Game Report: Cardinals 13, Reds 4

Jose Martinez put himself in pretty select company Thursday night in Cincinnati.

Martinez had four hits, including a home run and two doubles, and drove in a career-high six runs to lead the Cardinals to the win in the opener of a four-game series against the Reds.

Only two players in Cardinals’ history had enjoyed that kind of success in a game in Cincinnati. Mark Whiten hit four homers and drove in 12 runs on Sept. 7, 1993 and Enos Slaughter had five hits and seven RBIs on Aug. 11, 1946.

Martinez drove in a run with a single in the first, walked with the bases loaded in the fifth, homered leading off the seventh and came around again to bat and capped the seven-run inning with a two-run double before he doubled in another run in the ninth. He barely missed a fifth hit as well, flying to the wall in right field in the third inning.

The only player since 2010 to have four hits, including a home run, and drive in six or more runs in a game for the Cardinals was Carlos Beltran on May 2, 2012 against the Pirates.

Here is how the game broke down:

At the plate: The Cardinals also got home runs from Marcell Ozuna, Paul DeJong and Yadier Molina. They have now hit at least one home run in their first seven road games, which is a franchise record to begin a season. They homered in their first six road games in 1989 … Molina’s four homers equal his career high for April, which he also accomplished in 2012 and 2014 … DeJong’s homer, also his fourth of the season, was estimated at 464 feet … In their seven-run seventh, which broke open a 5-4 game, the Cardinals had back to back homers from Martinez and Molina before drawing five consecutive walks, followed by a sacrifice fly from Matt Carpenter and Martinez’s double, a ball which could have been caught by right fielder Philip Ervin.

On the mound: Michael Wacha worked the first five innings, getting the win despite giving up four runs … John Brebbia worked a 1-2-3 sixth b before Mike Mayers, recalled from Memphis earlier in the day, pitched the final three innings to earn his first career save. Mayers allowed two hits, walked one and struck out two.

Key stat: Reds infielder Cliff Pennington pitched the ninth inning, the seventh pitcher used by the Reds. He was the first non-pitcher to pitch against the Cardinals since Martin Maldonaldo of the Brewers on April 30, 2014 and the first non-pitcher on the Reds to pitch against the Cardinals since Hal Jeffcoat on July 20, 1958. Pennington allowed one run on one hit and two walks, striking out DeJong.

Worth noting: The homers by Martinez and Molina came as they were the first two batters against Zack Weiss in his major-league debut … Mayers, sent back to Memphis on Monday when Greg Holland was activated, was able to return in less than 10 days because of an injury to Sam Tuivailala, who was placed on the disabled list Thursday because of a sprained knee … Luke Gregerson pitched a scoreless inning for Palm Beach on Thursday night on his rehab assignment. He gave up a leadoff single but then got a double play … Jedd Gyorko, out with a sore hamstring, is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment with Palm Beach this weekend … Joey Votto got the night off for the Reds on Thursday, snapping a streak of 202 consecutive starts at first base. It was the first game he missed since Sept. 2, 2016.

Looking ahead:
Luke Weaver will get the start Friday night in the second game of the series.