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Paul Goldschmidt hits 300th home run as Cardinals beat Reds

Jul 16, 2022; St. Louis, Missouri, USA; St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Edmundo Sosa (63) safely steals second base against the Cincinnati Reds in the fourth inning at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Puetz-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Joe Puetz-USA TODAY Sports

Paul Goldschmidt hit his 300th career homer and drove in three runs as the St Louis Cardinals routed the visiting Cincinnati Reds 11-3 on Saturday.

Goldschmidt became the 10th active player in the majors to reach that plateau.

Lars Nootbaar hit a three-run homer for the Cardinals and Edmundo Sosa drove in two runs before departing in the eighth inning after crashing into the side wall while chasing a pop-up and injuring his lower leg.

Albert Pujols scored twice and moved him past Lou Gehrig for 12th place on the all-time list with 1,889 career runs

Cardinals starting pitcher Miles Mikolas (7-7) allowed one run on three hits in seven innings.

Reds starting pitcher Nick Lodolo (2-3) struck out five but allowed five runs, five hits, three walks and three hit batters in two innings.

Jonathan India put the Reds up 1-0 by leading off the game with a homer. It was his fourth of the season.

In the bottom of the inning, Tommy Edman hit a single and Pujols, Tyler O’Neill and Brendan Donovan drew walks to force in a run. Lodolo hit Sosa to force in another run.

The Cardinals increased their lead to 5-1 in the second inning. Goldschmidt hit a two-run homer, his 20th of the season, and then Pujols hit a single and Lodolo hit O’Neill and Donovan with pitches before Sosa hit an RBI infield single.

The Cardinals pushed their lead to 7-1 in the third inning on Edman’s walk, Dylan Carlson’s triple and Goldschmidt’s RBI single.

In the seventh inning, Nootbaar walked, Andrew Knizner hit a single and Edman reached on a fielder’s choice. Carlson reached on a fielder’s choice and Nootbaar scored on an error to make it 8-1.

The Reds cut the lead to 8-3 off relievers in the eighth inning. Nick Senzel walked, Stuart Fairchild reached on an error, India walked, Brandon Drury hit a RBI single, and Fairchild scored on a wild pitch.

The Cardinals got those runs back with Nootbaar’s three-homer in the bottom of the inning. The blast was the fourth of the season for Nootbaar.

–Field Level Media