Grichuk, Gyorko homer, lead Cardinals over Reds 8-2

ST. LOUIS (AP) Randal Grichuk looks good since his return from Triple-A. So does the St. Louis lineup.

Grichuk homered for the second straight game and the Cardinals broke out the bats again for an 8-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Monday.

''I feel good with where I'm at mentally and I feel good with where I'm at mechanically with my swing,'' Grichuk said.

''It's one of those things, I think I'm more of a guy who kind of thrives off almost playing stupid - just going up there and seeing ball, hit ball and not overthinking my swing and my stance and how I feel and just letting the body take over.''

Grichuk, who was hitting .222 when he was demoted last month, is 4 for 10 with two homers, four RBIs and three runs scored since his recall on Sunday. His two-run homer in the fourth inning was his sixth of the season.

The Cardinals avoided a three-game sweep with an 8-4 win over the Pirates on Sunday night. On Monday, a makeup from the April 29 contest that was postponed because of severe weather, they scored eight more runs on 13 hits.

Grichuk and Jedd Gyorko each had two hits, including a homer, and three RBIs. Tommy Pham had two hits, walked twice, stole a base and scored three runs. Paul DeJong added three hits.

''They hit a lot of bad pitches and that's what good teams do,'' Reds manager Bryan Price said. ''I just said the same thing about the Nationals. It's not a matter of having to consistently hit good pitches, it's taking the mistakes that you get and not missing them and not taking and not fouling them back, not hooking them down the line just foul there and putting it on the barrel.''

St. Louis gave starter Michael Wacha (4-3) more than enough support.

Wacha, who began the day with an 8.17 ERA over his last seven starts, limited the Reds to one run on five hits in six innings. He struck out five and walked one.

''I thought he was great,'' Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. ''He did a nice job establishing the bottom of the zone. I think we saw the kind of swing and misses that we were hoping for with the changeup. I do believe that curveball has become a much better pitch. He's using it to steal strikes. He's also using it to put guys away.''

Brandon Finnegan (1-1) was activated off the disabled list after missing more than two months because of a shoulder problem. The lefty exited in the fourth with a strained left triceps, an injury he said was different than his previous issue.

Finnegan gave up three runs in the first inning. He allowed three hits and four walks overall.

Pham, starting in the leadoff spot for the first time this season, manufactured the first run. He drew a walk, tagged up and took second base on a routine flyout to left-center field, stole third and scored on a passed ball when Stephen Piscotty walked.

''That was great,'' Gyorko said. ''I haven't seen something quite like that in a while and it wasn't on normal plays that you would see. Just great hustle plays and got us a run, got us on the board early and Michael took care of the rest.''

Adam Duvall had a pair of sacrifice flies for the Reds.

STREAKING

Gyorko's shot extended the Cardinals' streak to 15 consecutive games with a home run. . The Reds have allowed a home run in 19 straight games, a franchise record. . Yadier Molina's third-inning single extended his hitting string to 12 games.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Reds: The Reds activated Finnegan off the DL and optioned RHP Lisalverto Bonilla to Triple-A Louisville. . RHP Bronson Arroyo (right shoulder) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.

Cardinals: 2B Kolten Wong (right triceps strain) could begin a rehab assignment this week.

UP NEXT

Reds: RHP Tim Adleman (4-4, 4.30) will open a three-game home series against Milwaukee on Tuesday night. He is 2-2 with a 2.68 ERA in his last six starts.

Cardinals: RHP Carlos Martinez (6-6, 2.87) will open a three-game series at Arizona on Tuesday night. He is 2-5 with a 4.29 ERA in seven road starts this season.

