After missing his last two starts due to a strained lower back, Reds starting pitcher Tony Cingrani let everyone know he was just fine by giving up just two runs in five and a third innings Thursday night in Cincinnati's 6-2 win over St. Louis.
"Just getting out there and throwing it and getting that same torque on my back and that adrenaline, it was good," Cingrani said. "It felt pretty good to get back out there."
After falling Wednesday night in a 16 inning thriller, Cincinnati made sure they got as much offense as possible, scoring a run in six straight innings.
After a scoreless first inning, Brandon Phillips got the Reds on the board with a RBI single to the shortstop that scored Cingrani. Earlier in the, Cingrani stole second base, which was his first career stolen base.
In the third, Frazier hit the first of his two home runs, a solo shot to left field on the first pitch he saw. It was number 14 on the year. Choo launched his solo shot in the bottom of the fourth inning, the home run put his total to 20.
The Cardinals finally managed to get to Cingrani in the fifth when David Freese led off the inning with a home run.
But the home run parade wasn't done yet, Jay Bruce got in on the action in the bottom half of the inning with a solo blast to center. He also added a RBI single in the sixth which scored Choo. The final Reds run came in the seventh when Frazier hit his second home run of the night.
"Boy, that was a big series right there," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "You try not to think about games in the past, but that game last night still hurts. But that's OK. A good team, that's what they do. They bounce back. You have to be a resilient team."
The win did come at a small price. While attempting the turn a double play, Brandon Phillips suffered a contusion to his left quad and eventually left the game in the seventh. Luckily the injury didn't look severe.
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