Cardinals fall to Reds, looks to avoid sweep

CINCINNATI (AP) — Zack Cozart hit a pair of doubles during run-scoring innings that included St. Louis misplays, and the Cincinnati Reds sent the Cardinals to their third straight loss, 9-1 Saturday.

The Cardinals have lost seven of 11. They're still in position to get the NL's second wild-card spot, staying ahead of the Mets, Pirates and Marlins.

Pinch hitter Ramon Cabrera's two-run single in the seventh inning put the Reds ahead 4-1. Cincinnati used four walks by Jerome Williams to score five times in the eighth, capped by Tucker Barnhart's bases-loaded double.

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Dan Straily (11-7) gave up three hits, including Jedd Gyorko's homer, and a career-high seven walks in only 5 2/3 innings. Gyorko hit his career-high 25th home run, 18 since the All-Star break.

The Cardinals have homered in a club-record 22 straight games, hitting a total of 43 in that span. Only San Diego (25 games) has a longer streak this season. The 2002 Rangers set the major league record of 27.

Cincinnati used a couple of Cardinals miscues to squeeze out two runs against Jaime Garcia (10-11). The lefty had allowed at least five runs in each of his last three starts.

Right fielder Stephen Piscotty lost track of Tyler Holt's flyball in the third, letting it fall for a double. Holt scored on Cozart's two-out double.

Another double by Cozart helped the Reds load the bases in the fifth, and Alberto Rosario's passed ball let in a run for a 2-1 lead.

IMPRESSIVE PLAY

Reds CF Billy Hamilton caught up with Rosario's fly to the warning track, smacked into the wall after making the catch, and threw back to the infield to double up a surprised Greg Garcia at first base to end the fourth inning.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cardinals: RH Mike Leake will fly into Cincinnati on Sunday morning and threw in the bullpen before the final game of the series. Leake has been sidelined since Aug. 22 with the shingles.

Reds: 2B Brandon Phillips was scratched from the lineup with a sore left foot that took a foul ball on Friday.

UP NEXT

Cardinals: Carlos Martinez (12-7) is 4-1 career against the Reds with a 2.72 ERA, including four starts and 11 relief appearances. The Cardinals are 13-2 when he's pitched against Cincinnati.

Reds: Tim Adleman (2-2) faces the Cardinals for the first time. He's 1-1 with a 3.94 ERA in three starts since his promotion on Aug. 16.

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