Molina hits go-ahead homer, Cardinals hold off Reds 4-3

ST. LOUIS (AP) Jordan Hicks didn't get jammed up.

The rookie St. Louis reliever got Scooter Gennett to ground into a game-ending double play with the bases loaded, and the Cardinals held off the Cincinnati Reds 4-3 Saturday.

''I just tried to stay calm and just throw every pitch to the best of my ability and just try to give my team the best chance to win,'' Hicks said. ''I just go out there with full confidence and do what you know how to do, what you've been doing your whole life.''

Star catcher Yadier Molina hit a tiebreaking home run in the seventh inning as the Cardinals won for the seventh time in their past eight games, including six against the Reds. The Reds dropped their fourth straight, and second under interim manager Jim Riggleman, and fell to 3-17 this season.

St. Louis has won 10 in a row from the Reds dating to last season, matching its longest streak against them since 1949, when the Cardinals won 11 straight.

Hicks (1-0) recorded the final seven outs for his first career victory.

''Amazing,'' Molina said of the hard-throwing Hicks. ''This kid has the talent to pitch late in the game. Obviously when you throw 102 (miles per hour), you don't have to be afraid of anything. He's a great kid and great job for him tonight.''

Jared Hughes (0-2) gave up Molina's sixth homer, a solo drive. The one-out shot gave Molina his 800th career RBI.

''I totally missed my spot right there,'' Hughes said. ''I left it up and in the middle. It was not the pitch I wanted. He doesn't miss mistakes. He did a good job of hitting the heck out of it.''

Cincinnati scored three times in the seventh to tie it. The Reds strung together four singles and a walk in the seventh, with Gennett's two-run hit making it 3-all. Hicks used one pitch to get Cliff Pennington to fly out, ending the inning with runners at the corners.

Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez pitched six scoreless innings, giving up three hits and striking out seven. He was pulled after 91 pitches and exited with an 18-inning scoreless streak, leaving with a 1.42 ERA.

Home runs by Paul DeJong and Dexter Fowler helped the Cardinals build a 3-0 lead through six.

Cincinnati starter Homer Bailey lasted 5 2/3 innings, allowing seven hits, striking four and walking two.

''I honestly wasn't very sharp today,'' Bailey said. ''I did some things that I wasn't very happy with today. We tried to hold them the best we could. Defensively we did a good job and the offense started coming through there at the end. It was just kind of one of those days where you had to fight back and forth.

''That's something that shouldn't be necessarily commented on. It should just be a regular thing that you do every day. Maybe it's a step in the right direction. But, the overall picture is we still need to do more,'' he said.

DeJong hit his sixth home run in the second. Fowler's third homer opened the sixth for the Cardinals.

BRINGING THE LEATHER

Cardinals 2B Kolten Wong sprinted into right field and had to make a full extension of his glove arm to pull in a flare from Reds OF Adam Duvall in the sixth. Wong then tossed the ball to 1B Jose Martinez to double off Gennett, who had already rounded second base.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Reds: RHP David Hernandez began his rehabilitation assignment at Triple-A Louisville on Friday. He pitched 1/3 of an inning, giving up three hits, four earned runs and striking out one while throwing 19 pitches. He is recovering from right shoulder inflammation.

Cardinals: OF Tommy Pham was held out of the starting lineup because of flu-like symptoms and also to provide another day off to rest a sore groin. Manager Mike Matheny said Pham was available off the bench, but he did not get into the game.

UP NEXT

Reds: RHP Luis Castillo (1-2, 6.75) starts the final game of a three-game set in St. Louis against Cardinals RHP Miles Mikolas (2-0, 4.26). Castillo earned the victory in his first appearance this season, but lasted just five innings in his last two starts in which he took the loss both times. Mikolas will go for his first victory at Busch Stadium since joining the Cardinals in the offseason. He got a no-decision in his only home start this year, a 5-4 loss to Milwaukee.

