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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Scooter Gennett Back To Earth But Reds Top Cardinals With Joey Votto's Home Run

Scooter Gennett’s encore was a double play ground ball with one out and two on in the second inning.  Joey Votto’s 15th home run lifted the Reds to a 6-4 win that sent the St. Louis Cardinals to its sixth straight loss.

Scott Schebler singled off Brett Cecil to open the seventh. After striking out in the fifth, Gennett’s single set up a three-run pinch hit home run by Patrick Kivlehan.  It was Kivlehan’s fourth home run of the season and the first pinch hit home run of his career.

"I hadn't had a pinch hit in awhile," said Kivlehan, who started the Tuesday night game. "I told myself, I'm not even going to the cage until I get up there.  It worked. It was awesome."

"I was so pumped for Kiv,"  Zack Cozart said.  "He didn't even take any practice swings. I told him he should do that all the time."

Cozart, who is second in the National League with a .353 batting average coming into the game doubled with two out in the inning. Votto greeted Trevor Rosenthall the game-winning home run.

It was the Reds' 13th come-from-behind win.

"We need to get a lead and stay ahead," Votto said.

"They never cease to amaze me," Bryan Price said.  "Right-handed batters are hitting .200 against Cecil.  Kiv just stayed in the middle of the field and didn't try to do too much."

Schebler missed three games with a strained left shoulder but returned to reclaim the National League lead with his 17th home run leading off the fifth.  Schebler finished with three-hits and a walk in four trips to the plate

Bronson Arroyo was touched for three runs in the third.

Matt Carpenter, who spent two years as the St. Louis Cardinals’ leadoff hitter, hit his 10th home run in his former spot in the batting order to lead the Cardinals to a 4-1 win, which snapped the team’s five-game losing streak.

A walk to Tommy Pham and a double by Stephen Piscotty  Jedd Gyorko gave the Cardinals and their starter, Lance Lynn a 3-0 lead.

The Cardinals got the run back when pinch hitter Dexter Fowler doubled over Billy Hamilton’s head in centerfield off Wandy Peralta.  Peralta relieved Arroyo with two on and two out in the sixth.  Aledmys Diaz scored but Eric Fryer was thrown out at the plate by Hamilton and Gennett’s relay to Devin Mesoraco. 

Cardinal manager Mike Matheny asked to review the play, claiming Mesoraco blocked the plate but the call was confirmed.

Peralta added a scoreless inning.  Michael Lorenzen pitched a scoreless inning and turned the game over to Raisell Iglasias, who made a winner out of Peralta with his 11th straight save.

Cozart has now reached base in 29 straight games.  He is also second in the league with a .447 on-base-percentage.

Fittingly, Gennett handled the final out of the game.  He used his glove.  Gennett turned two double plays in addition to making the perfect relay in the sixth.

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