“That’s as good as it gets, right there,” Schebler said.
The Reds (43-62) can win their sixth straight series since the All-Star break if they beat the Cardinals on Wednesday or Thursday. They are 11-5 since the break.
The Reds took a 1-0 lead in the first. A double by Joey Votto, who went 4-for-4 with a walk,scored Billy Hamilton, who opened the game with a walk and and then stole his 36th base. Hamilton moved into a tie for second in the National League in stolen bases.
The Cardinals tied the game in the third. Starting pitcher Adam Wainwright hit a solo home run. It was the second home run of the season for Wainwright and the fourth hit by a pitcher against the Reds this season.
Tucker Barnhart put the Reds on top again with a home run in the fifth. It was his sixth home run of the season.
The Cardinals tied the game at 2-2 in the sixth. A two-out double by Jhonny Peralta scored Brandon Moss.
Reds starter Dan Straily got out of the sixth inning without any more damage. He allowed two earned runs on five hits in six innings. He struck out four and walked one, lowering his ERA to 3.80.
The first Reds reliever, Ross Ohlendorf, didn’t take long to give up the lead. Ross Ohlendorf gave up a home run to the first batter in the seventh, Jedd Gyorko. It was the 21st time a Reds reliever has given up a home run to the first batter he’s faced. That’s a new club record.
After the Reds grabbed the lead back in the seventh on a two-run home run by Adam Duvall, the second Reds reliever suffered the same fate as Ohlendorf. Blake Wood gave up a home run to Moss, the first batter of the eighth. Then Tommy Pham hit a home run to left to give the Cardinals a 5-4 lead.