Davidson’s pinch-hit slam sends Reds past Cardinals, 4-2

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Pinch-hitter Matt Davidson delivered a go-ahead grand slam in the sixth inning and the Cincinnati Reds beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-2 on Friday night.

Davidson drove a 2-0 pitch from Tyler Webb to left field and into the Cincinnati bullpen. It was his third home run of the season, second career slam and first pinch-hit homer.

“Just so happy for him, and of course our team with a big win,” Reds manager David Bell said. “But that’s one of the hardest things to do is to pinch-hit and not get any at-bats for however long it’s been. It seems so few and far between with the at-bats.”

Cincinnati is 2-2 after a three-game pause because of a positive COVID-19 test. St. Louis has lost four of six. The teams combined for only five hits.

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Michael Lorenzen (1-1) earned the victory in relief. He went 1 2/3 innings.

“I think our mindset is to be ready at any time right now and I think, as the season progresses — and the season obviously, it’s a short season — but if we get some more games under our belt we’re going to get a better feel for the way it’s going play out, I think,” Lorenzen said.

Raisel Iglesias pitched a perfect ninth for his third save.

Genesis Cabrera (1-1) took the loss after working one inning. He was charged with three of the four runs on Davidson’s homer, but all were unearned. Cabrera didn’t allow a hit, but he walked one and hit a batter with a pitch.

St. Louis came unraveled in the sixth after Cabrera retired the first two Reds batters. Harrison Bader made a long run into deep center in an attempt to snag Eugenio Suarez’s drive and was in position to make the catch for the final out of the inning but the ball popped out of his glove.

“It was a little funky,” Bader said. “I definitely should have caught it, there’s no doubt. There’s no doubt that ball needs to be caught.”

Cardinals shortstop Tommy Edman then dropped Bader’s throw for a second error on the play, allowing Suarez to scoot into third base.

Mike Moustakas walked and Cabrera plunked Phil Ervin to load the bases. Webb came in and gave up Davidson’s homer.

“He got behind and had to make a pitch. It’s a tough spot for Tyler,” Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said. “You came in with the bases loaded, got behind, made a pitch that clearly got more plate than anybody would have wanted except maybe Davidson, and the guy put a swing on it.”

Reds starter Anthony DeSclafani went 4 1/3 innings and gave up three hits. He walked four and struck out two.

Dakota Hudson pitched one-hit ball through 4 2/3 innings. He struck out six and walked two.

The Cardinals led 2-0 going into the sixth. Kolton Wong scored on a fielder’s choice in the fifth, and Bader came in on a bases-loaded walk in the third.

MAKING UP

Cincinnati and Pittsburgh will make up games missed Aug. 15 and 16 after a Reds player tested positive for COVID-19 with doubleheaders Sept. 4 and 14. The first will be at Pittsburgh and the second in Cincinnati, though the Reds will serve as the home team for both extra games.

TRANSACTION

The Cardinals announced that RHP Alvaro Siejas was outrighted off the 40-man roster and removed from the 60-man player pool. The 21-year-old rookie hasn’t pitched for St. Louis.

UP NEXT

Reds: LHP Wade Miley (0-2, 16.20 ERA) has lasted only 1 2/3 innings in each of his two starts.

Cardinals: LHP Kwang Hyun Kim (0-0, 3.86) gets his second start of the season after earning a save in his major league debut.

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