Game Report: Reds 5, Cardinals 2

The Cardinals completed an 0-7 road trip on Thursday as the Reds finished off a sweep of their four-game series behind a 4-for-4 day from Joey Votto and seven scoreless innings from Scott Feldman.

It was the first time the Cardinals did not win at least one game on a trip of seven or more games since September 2007, when they lost three games at Arizona, one in Chicago and three in Cincinnati.

The Cardinals did not have a quality start in any game of this trip to Chicago and Cincinnati yet had leads in five of the seven games which they could not hold. It’s their longest losing streak since they also lost seven in a row in 2013.

On offense, the Cardinals hit a collective .212 on the trip, 46-of-217, and scored a total of 20 runs, six coming in one game.

Feldman extended his streak of consecutive scoreless innings against the Cardinals this season to 13. He shut them out for six innings in a start at Busch Stadium on April 9.

The Reds had not swept a four-game series against the Cardinals since May 2003.

Here is how the game broke down:

At the plate: Matt Carpenter was back in the leadoff spot for the second consecutive game and provided the team’s only runs with a two-run homer in the eighth inning. He also had a single, collecting two of the team’s six hits … Dexter Fowler saw his string of 240 consecutive starts hitting leadoff since 2015 end as he hit second, going 0-of-4 … Yadier Molina had two of the Cardinals’ other four hits … Fowler hit just .150 on the trip (3-of-20) while Carpenter hit .190 (4-of-21). The three best hitters on the trip were Stephen Piscotty (.364), Molina and Aledmys Diaz (both .300).

On the mound:
Mike Leake kept the Reds scoreless through the first four innings before giving up three runs in the fifth on RBIs from Adam DuVall and Scooter Gennett before a throwing error on Molina allowed the third run to score … Leake allowed 10 hits in five innings, with the final two runs scoring on a two-run homer by Votto off Tyler Lyons in the sixth … In nine games against the Reds this season, the Cardinals’ bullpen has allowed 25 runs in 26 innings, including 11 home runs.

Key stat:
Votto was 7-of-14 in the series with two home runs. Since the start of the 2015 season, Votto has posted a .373 average (60-of-161) in 46 games against the Cardinals with 13 homers and 34 RBIs.

Worth noting: The Cardinals have lost their last eight games on the road, dating back to the May 28 game in Colorado. It’s their longest road losing streak since losing 11 consecutive games in 2007 … The Cardinals have lost all seven of Leake’s starts against his former team since the start of last season, with Leake going 0-4 in those games … Randal Grichuk was moved from Palm Beach to the Memphis roster on Friday after playing only one game at the Class A level because of a pair of rainouts.

Looking ahead: Michael Wacha will get the start on Friday night when the Cardinals return home to play the Phillies over the weekend that begins a seven-game homestand.