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Brendan Donovan drives in three as Cardinals dump Reds

Jul 15, 2022; St. Louis, Missouri, USA;  St. Louis Cardinals designated hitter Nolan Gorman (16) is congratulated by bench coach Skip Schumaker (55) after hitting a solo home run against the Cincinnati Reds during the fourth inning at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Brendan Donovan drove in three runs as the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the visiting Cincinnati Reds 7-3 Friday.

Donovan went 2-for-3 with a sacrifice fly and a two-run single as the Cardinals won for just the sixth time in 16 games. Dylan Carlson hit a RBI double, drew three walks and scored twice.

Cardinals starting pitcher Andre Pallante (3-4) allowed three runs on six hits in five innings. He struck out five batters and walked three.

Ryan Helsley worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the ninth inning to earn his eighth save.

Starting pitcher Hunter Greene (3-11) allowed four runs on five hits in five innings for the Reds, who took just their second loss in eight games. He struck out six batters and walked three.

Cincinnati’s Jonathan India led off the game with a single. Brandon Drury hit a double, and Kyle Farmer’s two-out, two-run single put the Reds up 2-0.

In the bottom of the inning, Tommy Edman hit a single and Carlson and Paul Goldschmidt walked. Nolan Arenado and Donovan hit sacrifice flies to tie the game 2-2.

The Cardinals moved ahead 3-2 in second inning on two-out doubles by Edman and Carlson.

The Reds tied the game 3-3 in the third inning when Tommy Pham walked with two outs, moved up on a wild pitch and scored on Joey Votto’s single.

They could have scored more after Farmer walked and Donovan Solano hit a single, but Votto stopped at third base and Farmer ran into an out there.

Nolan Gorman’s solo homer put St. Louis ahead 4-3 in the fourth inning.

The Cardinals upped their lead to 5-3 in the sixth inning and could have scored more. Donovan, leading off, was thrown out at second base after hitting a ball off the right field wall. Tyler O’Neill and Gorman then walked, and Corey Dickerson hit an RBI single.

Carlson and Goldschmidt drew walks to start the seventh inning. They advanced on a balk and scored on Donovan’s single to make it 7-3.

–Field Level Media