Molina homers, Cardinals extend Reds' woes with 5-3 win

CINCINNATI (AP) Yadier Molina heard the boos again. Then he came through again, sending the Cincinnati Reds to their lowest point since 1955.

Molina homered and drove in three runs Friday night, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a 5-3 victory that deepened the Reds' opening slump and added to his legacy against them.

The catcher has gotten booed loudly at Great American Ball Park - even during the 2015 All-Star Game - by fans who haven't forgotten his scuffle with Brandon Phillips in 2010. They boo louder every time he delivers another game-turning hit.

He's still got the touch.

''Yadi continues to just get better,'' manager Mike Matheny said.

St. Louis came into the series with a stagnant offense but broke out during two games against the worst pitching staff in the majors, piling up 18 runs and 25 hits. Molina has homered in each game, giving him a team-high five this season.

Molina's 21 career homers against the Reds are his most against any team.

''Yadi's being Yadi,'' said Luke Weaver (2-0), who pitched into the seventh inning. ''He does it so well back there and calls a great game.''

The Reds lost their sixth in a row and have the worst record in the majors at 2-11. They also lost 11 of their first 13 games in 1955. Another loss on Saturday would produce their worst start since 1931.

''We've been through some stretches - some challenging, difficult times with winning games over the last few seasons,'' manager Bryan Price said.

The Reds managed only two infield singles until the seventh, when Devin Mesoraco hit a two-run homer off Weaver. The right-hander has beaten the Reds three times in a row, giving up a total of four earned runs. Overall, Weaver is 9-1 in 12 starts since Aug. 2.

Bud Norris allowed a hit and a walk in the ninth while getting his second save in two chances, fanning Tucker Barnhart for the final out.

Molina had a solo shot and a two-run single off Tyler Mahle (1-2), who gave up nine hits and five runs in 5 1/3 innings. The Cardinals took control with five runs in the sixth, when Dexter Fowler had a solo homer and Marcell Ozuna extended his hitting streak to 12 games with an RBI single.

''They hit some good pitches - that hurt - and I made some bad pitches,'' Mahle said. ''It was a little bit of both. It all just kind of blew up.''

Joey Votto was back in the Reds lineup after getting a day off, ending his streak of 202 consecutive starts. He singled home a run in the eighth off Tyler Lyons and was picked off first base by Dominic Leone.

WHAT ABOUT HOLLAND?

Greg Holland, who signed a one-year deal with St. Louis on March 31, was available for the ninth inning, but Matheny went with Norris instead. Holland made two appearances in the minors before joining the Cardinals. He struggled in his first appearance on Monday, walking four, and then pitched a scoreless inning on Wednesday.

''We're just trying to get him some consistent opportunities,'' Matheny said. ''This is kind of spring training (for Holland). I know he wants to get in for those situations. He'll get his opportunities.''

BULLPEN MOVE

The Reds helped their depleted bullpen by selecting the contract of right-hander Dylan Floro from Triple-A Louisville. Right-hander Tanner Rainey was optioned. Reliever Ariel Hernandez was designated for assignment to create a spot on the 40-man roster.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cardinals: Right-handed reliever Luke Gregerson made his third minor league rehab appearance, throwing a scoreless inning. He has been sidelined since spring training with a strained left hamstring.

Reds: Jesse Winker was a late scratch from the lineup because of a sore right shoulder. Phillip Ervin replaced him in right field.

UP NEXT

Cardinals: Miles Mikolas (1-0) faced the Reds in 2012 and 2013 as a Padres reliever. He has yielded eight runs in 12 innings in his two starts for the Cardinals.

Reds: Left-hander Brandon Finnegan is expected to come off the DL and make his first start of the season. He strained his left biceps during spring training.