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  • W: J. Hicks (1-0)L: J. Hughes (0-2)
  • HR: STL - Y. Molina (6), D. Fowler (3), P. DeJong (6)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Winker RF31200200.286.444.306.7515.0
B. Hamilton PR00000000.180.286.246.5320.0
J. Peraza SS21110002.246.274.333.6075.0
J. Votto 1B10000402.243.341.257.5994.0
S. Gennett 2B50220027.284.326.346.6713.0
A. Duvall LF30000023.171.213.357.570-1.0
A. Garrett P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- C. Pennington PH10000002.125.250.125.3750.0
J. Hughes P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
P. Gosselin 3B00000000.136.240.273.5130.0
S. Schebler CF30000010.267.353.533.8860.5
T. Barnhart C40000021.255.359.436.796-1.0
A. Blandino 3B40100000.160.222.160.3821.0
W. Peralta P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
H. Bailey P10000000.111.111.111.2220.0
P. Ervin LF21100000.222.333.250.5832.0
  • a-flied out for Garrett in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Carpenter 3B40100000.182.325.333.6592.0
Y. Molina C31211101.292.316.569.88510.0
J. Martinez 1B40000023.338.422.535.957-1.0
M. Ozuna LF41100012.247.271.346.6161.5
D. Fowler RF41111001.167.256.319.5766.0
P. DeJong SS41221000.250.308.542.8499.0
K. Wong 2B40000001.133.264.133.3970.0
H. Bader CF20100100.269.424.385.8092.0
C. Martinez P20000023.182.182.182.364-1.0
a- G. Garcia PH0000-000.292.393.625.000-
b- T. O'Neill PH10000001.000.000.000.0000.0
L. Gregerson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
T. Lyons P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Hicks P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-announced for Martinez in the 6th
  • b-hit into fielder's choice for G. Garcia in the 6th
BATTING
  • SH - J. Peraza (4), H. Bailey
  • RBI - J. Peraza (4), S. Gennett 2 (7)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Peraza (3), S. Gennett 2 (3)
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Carpenter (4), P. DeJong (3)
  • HR - Y. Molina (6), D. Fowler (3), P. DeJong (6)
  • RBI - Y. Molina (15), D. Fowler (8), P. DeJong 2 (10)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - Y. Molina (2)
FIELDING
  • E - A. Blandino (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
H. Bailey5.27332423.681.165.0
A. Garrett0.10000000.000.830.0
J. Hughes (L, 0-2)1.01110113.001.00-3.5
W. Peralta1.00000000.001.243.0
PITCHERSIP
H. Bailey5.2
A. Garrett0.1
J. Hughes (L, 0-2)1.0
W. Peralta1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Martinez6.03003701.421.1418.5
L. Gregerson (H, 1)0.21110006.750.75-2.0
T. Lyons (BS, 1)0.03221006.481.92-6.0
J. Hicks (W, 1-0)2.10002000.001.1111.0
PITCHERSIP
C. Martinez6.0
L. Gregerson (H, 1)0.2
T. Lyons (BS, 1)0.0
J. Hicks (W, 1-0)2.1
PITCHING
  • IBB - H. Bailey (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - H. Bailey 96-63, A. Garrett 3-1, J. Hughes 18-12, W. Peralta 8-6
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - H. Bailey 8-5, A. Garrett 1-0, J. Hughes 1-1, W. Peralta 1-2
  • Batters Faced - H. Bailey 26, A. Garrett, J. Hughes 4, W. Peralta 3
PITCHING
  • HBP - C. Martinez (5), J. Hicks 2 (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Martinez 91-56, L. Gregerson 9-6, T. Lyons 17-7, J. Hicks 26-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Martinez 7-3, L. Gregerson 2-0, J. Hicks 3-2
  • Batters Faced - C. Martinez 24, L. Gregerson 3, T. Lyons 4, J. Hicks 9
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. Winker RF31200200.286.444.306.7515.0
B. Hamilton PR00000000.180.286.246.5320.0
J. Peraza SS21110002.246.274.333.6075.0
J. Votto 1B10000402.243.341.257.5994.0
S. Gennett 2B50220027.284.326.346.6713.0
A. Duvall LF30000023.171.213.357.570-1.0
A. Garrett P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- C. Pennington PH10000002.125.250.125.3750.0
J. Hughes P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
P. Gosselin 3B00000000.136.240.273.5130.0
S. Schebler CF30000010.267.353.533.8860.5
T. Barnhart C40000021.255.359.436.796-1.0
A. Blandino 3B40100000.160.222.160.3821.0
W. Peralta P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
H. Bailey P10000000.111.111.111.2220.0
P. Ervin LF21100000.222.333.250.5832.0
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  • a-flied out for Garrett in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Carpenter 3B40100000.182.325.333.6592.0
Y. Molina C31211101.292.316.569.88510.0
J. Martinez 1B40000023.338.422.535.957-1.0
M. Ozuna LF41100012.247.271.346.6161.5
D. Fowler RF41111001.167.256.319.5766.0
P. DeJong SS41221000.250.308.542.8499.0
K. Wong 2B40000001.133.264.133.3970.0
H. Bader CF20100100.269.424.385.8092.0
C. Martinez P20000023.182.182.182.364-1.0
a- G. Garcia PH0000-000.292.393.625.000-
b- T. O'Neill PH10000001.000.000.000.0000.0
L. Gregerson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
T. Lyons P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Hicks P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
