ST. LOUIS (AP) — John Gant earned his first victory as a starter since 2018 by throwing six strong innings and the St. Louis Cardinals sent the Cincinnati Reds to their sixth straight loss, 2-0 on a rainy Saturday.
Andrew Knizner, subbing for injured catcher Yadier Molina, and Nolan Arenado each drove in a run. Dylan Carlson added three singles as St. Louis won a series for just the second time this season.
After waiting out a rain delay of 2 hours, 20 minutes before throwing his first pitch, Gant (1-2) allowed just three hits.
“It was just a dominating, outstanding performance by Gant,” Knizner said. “I thought he pitched an excellent game. He let his stuff play.”
Gant struck out five and walked two in his fourth start of the season.
“I’m just trying to go out there and throw strikes and put the team in the best situation possible to be able to win the ballgame,” Gant said. “That’s a starting pitcher’s job — holding the score close and give your team a chance to shake hands at the end of the game.”
It was Gant’s first win as a starting pitcher since Sept. 9, 2018, at Detroit. He had won 11 games in relief since then.
“I love playing this game. I love being out there,” Gant said. “I kind of lose myself every time I’m out there. I can’t say enough about the defense. There were a lot of balls put in play and almost every one was gloved down. I’m glad we got the game in, too.”
Genesis Cabrera pitched the seventh, and Giovanny Gallegos finished the three-hitter for his first save.
“We’ve got a good bullpen, a deep bullpen,” St. Louis manager Mike Shildt said. “We pass the ball around. They threw the ball very, very well.”
The Reds lost for the eighth time in 10 games. Wade Miley (2-2) gave up two runs on five hits in six innings.