Luis Castillo snapped his seven-start losing streak Friday as the visiting Cincinnati Reds defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 6-4.
The Reds won for the fourth time in five games while the Cardinals suffered their fifth loss in their last six games.
Castillo (2-8) held the Cardinals to one run on three hits in six innings to record his first victory since April 7. Michael Feliz got the final out to earn his first save.
Jonathan India hit a two-run homer and Tyler Stephenson drove in two runs with a solo homer and RBI single to power the Reds’ offense. Nick Castellanos hit two doubles to extend his hitting streak to 20 games.
Cardinals starting pitcher Kwang Hyun Kim (1-4) allowed three runs in three innings before departing with lower back tightness — the same issue that sidelined him earlier this season.
Overall, Cardinals pitchers walked four batters and hit four others with pitches, setting a new single-game team record. One of them, by Jake Woodford, knocked Reds first baseman Alex Blandino out of the game with a right wrist injury.
Kim allowed just three homers in his first eight starts this season. But India and Stephenson went deep on him in the second inning to take a 3-0 lead.
Edmundo Sosa cut the Reds’ lead to 3-1 in the bottom of the fifth inning with his first career homer.
Castillo helped his cause by blasting a two-out RBI double to deep center field in the sixth inning to restore the three-run margin.
The Reds tacked on two more runs in the ninth inning off reliever Junior Fernandez. Jesse Winker hit a one-out single, Castellanos smacked a ground-rule double, Stephenson delivered an RBI single and Shogo Akiyama hit into a run-scoring forceout to make it 6-1.
The Cardinals staged a furious rally in the bottom of the ninth. Matt Carpenter hit an RBI double off Heath Hembree and Tommy Edman hit a two-run double off Sean Doolittle to cut the lead to 6-4.
Dylan Carlson hit a single to chase Doolittle, but Feliz struck out Paul Goldschmidt to end the game.
–Field Level Media