Total3248432512-----
  • a-announced for Martinez in the 6th
  • b-hit into fielder's choice for G. Garcia in the 6th
BATTING
  • SH - J. Peraza (4), H. Bailey
  • RBI - J. Peraza (4), S. Gennett 2 (7)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Peraza (3), S. Gennett 2 (3)
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Carpenter (4), P. DeJong (3)
  • HR - Y. Molina (6), D. Fowler (3), P. DeJong (6)
  • RBI - Y. Molina (15), D. Fowler (8), P. DeJong 2 (10)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - Y. Molina (2)
FIELDING
  • E - A. Blandino (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
H. Bailey5.27332423.681.165.0
A. Garrett0.10000000.000.830.0
J. Hughes (L, 0-2)1.01110113.001.00-3.5
W. Peralta1.00000000.001.243.0
Total8.0844253---
PITCHERSIP
H. Bailey5.2
A. Garrett0.1
J. Hughes (L, 0-2)1.0
W. Peralta1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Martinez6.03003701.421.1418.5
L. Gregerson (H, 1)0.21110006.750.75-2.0
T. Lyons (BS, 1)0.03221006.481.92-6.0
J. Hicks (W, 1-0)2.10002000.001.1111.0
Total9.0733670---
PITCHERSIP
C. Martinez6.0
L. Gregerson (H, 1)0.2
T. Lyons (BS, 1)0.0
J. Hicks (W, 1-0)2.1
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - H. Bailey (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - H. Bailey 96-63, A. Garrett 3-1, J. Hughes 18-12, W. Peralta 8-6
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - H. Bailey 8-5, A. Garrett 1-0, J. Hughes 1-1, W. Peralta 1-2
  • Batters Faced - H. Bailey 26, A. Garrett, J. Hughes 4, W. Peralta 3
PITCHING
  • HBP - C. Martinez (5), J. Hicks 2 (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Martinez 91-56, L. Gregerson 9-6, T. Lyons 17-7, J. Hicks 26-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Martinez 7-3, L. Gregerson 2-0, J. Hicks 3-2
  • Batters Faced - C. Martinez 24, L. Gregerson 3, T. Lyons 4, J. Hicks 9
  • 7TH INNING
    Molina homered to center34
    Gennett singled to right, Winker and Peraza scored, Votto to third33
    Peraza singled to right, Ervin scored, Winker to second13
  • 6TH INNING
    Fowler homered to right center03
  • 2ND INNING
    DeJong homered to left, Ozuna scored02
  • 9TH INNING
    • J. Hicks Pitching:
    • P. Ervin: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ervin popped out to shortstop
    • J. Winker: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Winker walked
    • Billy Hamilton ran for Jesse Winker
    • J. Peraza: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Peraza hit by pitch, Hamilton to second
    • J. Votto: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Votto walked, Hamilton to third, Peraza to second
    • S. Gennett: Foul, Gennett grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Votto out at second
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • J. Hicks Pitching:
    • S. Schebler: Strike looking, Ball, Schebler hit by pitch
    • T. Barnhart: Barnhart grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Schebler out at second
    • A. Blandino: Ball, Ball, Blandino grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Phil Gosselin at third
    • Wandy Peralta pitching
    • D. Fowler: Fowler flied out to center
    • P. DeJong: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, DeJong grounded out to shortstop
    • K. Wong: Ball, Strike looking, Wong popped out to shortstop
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Luke Gregerson pitching
    • T. Barnhart: Strike looking, Ball, Barnhart grounded out to second
    • A. Blandino: Strike looking, Ball, Blandino grounded out to shortstop
    • P. Ervin: Ball, Strike swinging, Ervin singled to left
    • Tyler Lyons relieved Luke Gregerson
    • J. Winker: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Winker singled to right, Ervin to third
    • J. Peraza: Ball, Ball, Peraza singled to right, Ervin scored, Winker to second
    • J. Votto: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Votto walked, Winker to third, Peraza to second
    • S. Gennett: Ball, Gennett singled to right, Winker and Peraza scored, Votto to third
    • Jordan Hicks relieved Tyler Lyons
    • Cliff Pennington hit for Amir Garrett
    • C. Pennington: Pennington flied out to left
    • Middle of the 7th (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Jared Hughes pitching
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Carpenter flied out to left
    • Y. Molina: Strike swinging, Ball, Molina homered to center
    • J. Martinez: Foul, Foul, Ball, Martinez grounded out to pitcher
    • M. Ozuna: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Ozuna struck out swinging
    • End of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • C. Martinez Pitching:
    • S. Gennett: Foul, Foul, Gennett singled to left
    • A. Duvall: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Duvall lined into double play second to first, Gennett out at first
