Castillo helps Reds shut down Cardinals

ST. LOUIS (AP) Cincinnati Reds right-hander Luis Castillo made life easy for catcher Tucker Barnhart on Saturday night.

Castillo tossed 6 2/3 shutout innings and combined with two relievers on a two-hitter to lead the Reds to a 4-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals.

Barnhart said working with Castillo was easy.

''(He has) video game stuff,'' Barnhart said. ''Tonight was an example of that. He was able to throw all three pitches for strikes. He was able to keep them off balance all night long.''

The Reds snapped a three-game losing streak.

St. Louis, which won a major league-best 22 games in August, lost for the second time in six games.

The Cardinals are 4 1/2 games behind Chicago in the NL Central after the Cubs beat Philadelphia 7-1.

Castillo (8-11) gave up two hits and struck out a career-high 11. He gave up a leadoff single to Matt Carpenter in the first before retiring 15 of the next 16 hitters.

Castillo has had an up-and-down season and has struggled with consistency.

''We feel like he can do this,'' Cincinnati interim manager Jim Riggleman. ''He's not 21, he's 25. It's time. We just hope he builds on that, has a good September, and takes us into 2019 as a guy that can anchor our staff.''

Castillo had given up five earned runs in two of his last three starts.

''A good part was I was on the same page with Tucker,'' Castillo said. ''He was calling the right pitches. I was throwing the right pitches. That was a big part of my success.

Castillo was making his 27th start of the season and said this might have been his best performance to date.

''I've had a couple good ones, but I felt really, really good in this one,'' Castillo said. ''I faced a really good team that's trying to get into the playoffs. To be able to perform and do what I did tonight was really good for me.''

David Hernandez and Raisel Iglesias completed the two-hitter, which was the Reds fifth shutout of the season.

Suarez keyed a three-run outburst against Daniel Poncedeleon (0-1) in the fourth. Joey Votto broke the scoreless tie with a run-scoring double. Scooter Gennett followed with a hit to set the stage for Suarez's drive off the wall in left. Suarez, who has hit safely in 11 successive games against St. Louis, pushed his RBI total to 98,.

Barnhart added a run-scoring single in the seventh.

Poncedeleon, in his third major league start, retired the first 10 batters he faced on 43 pitches. But the next six hitters reached safely ending his night after 3 1-3 innings. Poncedeleon gave up three runs on five hits. He struck out four and walked one.

''I think I lost the arm slot on my fastball,'' Poncedeleon said. ''I was searching out there.''

St. Louis has won 20 of its last 26 and has a 29-14 record since manager Mike Shildt took over for Mike Matheny on July 15.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cardinals: OF Marcell Ozuna was activated from the 10-day disabled list prior to the contest. Ozuna has been bothered by right shoulder inflammation. He is expected to start on Sunday.

RHP Adam Wainwright tossed five shutout innings in a rehab outing with Triple-A Memphis in Nashville on Saturday. He gave up five hits, struck out seven and walked two in a 90-pitch outing. Wainwright has missed 98 games with elbow inflammation.

UP NEXT

RHP Anthony DeSclafani (7-4, 4.34) will face Luke Weaver (7-11, 4.59) in the final game of the three-game series on Sunday. DeSclafani has gone at least six innings in each of his last five starts with a 3-1 record and a 2.62 ERA over that span. Weaver is 3-0 lifetime against the Reds.

