Reds snap 4-game losing skid with 3-2 win over Cardinals

CINCINNATI (AP) Josh VanMeter's attempt to move the runner cleared the bases.

Yasiel Puig hit a game-tying double to end Miles Mikolas' shutout bid, VanMeter followed with his first major league home run and the Cincinnati Reds snapped a four-game losing streak with a 3-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday.

''Man on second nobody out - honestly, I was just trying to move the runner,'' VanMeter said. ''I got a pitch elevated and hit it out of the park, and did it feel good. It is a weight off my shoulders.

''The other cool part of it is, I knew I got it. Usually, I don't show emotion. Emotions kind of took over. It was a lot of fun, a dream come true. You hit so many in Triple A, then you come up here and don't hit one in 49 at-bats. You wonder if you're ever going to hit one.''

VanMeter and Eugenio Suarez each had two hits for the Reds, who are in last place in the NL Central, a season-high nine games behind first-place Chicago.

''It was a good game,'' St. Louis manager Mike Shildt said ''They pitched well. We pitched well. They came out on top.

Mikolas hadn't allowed a runner past first base before Suarez led off the seventh with a walk and scored from first on a double into the left-center field gap by Puig. Two pitches later, VanMeter homered into the Cincinnati bullpen down the right field line.

''We are really happy for Josh VanMeter,'' Reds manager David Bell said. ''It was a big home run, obviously. He can hit. He has a good approach at the plate. He takes good at-bats. His demeanor is calm. He's competitive, but he is also very steady. It shows up in good at-bats.''

''You never want to start an inning walking a guy,'' Mikolas said. ''There were a couple of close pitches.''

Mikolas (6-10) allowed six hits and three runs with two walks and four strikeouts. He also hit a batter.

Amir Garrett (4-1) pitched a perfect seventh in his first appearance since July 2 after coming off the disabled list on Saturday.

Matt Wieters led off the sixth with his seventh homer of the season for the Cardinals, who had won three straight and six of seven to move into second place in the division. Harrison Bader scored from third on Jose Martinez's groundout against Michael Lorenzen in the eighth.

Lorenzen stayed in the game and earned his sixth save.

One day after St. Louis overpowered Cincinnati in a 12-11, nine-inning slugfest that lasted 11 minutes shy of four hours, Mikolas and All-Star Luis Castillo hooked up in a pitcher's duel through six innings that ended in a crisp 2 hours, 36 minutes.

The teams turned a combined five double plays through the first five innings while moving just one runner into scoring position.

Castillo left for a pinch-hitter after six innings. He limited St. Louis to five hits and one run with a walk and five strikeouts.

FRESH ARM

After watching their relievers pile up 15 innings over the last three games, the Cardinals recalled RHP Ryan Helsley from Triple-A Memphis and optioned INF Edmundo Sosa to Memphis before Saturday's game. Helsley has pitched in seven St. Louis games this season.

WELCOME BACK

The Reds activated RHP Raisel Iglesias from the three-day paternity list and LHP Amir Garrett from the 10-day injured list before Saturday's game. RHP Jimmy Herget and Matt Bowman were optioned to Triple-A Louisville.

COVERING GROUND

Reds SS Jose Iglesias sprinted a long way into short left field near the line to make a lunging backhand grab with his back to the infield of Tommy Edman's popup with nobody out and Mikolas on second in the sixth.

ANY WAY

One out into the sixth inning, Mikolas plunked pinch-hitter Derek Dietrich in the right knee with a pitch, the major league-leading 22nd time Dietrich has been by a pitch this season.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Reds: The Reds hope RHP Tyler Mahle can make his next start on Wednesday at Milwaukee after his hamstring tightened on his last pitch Saturday.

UP NEXT

Cardinals: RHP Jack Flaherty (4-6) allowed four hits in seven scoreless innings of St. Louis's 5-2 win on April 28 at Busch Stadium.

Reds: RHP Anthony DeSclafani (5-4) is 3-1 with a 3.32 earned-run average over his last seven starts.

