CINCINNATI — — Jon Lester allowed one hit whereas pitching into the seventh inning, Paul Goldschmidt homered and the St. Louis Cardinals inched nearer to the slumping Cincinnati Reds within the NL wild-card race with a 3-1 win Monday night time.
The Cardinals closed inside 2 1/2 video games of Cincinnati for the second wild-card spot. San Diego is in between them.
The Reds have scored one run in every of their final three video games — all losses — and have dropped 5 of their final seven video games. Their prime 4 hitters within the lineup mixed to complete 0-for-14.
“We’re a good-hitting group,” stated Reds shortstop Kyle Farmer, who obtained Cincinnati’s solely two hits, together with his career-high twelfth dwelling run. “Good hitting groups escape of slumps. There’s not a lot urgent amongst guys. We’ve confronted some actually, actually good pitching the final 5 video games.”
Lester (5-6), in his sixth begin for St. Louis since being acquired from Washington on July 30, retired 16 consecutive batters after giving up his solely hit, Farmer’s second-inning leadoff homer.
“Clearly, everyone knows what’s in entrance us,” Lester stated. “We now have a whole lot of video games towards these guys and the (Central-leading) Brewers developing. To pitch nicely is a superb feeling. To do it towards a group that you just’re making an attempt to chase down is even higher.”
The veteran left-hander walked two and struck out 5 in 6 1/3 innings, incomes his fourth straight win after dropping his first two begins with the Cardinals.
“He had his sport face on, and he had the stuff to match the sturdy depth he dropped at the sport,” St. Louis supervisor Mike Shildt stated. “He modified speeds nicely and had the great curveball in play. He stored then off-balance. He had them somewhat out entrance. He was great to get into the seventh.”
The Cardinals wanted simply two batters to seize a 2-0 lead. Luis Castillo (7-14) walked Tommy Edman, the reigning NL Participant of the Week, to guide off the sport. Goldschmidt adopted with an opposite-field homer to proper, his twenty second of the season and eleventh in 41 profession video games at Nice American Ball Park.
“Luis obtained somewhat to a lot of the plate to a great hitter,” Reds supervisor David Bell stated. “Apart from that, he was excellent.”
St. Louis added a run within the sixth when Carlson doubled and later scored on Tyler O’Neill’s dribbler up the third final analysis.
Farmer’s homer was his twelfth of the season, including to his single-season profession excessive. He snapped a 0-for-14 hunch.
Castillo lasted six innings, giving up 5 hits and three runs with two walks and eight strikeouts. He has misplaced 4 of his final 5 begins after three straight wins.
A younger fan leaned over the seat in entrance of him along with his black glove to catch Farmer’s dwelling run on the fly and was rewarded with high-fives from the followers close to him.
VOTTO ON VERGE
Votto wants one dwelling run to achieve 324 in his profession and tie Corridor of Famer Frank Robinson for second on Cincinnati’s profession homer listing. Johnny Bench leads with 389.
Reds: RHP Brad Brach (proper shoulder impingement) started a rehab task at Triple-A Louisville on Monday. He’s been on the injured listing since Aug. 8.
Cardinals: RHP Miles Mikolas (0-1) is scheduled to make his fourth begin of the season and second since getting back from his second stint on the injured listing (proper forearm).
Reds: RHP Sonny Gray (6-6) has strung collectively a season-high 13 consecutive scoreless innings over his final two begins.
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