ST. LOUIS (AP) — Matt Holliday had two of the St. Louis Cardinals’ six home runs in a 14-3 rout of the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night. Aledmys Diaz and Brandon Moss each added three-run homers to help the Cardinals to their sixth win in the last seven games. They have scored seven or more […]
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Matt Holliday had two of the St. Louis Cardinals’ six home runs in a 14-3 rout of the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night.
Aledmys Diaz and Brandon Moss each added three-run homers to help the Cardinals to their sixth win in the last seven games. They have scored seven or more runs in all six wins and hit double-digits four times.
Moss and Matt Adams also homered. Adams’ pinch-hit homer was the second of the game and sixth of the season. That surpasses the Cardinals total of four from pinch hitters last season.
Holliday drove in four runs and reached base four times in recording the 20th multi-homer game of his career.
Carlos Martinez (2-0) allowed three runs and six hits over seven innings.
Rookie starter Tim Melville (0-1) gave up seven runs in three innings for the loss.
Randal Grichuk added a solo homer for St. Louis.
Joey Votto had a three-run homer for the Reds, who have lost eight of their last 10 at Busch Stadium.
Holliday drilled the 11th pitch from Melville over the wall in center to give his team a 3-0 lead. He added a solo shot in the sixth.
Diaz pushed the lead to 7-3 with a line drive over the left-field wall in the third.
Melville, who went to high school in the St. Louis suburb of Wentzville, gave up six earned runs in his second major league start.
The seven combined home runs tie a Busch Stadium record. St. Louis and Cincinnati combined for seven home runs on April 16, 2006.
Reds: SS Zack Cozart returned to the lineup after missing five games with right quadriceps tightness. … LHP John Lamb will make a rehab start for Triple-A Louisville on Saturday against Toledo. He underwent disc surgery on Dec. 7, 2015 and did not pitch in spring training.
Cardinals: SS Ruben Tejada went 1 for 3 in a rehab start at Double-A Springfield on Thursday. He was placed on the disabled list prior to the season with a left quad strain and could return as soon as Sunday.
Reds: LHP Brandon Finnegan (0-0, 2.84) will go in the middle game of the three-game set on Saturday. He allowed two earned runs each in his first two starts of the season.
Cardinals: RHP Adam Wainwright (0-1, 6.55) will start for the Cardinals. He is 8-9 lifetime with a 4.18 ERA against the Reds, but has won his last three starts against them.