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  • W: L. Castillo (8-11)L: D. Poncedeleon (0-1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. Peraza SS41100000.287.327.403.7313.0
J. Votto 1B41110020.283.419.416.8343.0
S. Gennett 2B41200000.318.366.496.8623.0
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Carpenter 3B30100121.275.388.577.9653.0
    Y. Molina C20000212.270.320.442.7621.5
    J. Martinez RF40000035.311.372.473.845-1.5
    M. Adams 1B40000012.249.322.483.805-0.5
    T. O'Neill LF40000021.260.295.500.795-1.0
    P. DeJong SS30000110.230.309.424.7320.5
    H. Bader CF30000021.274.344.439.784-1.0
    Y. Munoz 2B30000010.274.341.409.750-0.5
    D. Poncedeleon P10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
    T. Ross P10100000.175.190.175.3651.0
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    T. Webb P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    • a-flied out for Ross in the 8th
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Peraza (27), J. Votto (25), E. Suarez (22), S. Schebler (18)
    • SH - L. Castillo (4)
    • RBI - J. Votto (56), E. Suarez 2 (98), T. Barnhart (41)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - B. Hamilton, S. Schebler 2 (2)
    BATTING
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Martinez 3 (3), M. Adams, T. O'Neill, H. Bader
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - M. Carpenter (3)
    FIELDING
    • DP - 2 (Ross-Molina-Adams; Webb-Adams)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    L. Castillo (W, 8-11)6.220021104.831.2829.5
    D. Hernandez1.00001002.551.022.0
    R. Iglesias1.10001302.521.043.5
    PITCHERSIP
    L. Castillo (W, 8-11)6.2
    D. Hernandez1.0
    R. Iglesias1.1
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    D. Poncedeleon (L, 0-1)3.15331402.881.16-3.0
    T. Ross4.24110304.111.298.5
    T. Webb1.01000004.611.242.0
    PITCHERSIP
    D. Poncedeleon (L, 0-1)3.1
    T. Ross4.2
    T. Webb1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - L. Castillo 104-67, D. Hernandez 19-10, R. Iglesias 28-16
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Castillo 7-2
    • Batters Faced - L. Castillo 24, D. Hernandez 4, R. Iglesias 5
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - D. Poncedeleon 73-48, T. Ross 57-38, T. Webb 11-8
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Poncedeleon 2-4, T. Ross 7-3
    • Batters Faced - D. Poncedeleon 16, T. Ross 17, T. Webb 3
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    B. Hamilton CF40000021.241.302.327.629-1.0
    J. Peraza SS41100000.287.327.403.7313.0
    J. Votto 1B41110020.283.419.416.8343.0
    S. Gennett 2B41200000.318.366.496.8623.0
    E. Suarez 3B40220010.296.376.558.9344.5
    S. Schebler RF31100102.272.345.466.8114.0
    R. Iglesias P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    P. Ervin LF40100001.282.351.430.7801.0
    T. Barnhart C40210003.254.341.383.7243.0
    L. Castillo P20000020.122.157.143.300-1.0
    D. Hernandez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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      M. Carpenter 3B30100121.275.388.577.9653.0
      Y. Molina C20000212.270.320.442.7621.5
      J. Martinez RF40000035.311.372.473.845-1.5
      M. Adams 1B40000012.249.322.483.805-0.5
      T. O'Neill LF40000021.260.295.500.795-1.0
      P. DeJong SS30000110.230.309.424.7320.5
      H. Bader CF30000021.274.344.439.784-1.0
      Y. Munoz 2B30000010.274.341.409.750-0.5
      D. Poncedeleon P10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
      T. Ross P10100000.175.190.175.3651.0
      a- G. Garcia PH10000000.217.298.307.6050.0
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      • a-flied out for Ross in the 8th
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Peraza (27), J. Votto (25), E. Suarez (22), S. Schebler (18)
      • SH - L. Castillo (4)
      • RBI - J. Votto (56), E. Suarez 2 (98), T. Barnhart (41)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - B. Hamilton, S. Schebler 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Martinez 3 (3), M. Adams, T. O'Neill, H. Bader
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - M. Carpenter (3)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Ross-Molina-Adams; Webb-Adams)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      L. Castillo (W, 8-11)6.220021104.831.2829.5
      D. Hernandez1.00001002.551.022.0
      R. Iglesias1.10001302.521.043.5
      Total9.02004140---
      PITCHERSIP
      L. Castillo (W, 8-11)6.2
      D. Hernandez1.0
      R. Iglesias1.1
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Poncedeleon (L, 0-1)3.15331402.881.16-3.0
      T. Ross4.24110304.111.298.5
      T. Webb1.01000004.611.242.0
      Total9.01044170---
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Poncedeleon (L, 0-1)3.1
      T. Ross4.2
      T. Webb1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - L. Castillo 104-67, D. Hernandez 19-10, R. Iglesias 28-16
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Castillo 7-2
      • Batters Faced - L. Castillo 24, D. Hernandez 4, R. Iglesias 5
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Poncedeleon 73-48, T. Ross 57-38, T. Webb 11-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Poncedeleon 2-4, T. Ross 7-3
      • Batters Faced - D. Poncedeleon 16, T. Ross 17, T. Webb 3
      • 7TH INNING
        Barnhart singled to right, Schebler scored40
      • 4TH INNING
        Suarez doubled to left center, Votto and Gennett scored30
        Votto doubled to deep right center, Peraza scored10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Tyler Webb pitching
        • P. Ervin: Ervin flied out to deep center
        • T. Barnhart: Ball, Strike looking, Barnhart singled to center
        • M. Williams: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Williams lined out to pitcher, Barnhart out at first
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • R. Iglesias Pitching:
        • M. Adams: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Adams lined out to left
        • T. O'Neill: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, O'Neill struck out looking
        • P. DeJong: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, DeJong struck out swinging
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • T. Ross Pitching:
        • J. Peraza: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Peraza flied out to deep center
        • J. Votto: Votto grounded out to first
        • S. Gennett: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Gennett reached on an infield single to first
        • E. Suarez: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Suarez reached on an infield single to shortstop, Gennett to second