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  • W: L. Weaver (2-0)L: T. Mahle (1-2)S: B. Norris (2)
  • HR: STL - Y. Molina (5), D. Fowler (2), CIN - D. Mesoraco (1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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T. Pham CF41200111.294.410.451.8615.5
M. Carpenter 3B41100112.174.355.348.7033.5
M. Ozuna LF51210024.302.302.429.7303.0
J. Martinez 1B40200002.375.446.6041.0511.0
Y. Molina C41231011.288.296.596.8928.5
P. DeJong SS40000023.264.304.509.813-1.0
K. Wong 2B40100003.162.262.162.4241.0
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a- Y. Munoz PH10100000.154.267.231.4972.0
B. Norris P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-doubled for Leone in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Hamilton CF21100210.184.326.211.5373.5
J. Peraza SS30000012.267.267.333.600-0.5
J. Votto 1B40110002.271.308.271.5792.0
S. Gennett 2B41100022.296.321.370.6921.0
D. Mesoraco C41221020.211.211.368.5797.0
A. Duvall LF40100001.116.170.279.4491.0
P. Ervin RF30000121.174.269.174.4430.0
C. Pennington 3B20000011.214.389.214.603-0.5
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a- A. Blandino PH-3B20100012.111.111.111.2220.5
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P. Gosselin 3B20000021.125.222.313.535-1.0
J. Hughes P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
W. Peralta P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- T. Barnhart PH10000012.267.405.433.839-0.5
  • a-singled for Quackenbush in the 7th
  • b-struck out for Peralta in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Carpenter (2), Y. Munoz
  • HR - D. Fowler (2), Y. Molina (5)
  • RBI - D. Fowler (6), M. Ozuna (9), Y. Molina 3 (11)
  • 2-Out RBI - Y. Molina (2)
BATTING
  • HR - D. Mesoraco
  • SH - J. Peraza (3)
  • RBI - J. Votto (4), D. Mesoraco 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - T. Pham (3)
  • CS - J. Martinez
BASERUNNING
  • Picked Off - J. Votto
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - B. Hamilton (2)
  • E - C. Pennington 2 (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
L. Weaver (W, 2-0)6.04221712.080.9824.5
M. Bowman (H, 4)1.01000204.911.773.0
T. Lyons (H, 3)0.21111104.761.76-2.5
D. Leone (H, 2)0.10000006.001.330.0
B. Norris (S, 2)1.01001301.351.059.5
PITCHERSIP
L. Weaver (W, 2-0)6.0
M. Bowman (H, 4)1.0
T. Lyons (H, 3)0.2
D. Leone (H, 2)0.1
B. Norris (S, 2)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Mahle (L, 1-2)5.19550525.631.38-1.5
K. Quackenbush1.23000106.751.800.5
J. Hughes1.00000202.701.054.0
W. Peralta1.01002100.001.650.5
PITCHERSIP
T. Mahle (L, 1-2)5.1
K. Quackenbush1.2
J. Hughes1.0
W. Peralta1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - L. Weaver 99-64, M. Bowman 20-14, T. Lyons 12-7, D. Leone 3-1, B. Norris 24-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Weaver 6-5, T. Lyons 1-0
  • Batters Faced - L. Weaver 23, M. Bowman 4, T. Lyons 4, B. Norris 5
PITCHING
  • IBB - W. Peralta
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Mahle 73-50, K. Quackenbush 22-14, J. Hughes 16-11, W. Peralta 22-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Mahle 6-4, W. Peralta 2-0
  • Batters Faced - T. Mahle 24, K. Quackenbush 7, J. Hughes 3, W. Peralta 6
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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T. Pham CF41200111.294.410.451.8615.5
M. Carpenter 3B41100112.174.355.348.7033.5
M. Ozuna LF51210024.302.302.429.7303.0
J. Martinez 1B40200002.375.446.6041.0511.0
Y. Molina C41231011.288.296.596.8928.5
P. DeJong SS40000023.264.304.509.813-1.0
K. Wong 2B40100003.162.262.162.4241.0
L. Weaver P30000025.143.143.143.286-1.0
M. Bowman P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
T. Lyons P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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B. Norris P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-doubled for Leone in the 9th
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B. Hamilton CF21100210.184.326.211.5373.5
J. Peraza SS30000012.267.267.333.600-0.5
J. Votto 1B40110002.271.308.271.5792.0
S. Gennett 2B41100022.296.321.370.6921.0
D. Mesoraco C41221020.211.211.368.5797.0
A. Duvall LF40100001.116.170.279.4491.0
P. Ervin RF30000121.174.269.174.4430.0
C. Pennington 3B20000011.214.389.214.603-0.5
K. Quackenbush P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- A. Blandino PH-3B20100012.111.111.111.2220.5
T. Mahle P10000000.250.250.250.5000.0
P. Gosselin 3B20000021.125.222.313.535-1.0
J. Hughes P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
W. Peralta P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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  • a-singled for Quackenbush in the 7th
  • b-struck out for Peralta in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Carpenter (2), Y. Munoz
  • HR - D. Fowler (2), Y. Molina (5)
  • RBI - D. Fowler (6), M. Ozuna (9), Y. Molina 3 (11)
  • 2-Out RBI - Y. Molina (2)
BATTING
  • HR - D. Mesoraco
  • SH - J. Peraza (3)
  • RBI - J. Votto (4), D. Mesoraco 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - T. Pham (3)
