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Saturday, September 12, 2015

Reds Shake Cardinal Jinx Complete Two Wins

The Reds had lost nine straight series to the St. Louis Cardinals at Great American Ball Park since September 2011.  Saturday the Reds completed the suspended game from Friday night and one the regularly scheduled game, 5-1.

Combined with the Reds 11-0 win Thursday, the wins ensured the Reds of winning this four-game series regardless of the outcome Sunday.

Skip Schumaker hit his first home run of the season in the regularly scheduled game against the St. Louis Cardinals. Adam Duvall and Ramon Cabrera hit home runs in the suspended game as the Reds beat their arch rivals 4-2.

The Friday night game was suspended in the top of the eighth inning with Pete Kozma on firstbase with no outs.  J.J. Hoover worked out of the innings to pick up the win.

Eugenio Suarez singled with one out and scored on Duvall's third hit as a Red, all home runs.  Duvall didn't think he had enough of it.

"I didn't think it would go out at first. I saw him (Jason Hayward) going back. I couldn't tell if it hit the top of the fence or hit the concrete behind it," said Duvall, who executed the "Duvall crawl" around the bases with winning runs in tow. "I feel like part of my job is to drive in runs. It's gratifying."
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Aroldis Chapman struck out the side in the ninth for his 30th save.

Anthony DeSclafani started off slowly in the scheduled game.

Matt Carpenter doubled to open the game. Stephen Piscotty and Jason Hayward singled to put the Cardinals up a run.  DeSclafani struck out the side and put together a string of 12 more batters retired before Carpenter singled to start the sixth. DeSclafani struck out two and walked one to get out of the inning.

The rookie right-hander posted his third win over the Cardinals this season. He pitched seven scoreless innings to beat them on August 4 and won a 3-2 decision July 29 with six innings, allowing two runs.

DeSclafani finished six innings, allowing one run on four hits and struck out 10.

Lance Lynn issued three walks in the first four innings but no hits.  Lynn took the 1-0 lead into the fifth inning but Eugenio Suarez broke the spell with a hit.  Tucker Barnhart singled.  Lynn appeared to be getting out of inning when DeSclafani fouled off a bunt with two strikes and Billy Hamilton popped up  Schumaker hit a majestic fly that landed about eight rows in the rightfield bleachers off Lynn.

It was his first home run since August 13 last year against Boston.  Bryan Pena is now the only position player who has been here all year without a home run.

Joey Votto's sacrifice fly with the bases loaded added the Reds' fourth run.  Votto's fly was caught by Hayward in centerfield a step in front of the 404' sign in the crease where the rightfield and leftfield fences meet.  Barnhart's second hit scored Jay Bruce who doubled to open the eighth.

The run took it beyond the circumstances for a save. Jumbo Diaz was chosen to finish off the Cardinals.

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