Game Report: Reds 6, Cardinals 4

Same inning, same result.

The Cardinals carried another lead into the seventh inning Wednesday night in Cincinnati, only to see the Reds hit two homers, one off Brett Cecil and the other off Trevor Rosenthal, to rally from a 4-1 deficit and hand the Cardinals their sixth consecutive loss.

It was the 14th time this season the Cardinals lost a game when they had a multiple-run lead, one more than their total for all of last season. Five of those losses have come during the current losing streak.

The Cardinals have been outscored 42-18 in the seventh inning this season.

Here is how the game broke down:

At the plate: Matt Carpenter was back in the leadoff spot for the first time this season and hit a solo homer in four at-bats. The homer, his 10th of the season, was his first extra-base hit and first RBI since May 21 … Dexter Fowler was not in the starting lineup … Stephen Piscotty and Jedd Gyorko also delivered RBI hits in the three-run third inning … Fowler came in the game to pinch-hit in the sixth and had an RBI double that increased the lead to 4-1.

On the mound: Lance Lynn was pulled after five innings, leading 3-1. He had thrown only 78 pitches and allowed just three hits, one of which was a solo homer by Scott Schebler … After Matt Bowman pitched the sixth, Cecil relieved and gave up a three-run homer to pinch-hitter Patrick Kivlehan that tied the game. Cecil was pulled after a two-out double and Rosenthal relieved and was greeted by a two-run homer by Joey Votto that gave the Reds the lead.

Key stat: During the six-game losing streak, the Cardinals have allowed 17 runs combined in the seventh and eighth innings and have scored only one run after the sixth inning. In the five games in which they had a lead of at least two runs, they were ahead going to the seventh inning in three of the games and tied in the other two..

Worth noting:
Kolten Wong was scheduled to play the second game of a three-game rehab assignment in Peoria Wednesday night but left the game before his second at-bat. He said he was experiencing tightness in his right forearm and that there were no issues with his left elbow, the injury that put him on the disabled list. “I’m going to play tomorrow and see how it goes,” Wong said. He had been expected to re-join the Cardinals on Friday … The Cardinals made a roster move before Wednesday night’s game, promoting outfielder-first baseman Chad Huffman from Memphis and sending pitcher John Gant to the Triple A club. Gant would not have been able to pitch for a couple of days after pitching 3 1/3 innings in relief on Tuesday night. The move drops the team to 12 pitchers.

Kolten Wong during game in Peoria before being removed due to pain in right forearm.

Looking ahead: The Cardinals will try to avoid being swept in the four-game series in the day game on Thursday. Mike Leake will get the start for the Cardinals against his former team. He is 0-3 in six starts against the Reds.