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  • W: A. Garrett (4-1)L: M. Mikolas (6-10)S: M. Lorenzen (6)
  • HR: STL - M. Wieters (7), CIN - J. VanMeter (1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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T. Edman 3B40300001.275.301.513.8145.0
J. Martinez RF30010113.274.345.417.7621.5
P. Goldschmidt 1B40000025.248.335.424.759-1.0
T. O'Neill LF40000023.303.330.505.835-1.0
D. Fowler CF30000010.245.345.405.750-0.5
R. Helsley P0000-0001.0001.0001.000.000-
a- Y. Munoz PH10000000.288.308.356.6640.0
K. Wong 2B40100000.252.335.374.7091.0
P. DeJong SS30000011.252.332.440.772-0.5
M. Wieters C31111010.238.297.465.7635.5
M. Mikolas P20100000.176.176.206.3822.0
H. Bader CF01000100.207.325.361.6862.0
  • a-lined out for Helsley in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Winker CF30100121.255.337.457.7932.0
N. Senzel PR-CF00000000.273.336.471.8060.0
J. Votto 1B40000003.256.346.393.7390.0
E. Suarez 3B21200200.250.330.506.8367.0
Y. Puig RF41110024.263.307.500.8073.0
J. VanMeter LF41221002.255.377.373.7508.0
J. Peraza 2B30100001.245.292.376.6671.0
J. Iglesias SS30000001.282.313.387.6990.0
J. Graterol C30000001.182.182.182.3640.0
L. Castillo P10000010.081.081.081.162-0.5
a- D. Dietrich PH00000000.217.353.538.8901.0
A. Garrett P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- S. Gennett PH10000001.150.190.175.3650.0
M. Lorenzen P00000000.273.333.364.6970.0
  • a-hit by pitch for Castillo in the 6th
  • b-lined out for Garrett in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - T. Edman 2 (3), M. Mikolas
  • HR - M. Wieters (7)
  • RBI - J. Martinez (36), M. Wieters (16)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - P. Goldschmidt, T. O'Neill 3 (3)
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Winker (13), Y. Puig (13)
  • HR - J. VanMeter
  • RBI - Y. Puig (59), J. VanMeter 2 (6)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Votto, Y. Puig, J. VanMeter 2 (2), S. Gennett
BASERUNNING
  • SB - E. Suarez (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - 3 (Goldschmidt-DeJong; Edman-Wong-Goldschmidt; DeJong-Wong-Goldschmidt)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Iglesias-Peraza-Votto; Peraza-Iglesias-Votto)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Mikolas (L, 6-10)6.06332414.171.237.0
R. Helsley2.01001102.920.974.5
PITCHERSIP
M. Mikolas (L, 6-10)6.0
R. Helsley2.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
L. Castillo6.05111412.361.1116.0
A. Garrett (W, 4-1)1.00000201.661.1811.0
M. Lorenzen (S, 6)2.01111203.551.2611.0
PITCHERSIP
L. Castillo6.0
A. Garrett (W, 4-1)1.0
M. Lorenzen (S, 6)2.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - R. Helsley (2)
  • HBP - M. Mikolas (6)
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Mikolas 91-54, R. Helsley 28-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Mikolas 9-2, R. Helsley 1-4
  • Batters Faced - M. Mikolas 24, R. Helsley 8
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - L. Castillo 88-59, A. Garrett 10-7, M. Lorenzen 28-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Castillo 10-2, A. Garrett 1-0, M. Lorenzen 1-3
  • Batters Faced - L. Castillo 22, A. Garrett 3, M. Lorenzen 8
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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T. Edman 3B40300001.275.301.513.8145.0
J. Martinez RF30010113.274.345.417.7621.5
P. Goldschmidt 1B40000025.248.335.424.759-1.0
T. O'Neill LF40000023.303.330.505.835-1.0
D. Fowler CF30000010.245.345.405.750-0.5
R. Helsley P0000-0001.0001.0001.000.000-
a- Y. Munoz PH10000000.288.308.356.6640.0
K. Wong 2B40100000.252.335.374.7091.0
P. DeJong SS30000011.252.332.440.772-0.5
M. Wieters C31111010.238.297.465.7635.5
M. Mikolas P20100000.176.176.206.3822.0
H. Bader CF01000100.207.325.361.6862.0
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  • a-lined out for Helsley in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Winker CF30100121.255.337.457.7932.0
N. Senzel PR-CF00000000.273.336.471.8060.0
J. Votto 1B40000003.256.346.393.7390.0
E. Suarez 3B21200200.250.330.506.8367.0
Y. Puig RF41110024.263.307.500.8073.0
J. VanMeter LF41221002.255.377.373.7508.0
J. Peraza 2B30100001.245.292.376.6671.0
J. Iglesias SS30000001.282.313.387.6990.0
J. Graterol C30000001.182.182.182.3640.0
L. Castillo P10000010.081.081.081.162-0.5
a- D. Dietrich PH00000000.217.353.538.8901.0
A. Garrett P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- S. Gennett PH10000001.150.190.175.3650.0
M. Lorenzen P00000000.273.333.364.6970.0
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  • a-hit by pitch for Castillo in the 6th
