Gray, Reds stop Cardinals' win streak with 2-1 victory

CINCINNATI (AP) Sonny Gray was terrific for Cincinnati once again.

Especially at a key moment in the third inning.

Gray struck out 10 while pitching five scoreless innings, and the Reds held off the St. Louis Cardinals for a 2-1 victory Thursday night.

St. Louis had won five in a row to move into a virtual tie with Chicago for the NL Central lead. The Cubs had a chance to move in front again, but they lost 7-5 at Philadelphia on Bryce Harper's game-ending grand slam.

The Cardinals wasted a prime scoring opportunity in the third when Paul Goldschmidt struck out looking with the bases loaded and two out. Gray, Robert Stephenson, Michael Lorenzen and Raisel Iglesias combined for a two-hitter.

''It was a big spot there,'' Gray said. ''I fed him a lot of breaking stuff. I took a chance with a heater. It was a two-seamer that broke back just enough to catch the corner.''

Iglesias surrendered Kolten Wong's check-swing RBI double in the ninth before retiring pinch-hitter Matt Wieters on a fly ball to center to finish his 24th save.

Nick Senzel and Eugenio Suarez each drove in a run for Cincinnati, which stopped a four-game slide.

Dexter Fowler had St. Louis' first hit, a two-out single in the fifth. Gray then struck out Matt Carpenter to extend his scoreless streak to a career-high 18 innings.

''Sonny was great, and he left it all out there,'' Reds manager David Bell said. ''He worked hard against good hitters and shut them down. He gave us everything he had. Sonny has good self-awareness. He competed hard in a low-scoring game where every run counts.''

Gray (8-6) walked three and hit a batter while throwing 97 pitches. Stephenson pitched the sixth inning and Lorenzen got five outs before Iglesias closed it out. Cincinnati finished with 15 strikeouts.

''That's a tough recipe, 15 strikeouts and two hits,'' St. Louis manager Mike Shildt said. ''Their pitchers did a phenomenal job tonight.''

St. Louis had won Michael Wacha's last 13 starts against Cincinnati, dating to September 2014. He had earned the win in 10 of them, including each of the last seven.

Wacha (6-6) extended St. Louis' streak of consecutive scoreless innings to 22 before the Reds pushed across two runs in a fifth that he described as a ''weird little inning.''

Jose Iglesias led off with a single and went to second when Tucker Barnhart was hit in the shoulder and head with a pitch. The runners moved up on Gray's sacrifice bunt, and Iglesias scored on Senzel's chopper fielded by second baseman Kolten Wong behind the mound with no time to throw out Iglesias at the plate.

One out later, Suarez drove in Senzel with a single to center.

''I felt good,'' said Wacha, who fell to 13-2 in his career against Cincinnati. ''I was down in the zone, getting weak contact and letting the defense make plays. That's usually the way I pitch.''

BULLPEN SHAKEUP

Cincinnati promoted right-handers Matt Bowman and Joel Kuhnel from Triple-A Louisville. Right-hander Sal Romano was sent down, and veteran reliever Jared Hughes was claimed off waivers by Philadelphia.

TOUGH IT OUT

The game was delayed several minutes in the top of the fourth inning while a Reds trainer tended to plate umpire Roberto Ortiz, who took a foul tip off his right shoulder. Ortiz stayed behind the plate.

GOOD COMPANY

Gray is the first Reds pitcher to produce three consecutive scoreless starts in the same season since Tom Browning in June 1989 and the first Reds right-hander to accomplish the feat since Jose Rijo in August and September 1988.

SEASON HIGH

Jose Iglesias had two hits to extend his hitting streak to 10 games, the longest by a Reds player this season.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cardinals: Inflammation in OF Jose Martinez's right shoulder was clearing up enough for him to receive a cortisone shot later Thursday or Friday, Shildt said.

Reds: 1B Joey Votto was scratched with low back tightness.

UP NEXT

Cardinals: RHP Adam Wainwright (8-8) allowed nine hits and seven runs in 3 1/3 innings in his last start against Cincinnati on July 19, a 12-11 St. Louis win.

Reds: Luis Castillo (11-4) has allowed seven hits and two runs over 12 innings in two starts against St. Louis this season. Cincinnati won both games.

