Game Report: Cardinals 8, Reds 7 (10 innings)

Paul DeJong had been in the third spot in the Cardinals’ lineup every game he had played since July 24, a string of 49 consecutive games heading into Tuesday night’s game in Cincinnati.

He was dropped to sixth against the Reds, however, with Dexter Fowler inserted into the third spot. It turned out to be a very fortuitous move.

Fowler’s home run leading off the eighth inning pulled the Cardinals into a 6-6 tie, and he had DeJong each drove in a run in the 10th to carry the Cardinals to the win.

The win broke a three-game losing streak for the Cardinals, who remained six games behind the Cubs in the NL Central but saw another game come off the schedule, leaving 12 games left in the regular-season.

Here is how the game broke down:

At the plate: After falling behind 4-0, the Cardinals took the lead with a five-run fourth inning, highlighted by a three-run homer by Yadier Molina. It was his 18th homer of the year and left him just two RBIs away from matching his career-high of 80 … Fowler also had one of three singles in the inning, and DeJong followed Molina’s homer with his 23rd of the season, the second most by a rookie in team history, trailing only Albert Pujols … DeJong’s homer was the last hit by the Cardinals until Fowler’s homer … In the 10th, Kolten Wong was hit by a pitch to start the inning and stole second before scoring on Fowler’s double. With two outs, Molina walked and DeJong singled to drive in Fowler with what proved to be the winning run.

On the mound: Jack Flaherty, making his fourth career start, was pulled for a pinch-hitter after just two innings, allowing one run in each inning. He threw just 34 pitches, giving up three hits and one walk while striking out two … A two-run homer by Zach Cozart off John Gant increased the Reds lead to 4-0 in the third … After retiring the first six batters he faced, Brett Cecil was left in for a third inning of relief and gave up two runs in the sixth which allowed the Reds to go back in front 6-5 … Matt Bowman got out of a two-on, one-out jam in the eighth … Juan Nicasio, in his second inning of work, allowed a homer to Scooter Gennett in the 10th before the eighth pitcher of the game, Tyler Lyons, relieved and got the final two outs, earning his third save.

Worth noting: Adam Wainwright was activated from the disabled list and was available in the bullpen, but did not pitch … Cecil matched his career high as a reliever with 37 pitches, a total he also threw twice with Toronto, once in 2012 and once in 2013. The last time he threw more pitches in a game came as a starter for the Blue Jays in 2012 … Wong’s brother, Kean, hit a grand slam off Josh Zeid to lead the Durham Bulls to a 5-3 win over Memphis in the Triple A Championship game on Tuesday night … At least two players, infielder Aledmys Diaz and reliever Josh Lucas, are expected to be recalled from Memphis for the rest of the regular season.

Looking ahead: Luke Weaver will take his six-start winning streak into Wednesday night’s game in Cincinnati. Rookie Davis is scheduled to start for the Reds.