Game Report: Reds 6, Cardinals 3

The Cardinals could not overcome a poor start by Carlos Martinez on Sunday and suffered their first loss of the season to the Reds, snapping a 13-game winning streak against Cincinnati.

Martinez lasted just 3 2/3 innings and issued seven walks, three of whom scored in a four-run fourth inning. It was the shortest outing for Martinez since pitching 3 1/3 innings on May 6. 2016.

Four Cardinals’ pitchers combined to issue a season-high 11 walks. Another Red who reached on a walk against Brett Cecil scored in the seventh.

Here is how the game broke down:

At the plate: The Cardinals’ out-hit the Reds 11-5 but left nine runners on base, including four in scoring position. They also had a runner (Martinez) thrown out at the plate, another (Harrison Bader) caught in a rundown between third and home and tagged out and another (Jose Martinez) thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double … Marcell Ozuna and Yadier Molina drove in runs in the third, with Molina tying Lance Berkman for the most RBIs by a visiting player at Great American Ballpark (58) … The other Cardinals run scored in the sixth when Greg Garcia doubled and later came home on a throwing error … The Cardinals lost potential extra base hits by Greg Garcia in the eighth and by Matt Carpenter in the ninth on drives caught at the wall in right center by Billy Hamilton.

On the mound: Martinez threw 96 pitches to record 11 outs. He walked two batters in the first and two in the third, when he also hit a batter, before failing to get out of the jam in the fourth as six consecutive batters reached on three walks and three singles. The five runs equaled the most Martinez has allowed in a start this season, on opening day in New York … After pitching a scoreless sixth, Cecil issued back-to-back walks to the first two hitters he faced in the seventh, with one coming around to score.

Key stat: The Cardinals have completed two-thirds of a nine-game stretch against the three last-place teams in the NL (Marlins, Reds and Padres) with a 3-3 record.

Worth noting:
Joey Votto drew four of the Reds’ walks. It was the second time this season he has walked four times against the Cardinals and no other opponent on any team has done that in a game since 2015 … This was only the fourth start in Martinez’s career in which he failed to pitch at least four innings … Molina recorded the Cardinals’ second caught-stealing of the season when he threw out Jose Peraza at second in the fifth … The loss snapped an 11-game winning streak for the Cardinals in Cincinnati … Greg Holland made his second rehab appearance for Memphis on Saturday night. He walked the first two hitters he faced before retiring the next three batters. In his two innings for Memphis, he has not allowed a hit or run but has issued four walks.

Looking ahead: The Cardinals will send Jack Flaherty to the mound on Monday night to open the three-game series against the Padres at Busch Stadium.

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Post-Game Interviews

Our Audio Producer, Mike Reeves was in Cincinnati and sent these interviews:

Mike Matheny

Carlos Martinez

Kolten Wong