  • b-lined out for Garrett in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - T. Edman 2 (3), M. Mikolas
  • HR - M. Wieters (7)
  • RBI - J. Martinez (36), M. Wieters (16)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - P. Goldschmidt, T. O'Neill 3 (3)
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Winker (13), Y. Puig (13)
  • HR - J. VanMeter
  • RBI - Y. Puig (59), J. VanMeter 2 (6)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Votto, Y. Puig, J. VanMeter 2 (2), S. Gennett
BASERUNNING
  • SB - E. Suarez (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - 3 (Goldschmidt-DeJong; Edman-Wong-Goldschmidt; DeJong-Wong-Goldschmidt)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Iglesias-Peraza-Votto; Peraza-Iglesias-Votto)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Mikolas (L, 6-10)6.06332414.171.237.0
R. Helsley2.01001102.920.974.5
Total8.0733351---
PITCHERSIP
M. Mikolas (L, 6-10)6.0
R. Helsley2.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
L. Castillo6.05111412.361.1116.0
A. Garrett (W, 4-1)1.00000201.661.1811.0
M. Lorenzen (S, 6)2.01111203.551.2611.0
Total9.0622281---
PITCHERSIP
L. Castillo6.0
A. Garrett (W, 4-1)1.0
M. Lorenzen (S, 6)2.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - R. Helsley (2)
  • HBP - M. Mikolas (6)
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Mikolas 91-54, R. Helsley 28-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Mikolas 9-2, R. Helsley 1-4
  • Batters Faced - M. Mikolas 24, R. Helsley 8
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - L. Castillo 88-59, A. Garrett 10-7, M. Lorenzen 28-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Castillo 10-2, A. Garrett 1-0, M. Lorenzen 1-3
  • Batters Faced - L. Castillo 22, A. Garrett 3, M. Lorenzen 8
  • 8TH INNING
    Martinez grounded out to second, Bader scored, Edman to third23
  • 7TH INNING
    VanMeter homered to right, Puig scored13
    Puig doubled to deep center, Suarez scored11
  • 6TH INNING
    Wieters homered to center10
  • 9TH INNING
    • M. Lorenzen Pitching:
    • T. O'Neill: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, O'Neill struck out swinging
    • Yairo Munoz hit for Ryan Helsley
    • Y. Munoz: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Munoz lined out to left
    • K. Wong: Ball, Wong flied out to deep left
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Michael Lorenzen pitching
    • M. Wieters: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Wieters struck out swinging
    • H. Bader: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bader walked
    • T. Edman: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Edman doubled to left, Bader to third
    • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Martinez grounded out to second, Bader scored, Edman to third
    • P. Goldschmidt: Goldschmidt flied out to left
    • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • R. Helsley Pitching:
    • J. Winker: Ball, Foul, Winker doubled to deep left
    • J. Votto: Ball, Ball, Votto grounded out to second, Senzel to third
    • E. Suarez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Suarez intentionally walked
    • Y. Puig: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Puig struck out swinging
    • J. VanMeter: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Suarez stole second, VanMeter lined out to first
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Amir Garrett pitching
    • D. Fowler: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Fowler struck out swinging
    • K. Wong: Wong grounded bunt out to pitcher
    • P. DeJong: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, DeJong struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Mikolas Pitching:
    • E. Suarez: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Suarez walked
    • Y. Puig: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Puig doubled to deep center, Suarez scored
    • J. VanMeter: Pickoff attempt, Ball, VanMeter homered to right, Puig scored
    • J. Peraza: Ball, Peraza singled to left center
    • Harrison Bader in center field
    • Ryan Helsley pitching
    • J. Iglesias: Ball, Foul, Iglesias flied out to center, Peraza to second
    • J. Graterol: Ball, Ball, Graterol flied out to right
    • Scooter Gennett hit for Amir Garrett
    • S. Gennett: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Gennett lined out to center
    • End of the 7th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • L. Castillo Pitching:
