CINCINNATI (AP) – Tyler Stephenson fly a tie in the eighth inning and lead the Cincinnati Reds to a 6-5 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday night.
Kyle Bauer, who also homed, took eighth place with a single to his third goal of the game. If he made a throwing mistake, he was safe in second place Giovanny Gallegos (5-3) on pinch hitters Tucker Barnhart‘s potential double play ball.
One from later Jesse Winker went to load the bases before Stephenson.
“I hit the ball hard at the beginning of the season but I had nothing to show,” said Farmer. “Now I’m starting to get some hits.”
“I’m happy for Farm,” said manager David Bell. “He had a great night. He’s such a big part of our team in every way. “
Joey Votto also had three hits for the Reds that shook off long homers Paul Goldschmidt and Harrison Bader to keep second place in NL Central.
“I know the situation,” said Stephenson. “I’m not trying to do too much. Tried to get a place to get in the air. I could have struck well just so I wouldn’t score in a double game. I wanted to give Joey a chance. “
St. Louis had won five of its last six games. The win was only Cincinnati’s second in seven games at home with nine games.
Andrew Knizner’s two-run single was one of four straight hits the bottom of the St. Louis batting order delivered during a three-run rally in the sixth inning. that made 5-3.
“There was no panic in the dugout when we fell behind,” said Farmer. “I don’t think anyone is looking at the scoreboard, to be honest. We just go about our business.”
Votto’s third hit and his second double helped the Reds tie the game in the seventh. Eugenio Suárez drove in one run with a double over the left field line. Votto previously scored the tie on a wild field Dylan Carlson threw out Suárez, who tried to hit Aristides Aquinos flyball to the right.
“Lots of moving parts in this game,” said St. Louis manager Mike Shildt. “We had the bases loaded and no one was out and the guys first and second with no one and couldn’t cash in.”
Right handed Brad Brach (1-1) threw a perfect eighth place. Right handed Heath Hembree earned his first save by hitting the team in the ninth, including a pinch-hit pitcher Adam Wainwright out for the finale. Wainwright suggested about Yadier Molina had a stiff neck.
“Yadier would have struck there,” said Shildt.
Goldschmidt started a roaring flyball in the first counterplay, which sailed five rows deep into the second level in the left midfield Tyler Mahle. Bader hit a line drive in the second, which hit the ribbon board on the facade of the second deck in the left field.
Mahle lasted five innings, allowing five hits and two runs with four walks and five strikeouts before falling victim to a second straight blown save. He has not won in six starts since June 16.
left handed Wade LeBlanc, still looking for his first Cardinals win in five starts and four relief appearances after signing as a free agent on June 17, allowed eight hits and three runs with one walk and five strikeouts in four innings.
Votto drove into the right corner of the field in two runs with a double in the first inning. Farmer hemmed a homer to the left in the fourth. A fan dropped his glove on the field as he tried to make the catch.
Votto’s double-run double raised his career RBI total to 1,010, fourth on the Reds list, one more than Hall of Famer Frank Robinson. Pete Rose is third with 1,036.
The Reds placed LHP Amir Garrett on the three day paternity list and recalled by Triple-A Louisville INF Alejo Lopoez and RHP Vladimir Gutierrez.
The game was delayed for several minutes in the lower part of the second inning while the umpires used replay to determine this Tyler Naquin hadn’t taken a leadoff walk. Naquin was put back on the plate and ground.
Winker trotted off the field to the top of the fifth and carted a cardboard sign that had fallen from the stands.
Cardinals: RHP Miles Mikolas (Right forearm tightness) is expected to pitch two innings in his first rehab appearance for Triple-A Memphis on Saturday in Louisville. Mikolas has been absent since May 23rd.
Red tones: OF Nick Castellanos (Microfracture of the right wrist) was added to the 10-day injured list retrospectively from Tuesday. … RHP RJ Alaniz left the game with two runners and a 2-0 to Bader in the seventh.
Cardinals: RHP Jake Woodford (2-1) won his first Major League victory as a starting pitcher against the Cubs on Monday.
Reds: RHP Luis Castillo (3-10) is 1-2 with 8.16 ERA in three starts against St. Louis this season.
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