Cincinnati Reds starter Homer Bailey went six innings allowing three earned runs on eight hits but got the win with the help of home runs from Todd Frazier and Devin Mesoraco as the Reds topped division foe St. Louis Cardinals 5-3 at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati.
The offense gave him a lead in the third. Brayan Pena, who is filling in for Joey Votto, led off the inning with a single and advanced to second via a groundout by Zack Cozart. Bailey advanced him to third on a sacrifice bunt and Billy Hamilton then walked to place runners on the corners. Frazier then slammed his ninth home run of the year to straight away center field.
The Cardinals didn't flinch. They came back with two runs of their own in the top half of the fourth with a two-run single off the bat of Allen Craig.
Cincinnati plated another run a half inning later when Pena struck again with a sacrifice fly which scored Jay Bruce, who played in his first game since rejoining the Reds.
St. Louis threatened again the sixth. Craig singled to lead off the inning and reached third by a ground and a single by Matt Adams. Craig scored on the next batter when Jhonny Peralta grounded out to second base to 4-3 in favor of the Reds.
In the bottom half of the inning, Mesoraco launched a solo home run, his fifth of the year to push the lead to 5-3.
Bailey's day was done following the sixth. Manny Parra and Jonathan Broxton pitched an inning of relief. Each pitched to just three batters. Aroldis Chapman came in to pitch the ninth and allowed just a single as he recoreded his fourth save of the season.
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