, 6-1)6.0
T. Lyons (H, 13)1.0
J. Brebbia (H, 5)1.0
J. Nicasio1.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - A. Wojciechowski
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Garrett 89-46, J. Stephens 32-21, A. Wojciechowski 23-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Garrett 3-3, J. Stephens 2-6, A. Wojciechowski 1-2
  • Batters Faced - A. Garrett 21, J. Stephens 11, A. Wojciechowski 6
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - L. Weaver 98-66, T. Lyons 19-11, J. Brebbia 14-10, J. Nicasio 23-16
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Weaver 9-3, J. Nicasio 1-1
  • Batters Faced - L. Weaver 20, T. Lyons 4, J. Brebbia 4, J. Nicasio 5
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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RedsCIN63-84
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CardinalsSTL77-69
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HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Peraza 2B40000011.258.297.327.623-0.5
Z. Cozart SS40000000.300.391.545.9350.0
J. Votto 1B31100110.316.451.5781.0293.5
E. Suarez 3B40100022.270.378.481.8590.0
S. Schebler CF41210022.237.316.488.8046.0
A. Duvall LF40100002.250.298.494.7922.0
P. Ervin CF20000010.300.364.500.864-1.5
J. Stephens P0000-000.500.500.500.000-
a- J. Winker RF10000010.289.385.506.891-0.5
T. Barnhart C30100010.270.348.394.7420.5
A. Garrett P10000000.053.053.105.1580.0
P. Kivlehan RF20000021.206.294.394.688-1.0
A. Wojciechowski P00000000.071.071.071.1430.0
Total3226101118-----
  • a-struck out for Stephens in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Carpenter 3B21000220.239.384.436.8202.0
T. Lyons P0000-000.000.500.000.000-
J. Brebbia P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- G. Garcia PH00010000.245.359.329.6881.0
J. Nicasio P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
T. Pham LF42221113.306.409.519.92814.5
P. DeJong SS21000212.287.324.538.8614.5
J. Martinez 1B40220002.318.381.545.9264.0
Y. Molina C40000005.280.317.444.7610.0
H. Bader CF31100100.273.310.455.7645.0
R. Grichuk RF40100022.238.283.469.7520.0
A. Mejia 3B30000010.114.139.200.339-0.5
L. Weaver P20000011.214.267.214.481-0.5
b- K. Wong 2B10000100.298.387.434.8211.0
Total2956517815-----
  • a-hit a sacrifice fly for Brebbia in the 8th
  • b-grounded out for Weaver in the 6th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Votto (29), S. Schebler (25), A. Duvall (34)
  • 3B - S. Schebler (2)
  • RBI - S. Schebler (59)
  • 2-Out RBI - S. Schebler (29)
BATTING
  • 2B - T. Pham (19)
  • HR - T. Pham (20)
  • SF - G. Garcia
  • SH - A. Mejia
  • RBI - G. Garcia (18), T. Pham 2 (65), J. Martinez 2 (40)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Martinez 2 (10)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - P. Ervin
BASERUNNING
  • SB - T. Pham 2 (21), P. DeJong, H. Bader (2)
FIELDING
  • E - Z. Cozart (11)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - H. Bader
  • E - P. DeJong (10)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Garrett (L, 3-8)4.03445717.491.57-1.5
J. Stephens3.02000102.380.977.5
A. Wojciechowski1.01112006.291.43-1.0
Total8.0655781---
PITCHERSIP
A. Garrett (L, 3-8)4.0
J. Stephens3.0
A. Wojciechowski1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
L. Weaver (W, 6-1)6.02100601.891.0329.0
T. Lyons (H, 13)1.01001202.421.082.0
J. Brebbia (H, 5)1.01000202.450.843.0
J. Nicasio1.02110102.781.080.5
Total9.06211110---
PITCHERSIP
L. Weaver (W, 6-1)6.0
T. Lyons (H, 13)1.0
J. Brebbia (H, 5)1.0
J. Nicasio1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - A. Wojciechowski
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Garrett 89-46, J. Stephens 32-21, A. Wojciechowski 23-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Garrett 3-3, J. Stephens 2-6, A. Wojciechowski 1-2
  • Batters Faced - A. Garrett 21, J. Stephens 11, A. Wojciechowski 6
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - L. Weaver 98-66, T. Lyons 19-11, J. Brebbia 14-10, J. Nicasio 23-16
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Weaver 9-3, J. Nicasio 1-1
  • Batters Faced - L. Weaver 20, T. Lyons 4, J. Brebbia 4, J. Nicasio 5
  • 9TH INNING
    Schebler tripled to deep center, Votto scored25
  • 8TH INNING
    Garcia hit sacrifice fly to right, Bader scored15
  • 5TH INNING
    Pham homered to right, Carpenter scored14
  • 3RD INNING
    Martinez singled to left, Pham and DeJong scored12
  • 2ND INNING
    Ervin safe at first on shortstop DeJong fielding error, Schebler scored10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Juan Nicasio pitching
    • Z. Cozart: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Cozart grounded out to second
    • J. Votto: Foul, Ball, Ball, Votto doubled to right
    • E. Suarez: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Suarez struck out on foul tip
    • S. Schebler: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Schebler tripled to deep center, Votto scored
    • A. Duvall: Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Duvall fouled out to first
    • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • John Brebbia relieved Tyler Lyons
    • Jesse Winker hit for Jackson Stephens
    • J. Winker: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Winker struck out on foul tip
    • T. Barnhart: Barnhart singled to left
    • P. Kivlehan: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Kivlehan struck out looking
    • J. Peraza: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Peraza popped out to second
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Asher Wojciechowski pitching
    • H. Bader: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bader walked
    • R. Grichuk: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Grichuk singled to left, Bader to second
    • A. Mejia: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Mejia hit sacrifice bunt to first, Bader to third, Grichuk to second
    • K. Wong: Wong intentionally walked
    • Greg Garcia hit for John Brebbia
    • G. Garcia: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Garcia hit sacrifice fly to right, Bader scored
    • T. Pham: Pham flied out to right
    • End of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Tyler Lyons pitching
