Game Report: Cardinals 7, Reds 5

On a night the Cardinals got home runs from Dexter Fowler and Jedd Gyorko and another strong start from Lance Lynn, the biggest play of Friday night’s game might have been turned in by Yadier Molina.

The Reds were trailing 3-1 with two outs in the sixth when a walk loaded the bases. But on ball four, Molina made a surprise throw to third base, picking off Eugenio Suarez to end the inning and the threat.

"I love watching when these guys go about it like it's a backyard pickup game, looking for fun things or something out-of-the-box to do," said manager Mike Matheny. "And Yadi's eyes are always looking for that. That's part of what makes him special."

The Cardinals added three runs in the bottom of the inning and then held off a Reds rally for third third consecutive victory, moving one game above .500 for the first time since opening day.

Here is how the game broke down:’

At the plate: Fowler hit his fourth homer of the year with one runner on in the third and Gyorko also hit his fourth of the year, a solo shot, in the sixth … It was the third consecutive multi-hit game for Fowler, who has raised his season average to .236 … Molina extended his hitting streak to seven games while Randal Grichuk scored a run for the eighth consecutive game.

On the mound: Lynn allowed only one run, a homer by Scott Schleber, in his six innings. He struck out five and walked two in raising his record to 3-1 …. The Reds scored four runs in the eighth off Miguel Socolovich and Kevin Siegrist, who allowed two inherited runners to score. Seung Hwan Oh had to relieve and get the final out of the inning, stranded two runners, before pitching the ninth and earning his sixth save.

Worth noting: The Cardinals announced their newest class of the team’s Hall of Fame before the game. Elected in fan balloting were Mark McGwire and Tim McCarver while the veteran committee selected Pepper Martin. There was no ownership selection this year. The induction ceremony is set for Aug. 26.

Looking ahead:
Weather permitting, the Cardinals and Reds are scheduled to play at 1;15 on Saturday in the second game of the series. Mike Leake will pitch against Bronson Arroyo..