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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Reds Batter Arch Rival St. Louis Cardinals

Todd Frazier snapped a second half slump with three hits, including his 40th double and 32nd home run, and drove in three runs, leading the Reds to a lopsided 11-0 win over their arch-rival St. Louis Cardinals..

John Lamb was effectively wild. He walked six five innings but the Reds' gloves got him out of jams by turning two double plays and the bats made him the winning pitcher for the first time in his career.

The Reds scored two runs off Jaime Garcia who was 5-0 with a 1.76 ERA since August 1.

Todd Frazier singled to open the second inning and was forced at second by Jay Bruce.  Eugenio Suarez singled. Tucker Barnhart walked. Lamb hit a high chop into the hole at shortstop that bounced too high for Jhonny Peralta to turn it into a double play. Lamb beat the return throw to first for his first Major League RBI.

The Reds put runners on first and third with no outs when Jason Bourgeois walked and Joey Votto singled to send him to third.  Phillips beat another relay between Peralta and Matt Carpenter for the second run.
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Billy Hamilton ignited a fifth inning rally that chased Garcia from the contest. Hamilton beat out a base hit on a ground ball into the hole at short. Bourgeois walked for the second time.  Votto drilled a double high off the wall in the leftfield corner, scoring Hamilton and sending Bourgeois to third.  Phillips hit a sacrifice fly. Frazier hit his league leading 40th double of the season. Garcia was finished.. Randy Choate entered for the Cardinals. Choate's wild pitch sent Frazier to third. Jay Bruce hit a sacrifice fly to center.

Lamb finished five innings to qualify for the win. Tony Cingrani came in for the first time since he was recalled from Louisville.  Lamb threw 98 pitches in his five scoreless innings.Lamb's six walks and six strike outs prevented him from pitching any deeper into the game.

Phillips hit his 12th home run off Mitch Harris in the seventh. Skip Schumaker doubled home two runs charged to Harris with a double off Sam Tuivailala.

Frazier hit his 32nd home run with a man on off Tuivailala to cap the scoring in the eighth.

Cingrani, Manny Parra, Sam LeCure and Ryan Mattheus pitched one scoreless inning apiece to fashion the shutout.

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