    • S. Schebler: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Schebler struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • H. Bailey Pitching:
    • D. Fowler: Ball, Fowler homered to right center
    • P. DeJong: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, DeJong popped out to second
    • K. Wong: Ball, Ball, Wong grounded out to first
    • H. Bader: Bader safe at first on 3rd baseman Blandino fielding error
    • Greg Garcia hit for Carlos Martinez
    • Amir Garrett pitching
    • Phillip Ervin in left
    • Tyler O'Neill hit for Greg Garcia
    • T. O'Neill: Ball, Ball, O'Neill grounded into fielder's choice to second, Bader out at second
    • End of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
  • 5TH INNING
    • C. Martinez Pitching:
    • A. Blandino: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Blandino singled to center
    • H. Bailey: Ball, Bailey hit sacrifice bunt to third, Blandino to second
    • J. Winker: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Winker walked
    • J. Peraza: Peraza reached on fielder's choice to third, Blandino to third, Winker out at second
    • J. Votto: Votto flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • H. Bailey Pitching:
    • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Carpenter doubled to right
    • Y. Molina: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Molina grounded out to second, Carpenter to third
    • J. Martinez: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
    • M. Ozuna: Ball, Foul, Ozuna grounded out to third
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • C. Martinez Pitching:
    • A. Duvall: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Duvall struck out swinging
    • S. Schebler: Foul, Schebler grounded out to second
    • T. Barnhart: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Barnhart struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • H. Bailey Pitching:
    • D. Fowler: Fowler grounded out to second
    • P. DeJong: Ball, Foul, Ball, DeJong doubled to left center
    • K. Wong: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Wong grounded out to second, DeJong to third
    • H. Bader: Bader intentionally walked
    • C. Martinez: Pickoff attempt to first, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • C. Martinez Pitching:
    • H. Bailey: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Bailey grounded out to pitcher
    • J. Winker: Winker lined out to center
    • J. Peraza: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Peraza hit by pitch
    • J. Votto: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Votto walked, Peraza to second
    • S. Gennett: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Gennett struck out looking
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • H. Bailey Pitching:
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Carpenter flied out to center
    • Y. Molina: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Molina walked
    • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Martinez struck out looking
    • M. Ozuna: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ozuna flied out to right
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • C. Martinez Pitching:
    • S. Schebler: Schebler grounded out to second
    • T. Barnhart: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Barnhart struck out swinging
    • A. Blandino: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Blandino grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • H. Bailey Pitching:
    • M. Ozuna: Ozuna reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • D. Fowler: Ball, Ball, Ball, Fowler flied out to center
    • P. DeJong: Pickoff attempt, Ball, DeJong homered to left, Ozuna scored
    • K. Wong: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Wong grounded out to first
    • H. Bader: Bader singled to left
    • C. Martinez: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • C. Martinez Pitching:
    • J. Winker: Foul, Foul, Winker reached on an infield single to pitcher
    • J. Peraza: Peraza hit sacrifice bunt to third, Winker to second
    • J. Votto: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Votto walked
    • S. Gennett: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Gennett struck out swinging
    • A. Duvall: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike swinging, Duvall struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • H. Bailey Pitching:
    • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Foul, Carpenter flied out to right
    • Y. Molina: Foul, Strike looking, Molina singled to center
    • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Molina stole second, Ball, Martinez grounded out to shortstop
    • M. Ozuna: Foul, Ball, Ball, Molina out at third
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)