Game Report: Reds 4, Cardinals 2

For the fourth consecutive game, the Cardinals had the lead in Monday night’s game against the Reds in Cincinnati – and could not hold it.

In a virtual repeat of all three games over the weekend in Chicago, the Cardinals were up 2-0 with Carlos Martinez on the mound, having retired 14 consecutive hitters, but then came the seventh inning.

A bunt single by Billy Hamilton led to a four-run inning, capped by a two-run double by Scooter Gennett off Kevin Siegrist.

In their last 11 games, the Cardinals have been outscored 26-4 in the seventh through ninth innings. They have gone 3-8 in those games.

In addition to losing a late lead, another problem which has plagued the Cardinals all season continued. They had two runners thrown out on the bases, including Paul DeJong when he was sent home by third base coach Chris Maloney into an easy out in the fifth.

Here is how the game broke down:

At the plate:
Yadier Molina and Tommy Pham hit back-to-back doubles leading off the fifth to produce the first Cardinals’ run and Pham scored on a squeeze bunt from Martinez. The inning ended when DeJong, who had singled, was cut down at the plate trying to score from second on a single by Dexter Fowler before Matt Carpenter flied out … In the sixth, Stephen Piscotty was thrown out at third attempting to go from first to third on a single to left by Molina ... The Cardinals have scored three runs or less in 24 of their 55 games, and are 7-17 in those games.

On the mound:
Martinez allowed just one hit, and two baserunners. through the first six innings. Hamilton drew a leadoff walk in the first and Adam DuVall singled leading off the second. Both runners were thrown out attempting to steal, Hamilton at third and DuVall at second … In the seventh, the Reds loaded the bases on a bunt single, another single and a walk. Martinez struck out DuVall but Eugenio Suarez doubled off Fowler’s glove to tie the game and knock Martinez out of the game…. Siegrist relieved but gave up the double to the first hitter he faced, Gennett, to drive in two more runs.

Key stat: The loss was the 13th this season in a game the Cardinals led by multiple runs, the most in the major leagues. They are 23-13 in games in which they led by at least two runs, the 13 losses matching their total from last season, when they were 76-13.

Worth noting:
Molina has now thrown out Hamilton trying to steal three times in 27 career attempts … This was the second time this season Molina had threw out two runners trying to steal. For the season he has thrown out 10 of 28 would-be basestealers … Molina also stole a base, his fifth, tying Randal Grichuk for the team lead … Grichuk played left field and was 0-of-2 for Class A Palm Beach on Monday night before the game was suspended by rain in the fourth inning.

Looking ahead: Adam Wainwright, who has won his last six decisions, will try to stop the four-game losing streak on Tuesday night. Tim Adleman will start for the Reds.