Game Report: Cardinals 7. Reds 6 (10 innings)

The Cardinals had to overcome a 36-minute rain delay in the ninth inning and a rally by the Reds after play resumed to win another game Friday night in Cincinnati.

The Reds scored two runs off Bud Norris in the ninth to tie the game before the Cardinals regained the lead in the 10th when Marcell Ozuna walked with one out, went to third on a single by Yadier Molina and scored on a single by Jedd Gyorko.

John Brebbia got the save, stranding the tying run on second base in the bottom of the 10th.

The Cardinals built an early 5-1 lead on three homers in the first three innings, two from Jose Martinez. Martinez hit a solo homer in the first inning and added a three-run shot in the third. The other home run came from Yairo Munoz in the second.

Here is how the game broke down:

At the plate: The Cardinals had only one hit other than the three homers, a single by Tommy Pham in the third, until Matt Carpenter singled in the seventh to drive in Kolten Wong, who drew a walk leading off the inning … Ozuna led off the eighth with a triple but was left stranded.

On the mound: Luke Weaver was lifted after pitching to one batter in the sixth and was in line for the win until Norris suffered his second blown save. Weaver walked five, allowed seven hits and gave up the first four Reds’ runs … Joey Votto’s single off Austin Gomber in the sixth pulled the Reds within 5-4 … Norris was on the mound ready to start the bottom of the ninth when the game was interrupted. After play resumed, he gave up a leadoff double and a pair of RBI singles, one from Votto, to send the game to the 10th … Brebbia got the first two outs in the 10th before having to pitch around a double and intentional walk.

Key stat: The win was the 12th in a row for the Cardinals over the Reds dating back to last season, their longest winning streak against the Reds since another 12-game streak in 1931-32. It also was the Cardinals’ 10th win in a row in Cincinnati, their longest streak since they also won 10 consecutive games in 1930-31 at Crosley Field.

Worth noting: Tyler Lyons went back on the disabled list on Friday because of an elbow strain, which he said he felt while playing catch before Thursday’s game. Mike Mayers, who had been optioned to Memphis on Tuesday, rejoined the team before the game … The Cardinals recorded their first caught stealing of the season when Molina threw out Tucker Barnhart trying to steal third to end the sixth.

Looking ahead: Michael Wacha will make his first start since carrying a no-hitter into the ninth inning last Sunday when the Cardinals and Reds play on Saturday. The game begins at 3:10 p.m.


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