ST. LOUIS (AP) — Luis Castillo earned his first victory since early April, rookies Tyler Stephenson and Jonathan India homered and the Cincinnati Reds beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-4 on Friday night.
Castillo (2-8), who was the Reds’ opening-day starter, picked up first quality start and win since his second start of the season, an 11-4 victory over Pittsburgh on April 7. Castillo snapped a seven-start losing streak against the Cardinals. St. Louis tagged Castillo for 10 runs in 3 1/3 innings on April 1, and the Cards scored four runs off the 2019 All-Star right-hander in five innings on April 25.
On Friday night, he held the Cardinals in check, allowing one run and three hits with five strikeouts over six innings.
Michael Feliz picked up his first save, punctuating the win by striking out Paul Goldschmidt on three pitches.
Nick Castellanos hit two doubles and Stephenson also had a RBI single for the Reds.
Cincinnati struck for three runs in the second inning. Stephenson hit the first pitch into left field. With one out, Kyle Farmer was hit by a pitch. India then homered to left field, giving the Reds a 3-0 advantage.
The Cardinals’ Edmundo Sosa hit his first major league home run in the fifth inning with one out.
Cincinnati got the run back in the sixth with two outs. India walked and Castillo, hitting eighth in the order, doubled to deep center, putting the Reds up 4-1.
Left-handed relief pitcher Andrew Miller, who was activated Thursday, loaded the bases with two outs in the seventh. Miller, the fourth of five Cardinal pitchers, escaped the jam by striking out Farmer.
Cincinnati added two insurance runs in the ninth on a single and fielders choice.
The Cardinals made it close in the ninth when Matt Carpenter doubled home a run and Tommy Edman doubled in two runs….
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