Game Report: Reds 3, Cardinals 2

The Cardinals were able to get out of bases-loaded jams in the seventh and eighth innings Friday night in Cincinnati, but could not do it again in the ninth.

Eugenio Suarez singled with one out off Seung Hwan Oh to complete the Reds’ comeback from an early 2-0 deficit.

Oh, who saw his streak of 14 consecutive scoreless innings snapped, got himself in trouble with a leadoff walk followed by a pair of singles to load the bases before Suarez delivered the walk-off hit.

Here is how the game broke down:


At the plate:
The Cardinals scored both of their runs on solo homers, by Yadier Molina in the second and Randal Grichuk in the fifth, his 20th of the year … The Cardinals extended their franchise record to 21 consecutive games with at least one homer … Eight of the Cardinals’ last 10 runs over a four-game span have scored on home runs … Greg Garcia had three hits, including two doubles … The Cardinals were 0-for-2 with runners in scoring position and have just three hits in 44 at-bats with a runner on second or third in their last eight games.

On the mound: Alex Reyes made his second career start and did not allow a run until the sixth, when the Reds scored twice. They were the first runs Reyes has allowed in 20 innings since being promoted from the minor leagues when he was actually on the mound. The only run he allowed in his first start, after nine scoreless innings in relief, came on an inherited runner after he had come out of the game. Reyes struck out seven and walked two … The Reds loaded the bases again Zach Duke in the seventh but Matt Bowman relieved and got the final two outs, and in the eighth the Reds loaded the bases against Kevin Siegrist before he ended the threat by striking out Billy Hamilton … Two of Oh’s three losses this season have come on walkoff hits by the Reds.

Key stat:
Hamilton stole three bases and the Reds added a fourth steal by Suarez, increasing the total number of steals allowed by Molina this season to a career-high 48. The previous high against him had been 46 in 2011 … Hamilton is now 23-for-25 in his career against Molina.

Of note: The Cardinals activated Matt Adams from the disabled list and he grounded out as a pinch-hitter … Aledmys Diaz could play in some minor-league games next week for Double A Springfield and might be ready to rejoin the Cardinals in about a week.

Looking ahead: Jaime Garcia will get the start in the second game of the series, which begins at 3:10 p.m. on Saturday. Dan Straily will start for the Reds.