Game Report: Reds 9, Cardinals 1

The Cardinals hit another home run on Saturday but learned once again that it was not enough for a victory.

It was the Cardinals’ third consecutive loss in which all of their runs have come on solo homers, a total of four home runs and four runs.

In those three games, the team is a combined 14-for-90, including only four hits on Saturday. Taking away the home runs, the team was just 10-for-86.

Here is how the game broke down:

At the plate: The Cardinals could not take advantage of eight walks to score any additional runs, including when the Reds walked the bases loaded in the sixth before Alberto Rosario grounded out to end the inning … The home run came from Jedd Gyorko in the first inning, tying Brandon Moss for the team lead with 25 this season. It extended the franchise record to 22 consecutive games with at least one homer … The Cardinals had only one hit after the fourth inning, a leadoff single by Stephen Piscotty in the eighth before he was erased in a double play.

On the mound:
The Reds were ahead only 2-1 when Jaime Garcia left after the sixth inning, but they feasted on the Cardinals’ bullpen to blow the game open … Garcia still suffered the loss, despite allowing just the two runs on six hits. He did walk four, and the bullpen increased that total to nine … Miguel Socolovich and Dean Kiekhefer each allowed one run in the seventh before Jerome Williams allowed the final five runs in the eighth, giving up three hits and four walks.

Key stat: During the 22-game home run streak, the Cardinals have hit a combined 43 home runs but have only played .500 baseball, going 11-11, over that stretch. Fifteen of their last 19 home runs have come with nobody on base.

Of note: During the first five games of this road trip in Milwaukee and Cincinnati, the last two teams In the standings in the NL Central, the Cardinals have gone one-for-26 with runners in scoring position … Shortstop Aledmys Diaz began a rehab assignment at Palm Beach on Saturday. Palm Beach will play the final game of its season on Sunday, and Diaz likely will then move up to Springfield to finish his rehab and could rejoin the Cardinals when the team returns home on Thursday.

Looking ahead:
The Cardinals will try to avoid a Reds sweep of this series on Sunday. Carlos Martinez will get the start in the game,, which begins at 12:10 p.m. St. Louis time.