    • M. Wieters: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Wieters homered to center
    • M. Mikolas: Mikolas doubled to deep center
    • T. Edman: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Edman popped out to shortstop
    • J. Martinez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Martinez walked
    • P. Goldschmidt: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Goldschmidt struck out swinging
    • T. O'Neill: Strike swinging, O'Neill reached on fielder's choice to third, Mikolas out at third
    • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Mikolas Pitching:
    • J. Graterol: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Graterol grounded out to third
    • Derek Dietrich hit for Luis Castillo
    • D. Dietrich: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Dietrich hit by pitch
    • J. Winker: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Winker struck out on foul tip
    • J. Votto: Votto grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • L. Castillo Pitching:
    • D. Fowler: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Fowler grounded out to second
    • K. Wong: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Wong singled to center
    • P. DeJong: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, DeJong grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Wong out at second
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Mikolas Pitching:
    • J. VanMeter: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, VanMeter grounded out to pitcher
    • J. Peraza: Peraza lined out to second
    • J. Iglesias: Ball, Strike looking, Iglesias grounded out to second
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • L. Castillo Pitching:
    • T. Edman: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Edman doubled to left
    • J. Martinez: Foul, Martinez grounded out to first, Edman to third
    • P. Goldschmidt: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Goldschmidt struck out swinging
    • T. O'Neill: O'Neill flied out to left
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Mikolas Pitching:
    • J. Votto: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Votto lined out to shortstop
    • E. Suarez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Suarez singled to left
    • Y. Puig: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Puig grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Suarez out at second
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • L. Castillo Pitching:
    • P. DeJong: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, DeJong grounded out to second
    • M. Wieters: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Wieters grounded out to second
    • M. Mikolas: Mikolas grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Mikolas Pitching:
    • J. Graterol: Ball, Foul, Foul, Graterol grounded out to third
    • L. Castillo: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Castillo struck out swinging
    • J. Winker: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Winker struck out looking
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • L. Castillo Pitching:
    • T. O'Neill: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, O'Neill struck out swinging
    • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Fowler grounded out to shortstop
    • K. Wong: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Wong grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Mikolas Pitching:
    • J. VanMeter: Strike looking, VanMeter singled to center
    • J. Peraza: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Peraza grounded into double play third to second to first, VanMeter out at second
    • J. Iglesias: Iglesias grounded out to third
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • L. Castillo Pitching:
    • T. Edman: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Edman singled to center
    • J. Martinez: Foul, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
    • P. Goldschmidt: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Goldschmidt grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Edman out at second
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Mikolas Pitching:
    • J. Winker: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Winker walked
    • J. Votto: Strike looking, Votto grounded into double play first to shortstop, Winker out at second
    • E. Suarez: Ball, Suarez singled to right
    • Y. Puig: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Puig struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)