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  • W: S. Gray (8-6)L: M. Wacha (6-6)S: R. Iglesias (24)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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M. Carpenter 3B30000022.217.322.365.6870.0
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M. Ozuna LF21000220.253.335.503.8384.0
P. DeJong SS40000022.248.325.450.775-1.0
Y. Molina C40000012.253.278.355.633-0.5
K. Wong 2B30110111.272.355.397.7525.5
R. Arozarena CF30000011.286.286.286.571-0.5
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M. Wacha P20000021.179.179.214.393-1.0
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  • a-flied out for Helsley in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
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J. VanMeter 1B40100002.282.368.462.8301.0
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E. Suarez 3B40210011.260.343.532.8752.5
A. Aquino RF30000101.362.412.9571.3691.0
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F. Galvis 2B40100021.274.305.454.7590.0
J. Iglesias SS41200002.293.322.418.7403.0
T. Barnhart C20000002.221.321.376.6971.0
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M. Lorenzen P0000-000.273.333.364.000-
K. Farmer 1B00000000.246.286.435.7200.0
  • a-flied out for Stephenson in the 6th
BATTING
  • 2B - K. Wong (20)
  • RBI - K. Wong (43)
  • 2-Out RBI - K. Wong (23)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Carpenter, P. Goldschmidt 4 (4), K. Wong, M. Wieters
BATTING
  • 2B - P. Ervin (7)
  • SH - S. Gray (11)
  • RBI - N. Senzel (37), E. Suarez (76)
  • 2-Out RBI - E. Suarez (24)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - E. Suarez, A. Aquino, P. Ervin 3 (3), J. Iglesias, T. Barnhart, J. Peraza
BASERUNNING
  • SB - D. Fowler (7), M. Ozuna (12), K. Wong (16)
BASERUNNING
  • Picked Off - P. Ervin
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Wacha (L, 6-6)5.05222305.441.632.5
T. Webb0.21000003.461.06-1.0
J. Fernandez0.10000009.001.000.0
R. Helsley2.01000302.081.046.5
PITCHERSIP
M. Wacha (L, 6-6)5.0
T. Webb0.2
J. Fernandez0.1
R. Helsley2.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Gray (W, 8-6)5.010031002.981.1223.0
R. Stephenson (H, 4)1.00000204.411.144.0
M. Lorenzen (H, 14)1.20001203.391.333.0
R. Iglesias (S, 24)1.11111104.011.287.5
PITCHERSIP
S. Gray (W, 8-6)5.0
R. Stephenson (H, 4)1.0
M. Lorenzen (H, 14)1.2
R. Iglesias (S, 24)1.1
PITCHING
  • WP - M. Wacha
  • IBB - M. Wacha (4)
  • HBP - M. Wacha (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Wacha 80-50, T. Webb 11-8, J. Fernandez 5-4, R. Helsley 23-20
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Wacha 8-4, T. Webb 1-1, R. Helsley 3-0
  • Batters Faced - M. Wacha 23, T. Webb 3, J. Fernandez, R. Helsley 7
PITCHING
  • HBP - S. Gray (4)
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Gray 97-55, R. Stephenson 15-13, M. Lorenzen 23-14, R. Iglesias 20-14
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Gray 1-4, R. Stephenson 1-0, M. Lorenzen 2-1, R. Iglesias 1-2
  • Batters Faced - S. Gray 20, R. Stephenson 3, M. Lorenzen 6, R. Iglesias 6
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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D. Fowler RF-CF30100121.246.344.417.7613.0
M. Carpenter 3B30000022.217.322.365.6870.0
P. Goldschmidt 1B40000024.256.332.460.792-1.0
M. Ozuna LF21000220.253.335.503.8384.0
P. DeJong SS40000022.248.325.450.775-1.0
Y. Molina C40000012.253.278.355.633-0.5
K. Wong 2B30110111.272.355.397.7525.5
R. Arozarena CF30000011.286.286.286.571-0.5
R. Helsley P0000-0001.0001.0001.000.000-
a- M. Wieters PH10000001.230.280.459.7390.0
M. Wacha P20000021.179.179.214.393-1.0
T. Webb P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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  • a-flied out for Helsley in the 9th
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N. Senzel CF41010021.269.324.443.7671.0
J. VanMeter 1B40100002.282.368.462.8301.0
R. Iglesias P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
E. Suarez 3B40210011.260.343.532.8752.5
A. Aquino RF30000101.362.412.9571.3691.0
P. Ervin LF30100103.348.411.580.9923.0
F. Galvis 2B40100021.274.305.454.7590.0
J. Iglesias SS41200002.293.322.418.7403.0
T. Barnhart C20000002.221.321.376.6971.0
S. Gray P10000010.171.216.229.445-0.5
R. Stephenson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- J. Peraza PH10000001.240.286.353.6390.0
M. Lorenzen P0000-000.273.333.364.000-
K. Farmer 1B00000000.246.286.435.7200.0
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  • a-flied out for Stephenson in the 6th
BATTING
  • 2B - K. Wong (20)
  • RBI - K. Wong (43)
  • 2-Out RBI - K. Wong (23)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Carpenter, P. Goldschmidt 4 (4), K. Wong, M. Wieters
