CINCINNATI (AP) — Jon Lester allowed one hit whereas pitching into the seventh inning, Paul Goldschmidt homered and the St. Louis Cardinals inched closer to the slumping Cincinnati Reds in the NL wild-card traipse with a 3-1 seize Monday evening.
The Cardinals closed within 2 1/2 video games of Cincinnati for the 2nd wild-card pickle. San Diego is in between them.
The Reds receive scored one scoot in every of their closing three video games — all losses — and receive dropped 5 of their closing seven video games. Their top four hitters in the lineup blended to impress 0-for-14.
“We’re a true-hitting group,” said Reds shortstop Kyle Farmer, who purchased Cincinnati’s most efficient two hits, along with his career-high 12th dwelling scoot. “Handsome hitting teams receive away of slumps. There’s now not remarkable pressing amongst guys. We’ve faced some truly, truly true pitching the closing 5 video games.”
Lester (5-6), in his sixth initiating for St. Louis since being received from Washington on July 30, retired 16 consecutive batters after giving up his most efficient hit, Farmer’s 2nd-inning leadoff homer.
“Obviously, all americans knows what’s in entrance us,” Lester said. “Now we receive a mode of video games towards these guys and the (Central-leading) Brewers coming up. To pitch well is a immense feeling. To have an effect on it towards a group that you just’re looking out to slump down is even better.”
The outmoded left-hander walked two and struck out 5 in 6 1/3 innings, incomes his fourth straight seize after shedding his first two begins with the Cardinals.
Apt fielder Dylan Carlson, who contributed a sliding seize of Joey Votto’s flyball in transient true-center discipline in the fourth, described Lester’s work as “awesome.”
“He had his sport face on, and he had the stuff to envision the genuine intensity he introduced to the game,” St. Louis supervisor Mike Shildt said. “He modified speeds well and had the most attention-grabbing curveball in play. He kept then off-steadiness. He had them a cramped bit out entrance. He used to be huge to receive into the seventh.”
T.J. McFarland allowed a success in 1 1/3 innings and Luis Garcia purchased the closing out of the eighth sooner than Giovanny Gallegos pitched the ninth for his third keep.
The Cardinals fundamental simply two batters to make a choice out a 2-0 lead. Luis Castillo (7-14) walked Tommy Edman, the reigning NL Participant of the Week, to lead off the game. Goldschmidt followed with an reverse-discipline homer to true, his 22nd of the season and 11th in 41 career video games at Wide American Ball Park.
“Luis purchased a cramped bit to remarkable of the plate to a true hitter,” Reds supervisor David Bell said. “As an alternative of that, he used to be excellent.”
St. Louis added a scoot in the sixth when Carlson doubled and later scored on Tyler O’Neill’s dribbler up the third slump line.
Farmer’s homer used to be his 12th of the season, adding to his single-season career high. He snapped a 0-for-14 inch.
Castillo lasted six innings, giving up 5 hits and three runs with two walks and eight strikeouts. He has lost four of his closing 5 begins after three straight wins.
A younger fan leaned over the seat in entrance of him along with his dusky glove to grab Farmer’s dwelling scoot on the flit and used to be rewarded with high-fives from the followers method him.
VOTTO ON VERGE
Votto wishes one dwelling scoot to succeed in 324 in his career and tie Hall of Famer Frank Robinson for 2nd on Cincinnati’s career homer list. Johnny Bench leads with 389.
Reds: RHP Brad Brach (true shoulder impingement) started a rehab project at Triple-A Louisville on Monday. He’s been on the injured list since Aug. 8.
Cardinals: RHP Miles Mikolas (0-1) is scheduled to assemble his fourth initiating of the season and 2nd since getting back from his 2nd stint on the injured list (true forearm).
Reds: RHP Sonny Gray (6-6) has strung collectively a season-high 13 consecutive scoreless innings over his closing two begins.
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