    • J. Votto: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Votto walked
    • E. Suarez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Suarez struck out looking
    • S. Schebler: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Schebler struck out swinging
    • A. Duvall: Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Duvall doubled to left center, Votto out at home
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Stephens Pitching:
    • T. Pham: Ball, Foul, Pham doubled to right center
    • P. DeJong: Ball, Foul, DeJong fouled out to first
    • J. Martinez: Martinez grounded out to shortstop
    • Y. Molina: Foul, Ball, Ball, Molina flied out to left
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • L. Weaver Pitching:
    • P. Kivlehan: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Kivlehan struck out swinging
    • J. Peraza: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Wong lined out to second
    • Z. Cozart: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Cozart grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Stephens Pitching:
    • A. Mejia: Ball, Mejia popped out to shortstop
    • Kolten Wong hit for Luke Weaver
    • K. Wong: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Wong grounded out to third
    • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Carpenter struck out looking
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • L. Weaver Pitching:
    • A. Duvall: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Duvall lined out to left
    • P. Ervin: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ervin struck out swinging
    • T. Barnhart: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Barnhart grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Garrett Pitching:
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Carpenter walked
    • T. Pham: Ball, Pham homered to right, Carpenter scored
    • P. DeJong: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, DeJong walked
    • Jackson Stephens pitching
    • Patrick Kivlehan in right
    • J. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Martinez flied out to deep center
    • Y. Molina: Pickoff attempt, Molina flied out to right
    • H. Bader: Pickoff attempt, Bader singled to left center, DeJong to third
    • R. Grichuk: Strike looking, Bader stole second, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Grichuk flied out to left
    • End of the 5th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • L. Weaver Pitching:
    • Z. Cozart: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Cozart grounded out to third
    • J. Votto: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Votto grounded out to second
    • E. Suarez: Strike looking, Foul, Suarez singled to right center
    • S. Schebler: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Schebler struck out looking
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • A. Garrett Pitching:
    • H. Bader: Bader flied out to left
    • R. Grichuk: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Grichuk struck out looking
    • A. Mejia: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Mejia safe at first on shortstop Cozart fielding error, Mejia to second
    • L. Weaver: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Weaver grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 3RD INNING
    • L. Weaver Pitching:
    • T. Barnhart: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Barnhart struck out swinging
    • A. Garrett: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Garrett grounded out to third
    • J. Peraza: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Peraza struck out on foul tip
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Garrett Pitching:
    • L. Weaver: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Weaver struck out swinging
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Carpenter struck out swinging
    • T. Pham: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pham walked
    • P. DeJong: Ball, Pham stole second, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, DeJong walked
    • J. Martinez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pham stole third DeJong to second, Foul, Ball, Martinez singled to left, Pham and DeJong scored
    • Y. Molina: Ball, Strike looking, Molina flied out to right
    • End of the 3rd (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • L. Weaver Pitching:
    • E. Suarez: Ball, Suarez grounded out to pitcher
    • S. Schebler: Ball, Ball, Schebler doubled to deep right
    • A. Duvall: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Duvall grounded out to pitcher, Schebler to third
    • P. Ervin: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ervin safe at first on shortstop DeJong fielding error, Schebler scored
    • T. Barnhart: Pickoff attempt, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ervin caught stealing, catcher to shortstop
    • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
    • A. Garrett Pitching:
    • H. Bader: Ball, Ball, Bader flied out to shallow right
    • R. Grichuk: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Grichuk struck out swinging
    • A. Mejia: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Mejia struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • L. Weaver Pitching:
    • J. Peraza: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Peraza grounded out to second
    • Z. Cozart: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Cozart flied out to left
    • J. Votto: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Votto struck out looking
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Garrett Pitching:
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Carpenter walked
    • T. Pham: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Pham struck out swinging
    • P. DeJong: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, DeJong struck out swinging
    • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Martinez reached on an infield single to third, Carpenter to second
    • Y. Molina: Foul, Molina reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Martinez out at second
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)