Cardinals hold on for 5-4 win over Reds

Cardinals hold on for 5-4 win over Reds

Stephen Piscotty homered and Brandon Moss doubled twice and drove in two runs, lifting the St. Louis Cardinals to a 5-4 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday night at Great American Ball Park.

St. Louis remained nine games behind the first-place Chicago Cubs in the National League Central standings.Cardinals starter Michael Wacha (7-7) allowed two runs and six hits in five innings.

After blowing a two-run lead in the ninth inning on Tuesday, St. Louis’ banged-up bullpen held off another Reds rally. Adam Duvall led off the sixth with a triple against Matt Bowman. Initially, it appeared Duvall scored the Reds’ third run when the ball went into the stands for an error on Piscotty. But replay showed that a fan interfered with the ball. Duvall scored anyway on Brandon Phillips’ single to make it 5-3. The Cardinals, who led 4-0 after the first inning, had their lead reduced to one after Ivan De Jesus Jr.’s single to drive in Phillips. But Scott Schebler, Tuesday night’s hero with a walk-off, three-run homer, struck out against Kevin Siegrist to strand the tying run in the eighth.

Rookie left-hander Cody Reed (0-6) took the loss for Cincinnati.

Cardinals closer Seung Hwan Oh, who gave up Schebler’s winner the night before, struck out Tyler Holt to strand the tying run at second in the ninth for his eighth save of the season. St. Louis sent nine batters to the plate in the first and forced Reds right-hander Cody Reed to use 36 pitches during a 16-minute inning.Brandon Moss doubled home two runs to put the Cardinals ahead 2-0, giving him five straight hits.

The lead grew to four on Greg Garcia’s two-run single.Cincinnati fought back against Wacha in the bottom half.

Joey Votto extended his career-high hitting streak to 17 games with an RBI single to make it 4-1. Another run scored on a groundout and the Cardinals’ lead was two.St. Louis had two runners thrown out at home, one at second base trying to stretch a double, and another caught in a rundown between third and home.

The Cardinals hit two balls over the fence on consecutive pitches in the fifth, but only one of them was a home run as Scott Schebler reached over the right-field wall to rob Jedd Gyorko.

Reds fans were still cheering Schebler’s gem when Piscotty blasted his 15th homer of the season to left-center field, making the score 5-2.

Reed allowed five runs and eight hits in five innings.

NOTES: The Cardinals placed LHP Tyler Lyons on the 15-day disabled list with a right knee stress reaction. LHP Dean Kiekhefer, who was optioned to Triple-A on Tuesday, was recalled to take the Lyons’ place. … Reds SS Zack Cozart, who was scratched from Tuesday’s lineup with a bruised right ring finger, was out again. Ivan De Jesus Jr. started in his place. … Reds RHP Alfredo Simon, who is on the disabled list with right trapezius muscle soreness, threw 20 pitches to batters. The next step could be a minor-league rehab assignment.