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  • W: M. Wacha (4-3)L: B. Finnegan (1-1)
  • HR: STL - R. Grichuk (6), J. Gyorko (12)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. Peraza SS40200000.257.285.341.6251.0
S. Gennett 2B42100011.306.344.584.9282.5
J. Votto 1B30200100.305.416.5881.0054.0
A. Duvall LF20120000.274.320.531.8513.0
E. Suarez 3B30000014.263.360.459.819-0.5
W. Peralta P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- B. Hamilton PH10100000.237.287.308.5961.0
M. Lorenzen P0000-000.143.143.571.000-
S. Schebler RF40200013.260.332.548.8802.5
D. Mesoraco C40000013.250.359.500.859-0.5
P. Kivlehan CF40000021.238.312.429.740-1.0
B. Finnegan P10000000.000.000.000.0000.0
A. Brice P10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
A. Alcantara 3B20000001.213.224.320.5440.0
  • a-singled for Peralta in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
T. Pham CF33210210.281.371.488.8589.5
R. Grichuk LF51231003.232.283.412.6959.0
S. Piscotty RF41200112.254.364.414.7784.5
J. Gyorko 3B31231111.298.358.519.8779.5
T. Lyons P0000-000.000.500.000.000-
a- J. Martinez PH10000001.279.321.500.8210.0
J. Brebbia P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
Y. Molina C40100013.268.300.423.7220.5
L. Voit 1B40100014.250.400.500.9001.5
P. DeJong 2B41300000.286.294.524.8185.0
A. Diaz SS40000024.253.286.388.674-1.0
M. Wacha P10000001.048.048.048.0950.0
b- G. Garcia PH-3B11000000.202.331.269.6002.0
  • a-lined out for Lyons in the 8th
  • b-hit by pitch for Wacha in the 6th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Votto (17), S. Schebler (12)
  • SF - A. Duvall 2 (5)
  • RBI - A. Duvall 2 (50)
BATTING
  • 2B - S. Piscotty (11), L. Voit, P. DeJong (5)
  • HR - R. Grichuk (6), J. Gyorko (12)
  • SH - M. Wacha (4)
  • RBI - T. Pham (23), R. Grichuk 3 (23), J. Gyorko 3 (35)
  • 2-Out RBI - T. Pham (6), R. Grichuk 2 (6)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - J. Peraza (4)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - T. Pham (7)
FIELDING
  • E - S. Gennett (3)
  • PB - D. Mesoraco 2 (2)
FIELDING
  • E - J. Gyorko (5)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
B. Finnegan (L, 1-1)3.03334214.151.69-5.0
A. Brice2.09550315.471.37-6.5
W. Peralta2.00000103.711.096.5
M. Lorenzen1.01000103.351.192.5
PITCHERSIP
B. Finnegan (L, 1-1)3.0
A. Brice2.0
W. Peralta2.0
M. Lorenzen1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Wacha (W, 4-3)6.05111504.501.4723.5
T. Lyons2.04110104.221.411.5
J. Brebbia1.00000102.510.633.5
PITCHERSIP
M. Wacha (W, 4-3)6.0
T. Lyons2.0
J. Brebbia1.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - A. Brice (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - B. Finnegan 55-30, A. Brice 54-37, W. Peralta 18-12, M. Lorenzen 13-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Finnegan 4-2, A. Brice 3-0, W. Peralta 4-0, M. Lorenzen 1-1
  • Batters Faced - B. Finnegan 15, A. Brice 16, W. Peralta 5, M. Lorenzen 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Wacha 88-61, T. Lyons 36-27, J. Brebbia 6-6
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Wacha 7-5, T. Lyons 2-3, J. Brebbia 1-1
  • Batters Faced - M. Wacha 23, T. Lyons 10, J. Brebbia 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. Peraza SS40200000.257.285.341.6251.0
S. Gennett 2B42100011.306.344.584.9282.5
J. Votto 1B30200100.305.416.5881.0054.0
A. Duvall LF20120000.274.320.531.8513.0
E. Suarez 3B30000014.263.360.459.819-0.5
W. Peralta P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- B. Hamilton PH10100000.237.287.308.5961.0
M. Lorenzen P0000-000.143.143.571.000-
S. Schebler RF40200013.260.332.548.8802.5
D. Mesoraco C40000013.250.359.500.859-0.5
P. Kivlehan CF40000021.238.312.429.740-1.0
B. Finnegan P10000000.000.000.000.0000.0
A. Brice P10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
A. Alcantara 3B20000001.213.224.320.5440.0
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  • a-singled for Peralta in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
T. Pham CF33210210.281.371.488.8589.5
R. Grichuk LF51231003.232.283.412.6959.0
S. Piscotty RF41200112.254.364.414.7784.5
J. Gyorko 3B31231111.298.358.519.8779.5
T. Lyons P0000-000.000.500.000.000-
a- J. Martinez PH10000001.279.321.500.8210.0
J. Brebbia P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
Y. Molina C40100013.268.300.423.7220.5
L. Voit 1B40100014.250.400.500.9001.5
P. DeJong 2B41300000.286.294.524.8185.0
A. Diaz SS40000024.253.286.388.674-1.0
M. Wacha P10000001.048.048.048.0950.0
b- G. Garcia PH-3B11000000.202.331.269.6002.0
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  • a-lined out for Lyons in the 8th
  • b-hit by pitch for Wacha in the 6th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Votto (17), S. Schebler (12)
  • SF - A. Duvall 2 (5)
  • RBI - A. Duvall 2 (50)
BATTING
  • 2B - S. Piscotty (11), L. Voit, P. DeJong (5)
  • HR - R. Grichuk (6), J. Gyorko (12)
  • SH - M. Wacha (4)
  • RBI - T. Pham (23), R. Grichuk 3 (23), J. Gyorko 3 (35)
  • 2-Out RBI - T. Pham (6), R. Grichuk 2 (6)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - J. Peraza (4)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - T. Pham (7)
