Cardinals Win Second Straight over Reds, Back to .500 Mark

Greg Garcia had the first two-homer game of his career as the Cardinals defeated the Reds on Saturday.	 David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

Molina homered and drove in three runs Friday night, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a 5-3 victory in Cincinnati that deepened the Reds' opening slump and added to his legacy against them.

Garcia had a solo homer and a two-run shot off Finnegan.

The Cardinals will send ace Carlos Martinez to the mound Sunday at Great American Ball Park to try to finish sweeping a four-game series against the struggling Reds.

The Cardinals homered a season-high four times while piling up a season high in runs.

No wonder Reds manager Bryan Price is hoping Brandon Finnegan can be the one to calm down the Cardinals' bats. In the Saturday game, Gennett managed three hits. He came into the game with a total of seven career homers, including only two last season. Garcia later doubled and scored on Tommy Pham's double.

And, with 18 runs in two nights, the Cardinals are backing up manager Mike Matheny's prediction before the series began that when his team's bats started breaking out, they'd do so in a big way.

Bailey allowed one run on two hits in six innings and took a no-decision in a 6-1 loss at Philadelphia on Tuesday. Marcell Ozuna had a sacrifice fly, but his hitting streak ended at 12 games.

The Reds placed their hopes for a turnaround on the top of their rotation staying healthy. Luke Weaver has been solid so far as he is 1-0 with a 1.59 ERA in two starts and he should be able to keep a very poor Cincinnati offense under wraps in this one.

He also had a left forearm strain during spring training that slowed his 2018 debut, but the Reds liked how he threw the ball during a rehabilitation start Monday for Triple-A Louisville and again during a subsequent bullpen session.

"He wasn't real sharp", Price said. He was activated before Saturday's game and gave up six hits, four walks and five runs in 4 1/3 innings, throwing 91 pitches on his 25th birthday.

At 35, Molina still has a ways to go to get to the top of the list, so he might not make it to Pudge Rodriguez territory.

Bud Norris allowed a hit and a walk in the ninth while getting his second save in two chances, fanning Tucker Barnhart for the final out.

Yankees 8, Tigers 6 - At Detroit: Aaron Hicks hit an inside-the-park home run in the second inning, then added a solo shot over the fence in the sixth to send NY to a victory over skidding Detroit. He got hurt during spring training.

Reds: Jesse Winker was a late scratch from the lineup because of a sore right shoulder.

Martinez has had more success against the Reds, going 6-3 with a 3.84 ERA in 19 appearances (eight starts), although he was only 1-2 against them last season.

The St Louis Cardinals have missed the postseason in each of their last two seasons, after making it in their previous five seasons.

Taking the hill for the Cardinals will be Luke Weaver, who is 1-0 with a 1.59 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP in two starts on the year.

The Cardinals are 1-4 in their last five Sunday games and 6-0 in Martinez's last six starts with four days' rest.

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