Lance McAlister

Lance McAlister

Lance McAlister covers everything in Cincinnati sports! Host of sports talk on Cincinnati News Radio 700WLW and ESPN 1530!Full Bio


Reds rally, hang on, avoid sweep and snap losing streak

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Final: Reds 7 Cardinals 6

The Reds avoided a sweep and snapped a four game losing streak as they hung on to beat the Cardinals 7-6 at Busch Stadium Sunday afternoon.

The Reds faced a 3-0 deficit going the 5th inning, took the lead in the 7th inning, and then hung on in the 9th inning.

Human: Graham Ashcraft fought through 4.2 innings of 9 hit, 4 run ball.....needing 99 pitches.

Closer: Given a 7-4 lead in the 9th, Alexis Diaz surrendered a two-run homer to Juan Yepez to make it 7-6 before striking out Albert Pujols to end the game. Four other Reds relievers combined for 3.1 scoreless innings.....Warren 0.1, Hoffman 1.1 (W), Santillan 0.2, Cessa 1.0.

Big day: TJ Friedl had a single, triple and drove in two runs.

Big run: Tommy Pham's 8th inning solo shot made it 7-4 and provided what proved to be the winning run.

2 hit days: Brandon Drury and Aristides Aquino.

Aquino left the game after an awkward slide at home plate.

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