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Moss homers twice, Cardinals roll over Reds 12-7
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Moss homers twice, Cardinals roll over Reds 12-7

Published Jun. 9, 2016 12:26 a.m. ET

CINCINNATI (AP) Brandon Moss homered in consecutive at-bats, Matt Adams and Jhonny Peralta added three-run drives and the St. Louis Cardinals rolled over the Cincinnati Reds 12-7 Wednesday night.

Moss broke a 4-4, fifth-inning with a two-run drive into the right-field seats, then liner a solo homer that barely cleared the right-field wall in the seventh for his eighth career multihomer game.

Every St. Louis starting position player had at least one hit, and Cardinals relievers retired their first 10 batters as St. Louis won for the third time in four games.

Matt Bowman (1-1) got his first major league win by striking out his only batter, Zack Cozart, for the final out of the fifth with the potential tying run on second base.


Cozart and Tucker Barnhart hit solo home runs for the Reds, who have lost two of three after a season-high four-game winning streak.

Alfredo Simon (2-6) walked a season-high five, allowing six runs and seven hits in five innings. St. Louis starter Jaime Garcia gave up five runs and a career-high 13 hits in 4 2/3 innings.

Cozart tied the score 4-4 in the fourth when he led off with his fourth homer in his last nine games. Barnhart cut the Cardinals' lead to 6-5 with a two-out solo homer in the fifth after Billy Hamilton was thrown out by Garcia trying to steal third.

Peralta broke open the game in a four-run eighth with his first homer this season. Peralta was playing his second game after missing the Cardinals' first 57 games following left thumb surgery.


Cardinals: C Brayan Pena, who hasn't played this season while recovering from left knee surgery on April 5, caught four innings and went 0 for 2 with a groundout and a strikeout on Tuesday in the first game of an injury rehabilitation assignment with Double-A Springfield.

Reds: RHP Caleb Cotham, on the disabled list since May 31 with right shoulder inflammation, is working to eliminate the soreness, manager Bryan Price said. He has not been cleared to throw.


Cardinals: RHP Adam Wainwright (5-4) is to make make his 300th career appearance in his start on Thursday at Cincinnati. Wainwright allowed a season-high seven earned runs and 10 hits, including five doubles, over 5 1/3 innings in a 9-8 loss on April 16.

Reds: LHP Brandon Finnegan (2-4) is Cincinnati's scheduled starter in Thursday's series wrapup. Finnegan's win over Washington last Friday was his first in nine starts since April 16.


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