For Edman, the homer highlighted his second
three-hit performance in three games.
Lane Thomas and Marcell Ozuna each drove in a run for the
Cardinals, who earned a split of the four-game series against
Cincinnati with their seventh victory in their past nine
Tucker Barnhart ripped a two-run single to right field in the
ninth inning off Carlos Martinez to trim St. Louis' lead to 5-4,
but the right-hander struck out two of the next three batters to
secure his 14th save.
Cardinals starter Jack Flaherty (7-6) saw his consecutive
scoreless-innings streak halted at 23 after Eugenio Suarez
launched his team-leading 34th homer in the first inning, but
Flaherty flustered the Reds the rest of the way. The 23-year-old
turned in his eighth straight start of allowing two runs or
fewer when he permitted one run on three hits in five innings.
Jose Peraza worked a bases-loaded walk off Andrew Miller to trim
St. Louis' lead to 5-2 in the seventh, but Suarez grounded into
an inning-ending double play.
St. Louis seized a 2-1 lead in the third inning after Edman had
a one-out single and Goldschmidt followed two batters later by
sending a 3-1 curveball from Alex Wood (1-2) over the wall in
center. Goldschmidt's homer was his team-leading 28th of the
season and second in three games.
The Cardinals took a 3-1 advantage in the fourth inning. Thomas'
single to center field plated Yadier Molina, who reached base
after Suarez sailed a throw to first base on a routine grounder.
Edman sent an 0-1 fastball from Wood over the wall in left field
in the fifth inning to give St. Louis a 4-1 lead. Goldschmidt
followed two batters later with a double to right field, then
came home when Ozuna's fly ball to center field was misjudged by
rookie Nick Senzel.
Suarez, who returned from a one-game absence due to a thumb
injury, deposited a first-pitch fastball from Flaherty over the
wall in center field to open the scoring with two outs in the
first inning. Suarez's 12th first-inning homer this season was
the first run allowed by Flaherty since he permitted two in a
no-decision against Houston on July 26.
The Reds were bolstered by the performance of right-hander Kevin
Gausman, who worked the eighth and ninth innings and struck out
all six batters he faced. In the ninth, he struck out the side
on nine pitches.
--Field Level Media
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