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Jedd Gyorko’s RBI single in the top of the 10th inning Friday night lifted the St. Louis Cardinals to a 7-6 win over the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.
Marcell Ozuna started the winning rally with a one-out walk against Raisel Iglesias (1-1). Yadier Molina slapped a hit-and-run single to right that pushed Ozuna to third, and Gyorko slashed a 1-2 pitch into left to plate Ozuna.
The result was St. Louis’ eighth straight win over the Reds this year and its 12th in a row over them, dating back to last September.
Cincinnati forced extra innings with a two-run rally in the bottom of the ninth after a 36-minute rain delay, handing Bud Norris his second blown save in 14 chances. Joey Votto’s RBI single scored Scott Schebler, and Jesse Winker’s two-out single plated pinch runner Brandon Dixon with the equalizer.
Norris (3-1) ended up getting the win, with John Brebbia working the 10th for his second save. Brebbia whiffed Dixon with two on to secure the outcome.
St. Louis’ Jose Martinez initiated the scoring in the top of the first inning, lofting a 347-foot homer just over the right field wall. Yairo Munoz made it 2-0 in the second when he cracked his third homer.
Cincinnati got on the board in its half of the second when Jose Peraza beat out a double-play ball, scoring Eugenio Suarez.
But Martinez put the Reds in the problem in the third, pounding a 417-foot shot to center, his eighth homer of the year and third in two games. It marked the third two-homer game of his career.
Cincinnati pecked away against starter Luke Weaver in the middle innings.
The Reds scored in the third when Scooter Gennett drilled a two-out RBI double to the wall in left-center, then cut the margin to 5-3 in the fifth as Winker worked a bases-loaded walk.
Votto’s two-out RBI single made it 5-4 in the sixth, but Matt Carpenter’s run-scoring single in the seventh plated Kolten Wong to up the margin to 6-4.
Weaver permitted seven hits and four runs in five-plus innings, walking five and whiffing three.
Cincinnati starter Matt Harvey lasted six innings, yielding four hits and five runs with three walks and five strikeouts.
—Field Level Media