ST. LOUIS (AP) — TJ Friedl hit a tiebreaking triple in the seventh inning and Tommy Pham added a solo homer as the Cincinnati Reds beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-6 Sunday to snap a four-game losing streak.
Nolan Arenado and Juan Yepez homered for the Cardinals, who have lost four of six.
Friedl broke a 4-4 tie with a long drive to right field and Albert Almora Jr. followed with a sacrifice fly. Pham homered against his former team in the eighth.
“I was just looking for something to pull, to get a good pitch to hit,” Friedl said. “Got ahead 3-1 and I got that fastball middle-in and put a pretty good swing on it.”
The Reds have fashioned an 18-16 record after a dismal 3-23 start to the season. They failed to win any of their first eight series.
“To me it says what I already know about our players,” Cincinnati manager David Bell said. ”They don’t really get fazed by too much. They just keep playing and continue to compete. It sure is nice when we’re rewarded with success. Today, a big win.”
Friedl has played in four games since being recalled from Triple-A Louisville on June 6 when Mike Moustakas went on the injured list. This is Friedl’s fourth stint with the big league team already this season.
“He went down to Triple-A and had a real nice weekend,” Bell said. “That seemed to really get him going. Fortunately we’ve been able to get him some playing time. We know what we can do.”
The Reds trailed 3-0 after Arenado hit his 11th homer of the season, a two-run drive in the third.
Jeff Hoffman (1-0) picked up the win with 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief. Alexis Diaz posted his second save.
Dakota Hudson (4-3) allowed six runs on nine hits over seven innings. He entered the game with a 6-0 lifetime record against Cincinnati.
Pham pushed the lead to 7-4 with a homer off…