        • S. Schebler: Ball, Schebler grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Hernandez Pitching:
        • Y. Munoz: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Munoz fouled out to shortstop
        • Greg Garcia hit for Tyson Ross
        • G. Garcia: Strike looking, Ball, Garcia flied out to deep center
        • M. Carpenter: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Carpenter walked
        • Mason Williams in right field
        • Raisel Iglesias pitching
        • Y. Molina: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Molina walked, Carpenter to second
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • T. Ross Pitching:
        • S. Schebler: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Schebler doubled to shallow right
        • P. Ervin: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ervin fouled out to first
        • T. Barnhart: Strike looking, Ball, Barnhart singled to right, Schebler scored
        • L. Castillo: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Castillo hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Barnhart to second
        • B. Hamilton: Hamilton grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • L. Castillo Pitching:
        • M. Adams: Strike looking, Ball, Adams grounded out to third
        • T. O'Neill: O'Neill lined out to right
        • P. DeJong: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, DeJong walked
        • David Hernandez relieved Luis Castillo
        • H. Bader: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Bader flied out to center
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • T. Ross Pitching:
        • J. Votto: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Votto struck out swinging
        • S. Gennett: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gennett flied out to left
        • E. Suarez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Suarez grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • L. Castillo Pitching:
        • T. Ross: Ball, Strike looking, Ross singled to shallow right
        • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Carpenter struck out swinging
        • Y. Molina: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Molina lined out to center
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • T. Ross Pitching:
        • L. Castillo: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Castillo struck out swinging
        • B. Hamilton: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Hamilton struck out swinging
        • J. Peraza: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Peraza grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • L. Castillo Pitching:
        • P. DeJong: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, DeJong grounded out to third
        • H. Bader: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bader struck out swinging
        • Y. Munoz: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Munoz grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • D. Poncedeleon Pitching:
        • B. Hamilton: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Hamilton fouled out to third
        • J. Peraza: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Peraza doubled to deep right center
        • J. Votto: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Votto doubled to deep right center, Peraza scored
        • S. Gennett: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Gennett singled to center, Votto to third
        • E. Suarez: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Suarez doubled to left center, Votto and Gennett scored
        • S. Schebler: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Schebler walked
        • P. Ervin: Ervin singled to left center, Suarez to third, Schebler to second
        • Tyson Ross relieved Daniel Poncedeleon
        • T. Barnhart: Ball, Ball, Ball, Barnhart grounded out to catcher, Suarez out at home
        • Middle of the 4th (3 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • L. Castillo Pitching:
        • Y. Molina: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Molina walked
        • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Martinez reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Molina out at second
        • M. Adams: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Adams struck out swinging
        • T. O'Neill: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, O'Neill struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • D. Poncedeleon Pitching:
        • P. Ervin: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Foul, Ervin grounded out to third
        • T. Barnhart: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Foul, Barnhart flied out to deep left
        • L. Castillo: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Castillo struck out looking
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • L. Castillo Pitching:
        • Y. Munoz: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Munoz struck out swinging
        • D. Poncedeleon: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Poncedeleon struck out looking
        • M. Carpenter: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Carpenter struck out swinging
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • D. Poncedeleon Pitching:
        • S. Gennett: Ball, Ball, Gennett grounded out to second
        • E. Suarez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Suarez struck out on foul tip
        • S. Schebler: Strike swinging, Schebler lined out to center
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • L. Castillo Pitching:
        • T. O'Neill: Ball, Foul, O'Neill grounded out to third
        • P. DeJong: Ball, DeJong grounded out to third
        • H. Bader: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Bader struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • D. Poncedeleon Pitching:
        • B. Hamilton: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Hamilton struck out swinging
        • J. Peraza: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Peraza lined out to center
        • J. Votto: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Votto struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • L. Castillo Pitching:
        • M. Carpenter: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Carpenter singled to right center
        • Y. Molina: Ball, Strike swinging, Carpenter stole second, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Molina struck out swinging
        • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
        • M. Adams: Strike swinging, Adams grounded out to first
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)