  • CS - J. Martinez
BASERUNNING
  • Picked Off - J. Votto
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - B. Hamilton (2)
  • E - C. Pennington 2 (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
L. Weaver (W, 2-0)6.04221712.080.9824.5
M. Bowman (H, 4)1.01000204.911.773.0
T. Lyons (H, 3)0.21111104.761.76-2.5
D. Leone (H, 2)0.10000006.001.330.0
B. Norris (S, 2)1.01001301.351.059.5
Total9.07333131---
PITCHERSIP
L. Weaver (W, 2-0)6.0
M. Bowman (H, 4)1.0
T. Lyons (H, 3)0.2
D. Leone (H, 2)0.1
B. Norris (S, 2)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Mahle (L, 1-2)5.19550525.631.38-1.5
K. Quackenbush1.23000106.751.800.5
J. Hughes1.00000202.701.054.0
W. Peralta1.01002100.001.650.5
Total9.01355292---
PITCHERSIP
T. Mahle (L, 1-2)5.1
K. Quackenbush1.2
J. Hughes1.0
W. Peralta1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - L. Weaver 99-64, M. Bowman 20-14, T. Lyons 12-7, D. Leone 3-1, B. Norris 24-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Weaver 6-5, T. Lyons 1-0
  • Batters Faced - L. Weaver 23, M. Bowman 4, T. Lyons 4, B. Norris 5
PITCHING
  • IBB - W. Peralta
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Mahle 73-50, K. Quackenbush 22-14, J. Hughes 16-11, W. Peralta 22-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Mahle 6-4, W. Peralta 2-0
  • Batters Faced - T. Mahle 24, K. Quackenbush 7, J. Hughes 3, W. Peralta 6
  • 8TH INNING
    Votto singled to left, Hamilton scored53
  • 7TH INNING
    Mesoraco homered to left, Gennett scored52
  • 6TH INNING
    Molina singled to left, Carpenter and Ozuna scored50
    Ozuna singled to left, Pham scored, Carpenter to third30
    Fowler homered to right20
  • 2ND INNING
    Molina homered to right10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Wandy Peralta relieved Jared Hughes
    • K. Wong: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Wong grounded out to first
    • Yairo Munoz hit for Dominic Leone
    • Y. Munoz: Munoz doubled to left
    • D. Fowler: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Fowler grounded out to pitcher, Munoz to third
    • T. Pham: Pham intentionally walked
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Strike looking, Pham stole second, Ball, Ball, Ball, Carpenter walked
    • M. Ozuna: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ozuna struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Bud Norris pitching
    • D. Mesoraco: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Mesoraco struck out swinging
    • A. Duvall: Strike looking, Duvall singled to right
    • P. Ervin: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ervin walked, Duvall to second
    • A. Blandino: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Blandino struck out swinging
    • Tucker Barnhart hit for Wandy Peralta
    • T. Barnhart: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Barnhart struck out looking
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Jared Hughes pitching
    • J. Martinez: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Martinez fouled out to first
    • Y. Molina: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Molina struck out swinging
    • P. DeJong: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, DeJong struck out on foul tip
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Tyler Lyons relieved Matt Bowman
    • B. Hamilton: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Hamilton walked
    • J. Peraza: Peraza hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Hamilton to second
    • J. Votto: Votto singled to left, Hamilton scored
    • S. Gennett: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Gennett struck out looking
    • Dominic Leone relieved Tyler Lyons
    • D. Mesoraco: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Votto picked off at first, pitcher to first
    • End of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • K. Quackenbush Pitching:
    • D. Fowler: Fowler singled to center
    • T. Pham: Pham lined out to right
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Carpenter lined out to center
    • M. Ozuna: Foul, Ball, Ozuna singled to center, Fowler out at third
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • L. Weaver Pitching:
    • S. Gennett: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Gennett singled to right
    • D. Mesoraco: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Mesoraco homered to left, Gennett scored
    • Matt Bowman relieved Luke Weaver
    • A. Duvall: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Duvall flied out to left
    • P. Ervin: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ervin struck out looking
    • Alex Blandino hit for Kevin Quackenbush
    • A. Blandino: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Blandino singled to center
    • P. Gosselin: Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Gosselin struck out looking
    • End of the 7th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • T. Mahle Pitching:
    • D. Fowler: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Fowler homered to right