BATTING
  • 2B - P. Ervin (7)
  • SH - S. Gray (11)
  • RBI - N. Senzel (37), E. Suarez (76)
  • 2-Out RBI - E. Suarez (24)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - E. Suarez, A. Aquino, P. Ervin 3 (3), J. Iglesias, T. Barnhart, J. Peraza
BASERUNNING
  • SB - D. Fowler (7), M. Ozuna (12), K. Wong (16)
BASERUNNING
  • Picked Off - P. Ervin
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Wacha (L, 6-6)5.05222305.441.632.5
T. Webb0.21000003.461.06-1.0
J. Fernandez0.10000009.001.000.0
R. Helsley2.01000302.081.046.5
Total8.0722260---
PITCHERSIP
M. Wacha (L, 6-6)5.0
T. Webb0.2
J. Fernandez0.1
R. Helsley2.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Gray (W, 8-6)5.010031002.981.1223.0
R. Stephenson (H, 4)1.00000204.411.144.0
M. Lorenzen (H, 14)1.20001203.391.333.0
R. Iglesias (S, 24)1.11111104.011.287.5
Total9.02115150---
PITCHERSIP
S. Gray (W, 8-6)5.0
R. Stephenson (H, 4)1.0
M. Lorenzen (H, 14)1.2
R. Iglesias (S, 24)1.1
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - M. Wacha
  • IBB - M. Wacha (4)
  • HBP - M. Wacha (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Wacha 80-50, T. Webb 11-8, J. Fernandez 5-4, R. Helsley 23-20
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Wacha 8-4, T. Webb 1-1, R. Helsley 3-0
  • Batters Faced - M. Wacha 23, T. Webb 3, J. Fernandez, R. Helsley 7
PITCHING
  • HBP - S. Gray (4)
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Gray 97-55, R. Stephenson 15-13, M. Lorenzen 23-14, R. Iglesias 20-14
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Gray 1-4, R. Stephenson 1-0, M. Lorenzen 2-1, R. Iglesias 1-2
  • Batters Faced - S. Gray 20, R. Stephenson 3, M. Lorenzen 6, R. Iglesias 6
  • 9TH INNING
    Wong doubled to shallow left, Ozuna scored12
  • 5TH INNING
    Suarez singled to shallow center, Senzel scored, VanMeter to third02
    Senzel reached on fielder's choice to second, Iglesias scored, Barnhart to third01
  • 9TH INNING
    • R. Iglesias Pitching:
    • M. Ozuna: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ozuna walked
    • P. DeJong: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, DeJong struck out swinging
    • Y. Molina: Foul, Molina grounded out to third, Ozuna to second
    • K. Wong: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Wong doubled to shallow left, Ozuna scored
    • Matt Wieters hit for Ryan Helsley
    • M. Wieters: Wieters flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • M. Lorenzen Pitching:
    • T. Edman: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Edman walked
    • D. Fowler: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Fowler struck out swinging
    • M. Carpenter: Carpenter flied out to deep left
    • Kyle Farmer at first base
    • Raisel Iglesias pitching
    • P. Goldschmidt: Goldschmidt flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • R. Helsley Pitching:
    • A. Aquino: Aquino grounded out to shortstop
    • P. Ervin: Ball, Ervin doubled to deep left
    • F. Galvis: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Galvis struck out on foul tip
    • J. Iglesias: Iglesias grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Michael Lorenzen pitching
    • Y. Molina: Ball, Foul, Molina grounded out to third
    • K. Wong: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Wong struck out swinging
    • R. Arozarena: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Arozarena grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Ryan Helsley pitching
    • Tommy Edman in right field
    • N. Senzel: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul tip, Senzel struck out on foul tip
    • J. VanMeter: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, VanMeter grounded out to second
    • E. Suarez: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Suarez struck out swinging
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Robert Stephenson relieved Sonny Gray
    • P. Goldschmidt: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Goldschmidt struck out swinging
    • M. Ozuna: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Ozuna struck out swinging
    • P. DeJong: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, DeJong grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Tyler Webb relieved Michael Wacha
    • F. Galvis: Strike looking, Galvis singled to shallow left
    • J. Iglesias: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Iglesias fouled out to first
    • T. Barnhart: Ball, Ball, Barnhart grounded out to pitcher, Galvis to second
    • Jose Peraza hit for Robert Stephenson
    • Junior Fernandez relieved Tyler Webb
    • J. Peraza: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Peraza flied out to left
