Molina sub leads Cardinals to victory over Reds

Molina sub leads Cardinals to victory over Reds

Eric Fryer made his first start of the season one to remember.

The St. Louis Cardinals’ catcher, giving ironman starter Yadier Molina the day off, went 3-for-3 and doubled home the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning Sunday to give the Cardinals a 4-3 decision over the Cincinnati Reds at sold-out Busch Stadium.

Fryer lashed a 1-0 pitch from reliever Ross Ohlendorf (2-1) to the wall in left-center field with two outs, easily scoring Aledmys Diaz from first for his sixth hit in as many at-bats this year. Diaz started the inning by pinch-hitting for Matt Adams and drawing a walk.

Kevin Siegrist (2-0) worked 1 1/3 innings in relief to earn the win, while Trevor Rosenthal pitched a clean ninth for his third save in as many chances as St. Louis (7-5) improved to 4-2 on its nine-game homestand.

Cincinnati (6-6) fell to 1-5 on its six-game road trip and lost its 31st series in its last 37 visits to St. Louis, dating back to the 2003 season.

The Reds initiated scoring in the top of the first on a sacrifice fly by Joey Votto that plated Zack Cozart.

An inning later, the Cardinals grabbed a 2-1 lead. Jedd Gyorko lined a solo homer to the seats in left-center, his second of the year, and Fryer ripped a double down the right-field line that scored Greg Garcia from first.

Cincinnati regained the lead in the fourth with a pair of unearned runs. Brandon Phillips reached on an error by Garcia at short, then scored from first on an infield hit by Jay Bruce and a two-base throwing error by pitcher Michael Wacha. Devin Mesoraco’s first-pitch single to right-center plated Bruce.

Matt Carpenter evened the score in the fifth with a leadoff homer to right-center, his second of the year and St. Louis’ 10th of the series.Both starters got a no-decision. Cincinnati’s Jon Moscot pitched 5 2/3 innings, giving up six hits and three runs with a walk and two strikeouts. Wacha worked six innings, allowing seven hits and three runs, one earned. He walked one and fanned five.

NOTES: Cincinnati activated RHP Jon Moscot (strained left intercostal muscle) from the 15-day DL and started him on Sunday, optioning RHP Keyvius Sampson to Triple-A Louisville. … St. Louis SS Ruben Tejada (left quad strain) will be activated Monday if he’s deemed to be ready after playing three games in a rehab stint at Double-A Springfield. The team is still deciding on a corresponding move. … Reds LHP John Lamb started a rehab assignment at Louisville Saturday night and worked three innings, giving up six hits and three runs with a walk and four strikeouts over 65 pitches.