    • T. Pham: Pham singled to center
    • M. Carpenter: Pickoff attempt, Carpenter doubled to deep right, Pham to third
    • M. Ozuna: Ball, Ozuna singled to left, Pham scored, Carpenter to third
    • J. Martinez: Ball, Martinez grounded out to third, Ozuna to second
    • Y. Molina: Ball, Molina singled to left, Carpenter and Ozuna scored
    • Kevin Quackenbush pitching
    • Phil Gosselin at third
    • P. DeJong: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, DeJong fouled out to first
    • K. Wong: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Wong singled to right, Molina to third
    • L. Weaver: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Weaver struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (4 Runs, 6 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • L. Weaver Pitching:
    • P. Gosselin: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Gosselin struck out on foul tip
    • B. Hamilton: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Hamilton reached on an infield single to pitcher
    • J. Peraza: Strike looking, Peraza reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Hamilton out at second
    • J. Votto: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Votto grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • T. Mahle Pitching:
    • J. Martinez: Ball, Strike looking, Martinez singled to right
    • Y. Molina: Molina reached on fielder's choice to third, Martinez to second on 3rd baseman Pennington fielding error
    • P. DeJong: DeJong reached on fielder's choice to third, Martinez to third, Molina to second on 3rd baseman Pennington fielding error
    • K. Wong: Ball, Foul, Wong fouled out to shortstop
    • L. Weaver: Strike swinging, Ball, Weaver grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, DeJong out at second
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 2 Errors)
    • L. Weaver Pitching:
    • D. Mesoraco: Ball, Strike looking, Mesoraco reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • A. Duvall: Ball, Duvall fouled out to third
    • P. Ervin: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ervin popped out to second
    • C. Pennington: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Pennington struck out swinging
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • T. Mahle Pitching:
    • T. Pham: Strike looking, Foul, Pham singled to right
    • M. Carpenter: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Carpenter flied out to center
    • M. Ozuna: Ozuna grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Pham out at second
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • L. Weaver Pitching:
    • J. Peraza: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Peraza struck out swinging
    • J. Votto: Votto grounded out to pitcher
    • S. Gennett: Ball, Gennett flied out to left
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • T. Mahle Pitching:
    • K. Wong: Wong flied out to left
    • L. Weaver: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Weaver struck out on foul tip
    • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Fowler grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • L. Weaver Pitching:
    • C. Pennington: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Pennington flied out to deep right
    • T. Mahle: Ball, Mahle grounded out to first
    • B. Hamilton: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Hamilton struck out looking
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • T. Mahle Pitching:
    • M. Ozuna: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Ozuna struck out looking
    • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Martinez singled to right center
    • Y. Molina: Ball, Martinez caught stealing, catcher to second, Strike looking, Ball, Molina homered to right
    • P. DeJong: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, DeJong struck out looking
    • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • L. Weaver Pitching:
    • D. Mesoraco: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Mesoraco struck out swinging
    • A. Duvall: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Duvall grounded out to shortstop
    • P. Ervin: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ervin struck out looking
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • T. Mahle Pitching:
    • D. Fowler: Ball, Fowler flied out to left
    • T. Pham: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Pham struck out looking
    • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Carpenter struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • L. Weaver Pitching:
    • B. Hamilton: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Hamilton walked
    • J. Peraza: Pickoff attempt, Peraza reached on fielder's choice to second, Hamilton out at second
    • J. Votto: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Votto flied out to left
    • S. Gennett: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gennett struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)