FIELDING
  • E - S. Gennett (3)
  • PB - D. Mesoraco 2 (2)
FIELDING
  • E - J. Gyorko (5)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
B. Finnegan (L, 1-1)3.03334214.151.69-5.0
A. Brice2.09550315.471.37-6.5
W. Peralta2.00000103.711.096.5
M. Lorenzen1.01000103.351.192.5
Total8.01388472---
PITCHERSIP
B. Finnegan (L, 1-1)3.0
A. Brice2.0
W. Peralta2.0
M. Lorenzen1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Wacha (W, 4-3)6.05111504.501.4723.5
T. Lyons2.04110104.221.411.5
J. Brebbia1.00000102.510.633.5
Total9.0922170---
PITCHERSIP
M. Wacha (W, 4-3)6.0
T. Lyons2.0
J. Brebbia1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - A. Brice (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - B. Finnegan 55-30, A. Brice 54-37, W. Peralta 18-12, M. Lorenzen 13-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Finnegan 4-2, A. Brice 3-0, W. Peralta 4-0, M. Lorenzen 1-1
  • Batters Faced - B. Finnegan 15, A. Brice 16, W. Peralta 5, M. Lorenzen 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Wacha 88-61, T. Lyons 36-27, J. Brebbia 6-6
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Wacha 7-5, T. Lyons 2-3, J. Brebbia 1-1
  • Batters Faced - M. Wacha 23, T. Lyons 10, J. Brebbia 3
  • 8TH INNING
    Duvall hit sacrifice fly to center, Gennett scored28
  • 6TH INNING
    Gyorko singled to center, Pham scored, Grichuk to third, Piscotty to second18
    Grichuk singled to left, Garcia scored, Pham to second17
  • 4TH INNING
    Grichuk homered to center, Pham scored16
    Pham singled to left center, DeJong scored14
    Duvall hit sacrifice fly to right, Gennett scored13
  • 1ST INNING
    Gyorko homered to left center, Piscotty scored03
    Pham scored on passed ball01
  • 9TH INNING
    • John Brebbia pitching
    • D. Mesoraco: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Mesoraco struck out swinging
    • P. Kivlehan: Kivlehan popped out to shortstop
    • A. Alcantara: Strike looking, Alcantara grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • T. Lyons Pitching:
    • J. Peraza: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Peraza singled to right center
    • S. Gennett: Foul, Foul, Gennett reached on fielder's choice to first, Peraza out at second
    • J. Votto: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Votto doubled to shallow right, Gennett to third
    • A. Duvall: Ball, Foul, Duvall hit sacrifice fly to center, Gennett scored
    • Billy Hamilton hit for Wandy Peralta
    • B. Hamilton: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Hamilton reached on an infield single to shortstop, Votto to third
    • S. Schebler: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Schebler flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Michael Lorenzen pitching
    • T. Pham: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pham struck out swinging
    • R. Grichuk: Strike looking, Ball, Grichuk grounded out to third
    • S. Piscotty: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Piscotty doubled to deep center
    • Jose Martinez hit for Tyler Lyons
    • J. Martinez: Ball, Martinez lined out to left
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Tyler Lyons pitching
    • S. Schebler: Strike looking, Schebler doubled to deep right
    • D. Mesoraco: Ball, Ball, Mesoraco grounded out to third
    • P. Kivlehan: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Kivlehan struck out looking
    • A. Alcantara: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Alcantara fouled out to first
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • W. Peralta Pitching:
    • P. DeJong: Ball, Ball, Foul, DeJong grounded out to second
    • A. Diaz: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Diaz struck out swinging
    • G. Garcia: Ball, Strike looking, Garcia grounded out to second
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • M. Wacha Pitching:
    • J. Peraza: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Peraza grounded out to shortstop
    • S. Gennett: Strike looking, Gennett lined out to right
    • J. Votto: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Votto walked
    • A. Duvall: Duvall singled to left, Votto to second
    • E. Suarez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Suarez flied out to right
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Greg Garcia hit for Michael Wacha
    • G. Garcia: Greg Garcia facing Austin Brice
    • M. Wacha: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Garcia hit by pitch
    • T. Pham: Pham singled to right center, Garcia to third
    • R. Grichuk: Pickoff attempt to first, Strike looking, Grichuk singled to left, Garcia scored, Pham to second
    • S. Piscotty: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Piscotty safe at first on 2nd baseman Gennett fielding error, Pham to third, Grichuk to second
    • J. Gyorko: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Gyorko singled to center, Pham scored, Grichuk to third, Piscotty to second