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • S. Gray Pitching:
    • R. Arozarena: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Arozarena popped out to shortstop
    • M. Wacha: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Wacha struck out looking
    • D. Fowler: Foul, Ball, Ball, Fowler singled to center
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Fowler stole second, Strike swinging, Carpenter struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Wacha Pitching:
    • J. Iglesias: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Iglesias singled to shallow right
    • T. Barnhart: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Barnhart hit by pitch, Iglesias to second
    • S. Gray: Ball, Gray hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Iglesias to third, Barnhart to second
    • N. Senzel: Ball, Foul, Senzel reached on fielder's choice to second, Iglesias scored, Barnhart to third
    • J. VanMeter: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt to first, VanMeter reached on fielder's choice to first, Barnhart out at home, Senzel to second
    • E. Suarez: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Suarez singled to shallow center, Senzel scored, VanMeter to third
    • A. Aquino: Ball, Suarez to second on wild pitch, Aquino intentionally walked
    • P. Ervin: Ball, Ervin flied out to deep right
    • End of the 5th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • S. Gray Pitching:
    • M. Ozuna: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ozuna walked
    • P. DeJong: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, DeJong struck out looking
    • Y. Molina: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ozuna stole second, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Molina struck out looking
    • K. Wong: Ball, Ball, Foul, Wong grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Wacha Pitching:
    • A. Aquino: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Aquino fouled out to first
    • P. Ervin: Ervin grounded out to third
    • F. Galvis: Ball, Foul, Ball, Galvis flied out to shallow right
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • S. Gray Pitching:
    • K. Wong: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Wong walked
    • R. Arozarena: Ball, Strike swinging, Wong stole second, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Arozarena struck out swinging
    • M. Wacha: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Wacha struck out swinging
    • D. Fowler: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Fowler walked
    • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Ball, Carpenter hit by pitch, Wong to third, Fowler to second
    • P. Goldschmidt: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Goldschmidt struck out looking
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Wacha Pitching:
    • S. Gray: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Gray struck out looking
    • N. Senzel: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Senzel struck out swinging
    • J. VanMeter: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, VanMeter singled to left
    • E. Suarez: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Suarez flied out to deep right
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • S. Gray Pitching:
    • M. Ozuna: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ozuna struck out swinging
    • P. DeJong: DeJong fouled out to first
    • Y. Molina: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Molina flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Wacha Pitching:
    • P. Ervin: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ervin walked
    • F. Galvis: Ervin out at first, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Galvis struck out looking
    • J. Iglesias: Iglesias singled to center
    • T. Barnhart: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Barnhart grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • S. Gray Pitching:
    • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Fowler struck out swinging
    • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Carpenter struck out looking
    • P. Goldschmidt: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Goldschmidt lined out to center
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Wacha Pitching:
    • N. Senzel: Strike looking, Senzel grounded out to third
    • J. VanMeter: Strike looking, Strike looking, VanMeter grounded out to second
    • E. Suarez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Suarez singled to left center
    • A. Aquino: Ball, Aquino grounded out to third
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)