Game Report: Cardinals 4, Reds 1

Going into Saturday night’s game, there were 96 players in the major leagues with more home runs this season than anybody on the Cardinals.

Paul DeJong did something about that, hitting his team-leading 15th homer to send the Cardinals to the win over the Reds in Cincinnati.

DeJong’s two-run homer in the third inning wiped out a 1-0 Reds lead and Lance Lynn made the lead stand up through the sixth inning before a couple of extra runs gave the bullpen a little more breathing room, ending a streak of five consecutive one-run games for the Cardinals.

The win was the first by the Cardinals in Cincinnati in six games this season. If the Cardinals had lost Saturday night, it would have made this the first time since 1926 that they would have lost six consecutive games in the same year in Cincinnati.

Here is how the game broke down:

At the plate: DeJong’s homer came in his 57th career game; the only Cardinal to hit more in his first 57 games was Albert Pujols (16) in 2001 … The other runs scored in the seventh when Kolten Wong was hit by a pitch, Luke Voit delivered a pinch-hit single and Matt Carpenter walked to load the bases before Tommy Pham got an infield single and a passed ball produced the second run … Jedd Gyorko was back in the cleanup spot and was 0-of-4, making him 2-of-20 on the road trip. Stephen Piscotty had a single in four at-bats and is 2-of-16 on the trip since coming off the disabled list.

On the mound:
Lynn allowed just one run over six innings, a homer by Joey Votto in the first inning. He gave up just three hits total, walked three and struck out four as he improved his record to 10-6 … Tyler Lyons struck out the side in the eighth before Trevor Rosenthal earned the save, despite needing 23 pitches to get the three outs in the ninth, walking one and allowing a single.

Key stat: Carpenter reached base four times despite having only one at-bat. He walked three times and was hit by a pitch before striking out in the ninth. Carpenter is 0-of-11 on the current road trip.

Worth noting:
Dexter Fowler took batting practice before the game and if he gets through Sunday’s workout without any issues is expected to be activated from the DL when the Cardinals are in Kansas City either Monday or Tuesday … Former Cardinal Marco Gonzales had been scheduled to start for Tacoma against Memphis on Saturday night but instead was recalled by the Mariners and will start one of the games in their doubleheader on Sunday in Kansas City.

Looking ahead: Adam Wainwright will come off the disabled list to start the series finale on Sunday. The team will have to make a roster move before the game. Homer Bailey is scheduled to start for the Reds.