    • Wandy Peralta relieved Eugenio Suarez
    • Arismendy Alcantara at third
    • Y. Molina: Foul, Molina grounded into double play third to catcher to first, Grichuk out at home, Piscotty to third, Gyorko to second
    • L. Voit: Strike swinging, Foul, Voit grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 5TH INNING
    • M. Wacha Pitching:
    • D. Mesoraco: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Mesoraco grounded out to first
    • P. Kivlehan: Ball, Kivlehan grounded out to first
    • A. Brice: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Brice struck out looking
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Brice Pitching:
    • Y. Molina: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Molina struck out swinging
    • L. Voit: Ball, Strike looking, Voit doubled to deep right center
    • P. DeJong: Strike looking, Ball, DeJong singled to left, Voit to third
    • A. Diaz: Diaz grounded into double play shortstop to first, DeJong out at second
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • M. Wacha Pitching:
    • S. Gennett: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Gennett reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • J. Votto: Ball, Votto singled to right, Gennett to third
    • A. Duvall: Foul, Duvall hit sacrifice fly to right, Gennett scored
    • E. Suarez: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Suarez struck out looking
    • S. Schebler: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Schebler struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • B. Finnegan Pitching:
    • P. DeJong: Strike looking, Ball, Ball
    • DeJong singled to right
    • A. Diaz: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Diaz struck out swinging
    • M. Wacha: Wacha hit sacrifice bunt to catcher, DeJong to second
    • T. Pham: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pham singled to left center, DeJong scored
    • R. Grichuk: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Grichuk homered to center, Pham scored
    • S. Piscotty: Strike looking, Foul, Piscotty singled to right
    • J. Gyorko: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Gyorko struck out swinging
    • End of the 4th (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • M. Wacha Pitching:
    • P. Kivlehan: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Kivlehan struck out swinging
    • B. Finnegan: Finnegan grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Peraza: Strike looking, Ball, Peraza grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • B. Finnegan Pitching:
    • S. Piscotty: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Piscotty struck out swinging
    • J. Gyorko: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gyorko walked
    • Y. Molina: Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Molina singled to left, Gyorko to second
    • L. Voit: Voit grounded into double play third to second to first, Molina out at second
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • M. Wacha Pitching:
    • A. Duvall: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Duvall safe at first on 3rd baseman Gyorko fielding error
    • E. Suarez: Foul, Suarez flied out to deep right
    • S. Schebler: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Schebler singled to right, Duvall to third
    • D. Mesoraco: Mesoraco grounded into double play third to second to first, Schebler out at second
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
    • B. Finnegan Pitching:
    • P. DeJong: Ball, Strike swinging, DeJong doubled to deep left
    • A. Diaz: Diaz grounded out to shortstop, DeJong to third
    • M. Wacha: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Wacha reached on fielder's choice to first, DeJong out at home
    • T. Pham: Ball, Wacha to second on passed ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pham walked
    • R. Grichuk: Grichuk lined out to center
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • M. Wacha Pitching:
    • J. Peraza: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Peraza singled to left center
    • S. Gennett: Strike looking, Peraza caught stealing, catcher to shortstop, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Gennett struck out on foul tip
    • J. Votto: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Votto flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • B. Finnegan Pitching:
    • T. Pham: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pham walked
    • R. Grichuk: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Grichuk flied out to center, Pham to second
    • S. Piscotty: Ball, Ball, Ball, Pham scored on passed ball, Strike looking, Ball, Piscotty walked
    • J. Gyorko: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gyorko homered to left center, Piscotty scored
    • Y. Molina: Ball, Molina grounded out to third
    • L. Voit: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Voit struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (3 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)