Gennett ends HR spree; Reds rally to win

Scooter Gennett hit four home runs, matching the major league record, and finished with 10 RBIs as the Cincinnati Reds routed the slumping St. Louis Cardinals 13-1 on Tuesday night. He had just 38 career homers heading into the game, and has managed double-digit dingers just once in his five Major League Baseball seasons. Cozart then doubled down the LF line to chase Cecil in favor of Trevor Rosenthal, which was music to Votto's ears as he mashed the go-ahead 2-run homer to put Cincinnati ahead, 6-4.

Gennett went into Thursday's game hitting.300, while Alcantara was batting a respectable.243 and Kivlehan just.220, but Kivlehan was hitting.281 as a starter while Gennett was a solid.326.

Going into this past off-season, one clearly stated goal of the Reds baseball management - general manager Dick Williams and manager Bryan Price - was upgrading the team's bench.

Josh Hamilton was the previous player to hit four home runs in one game, for Texas against Baltimore in May 2012.

If you're wondering about his name, Gennett - born Ryan Joseph Gennett - has said he chose the nickname Scooter for himself as a kid, after his favorite Muppets character. Kershaw (7-2, 2.28 ERA) struck out 14 in his last start against Milwaukee to reach 2,000 strikeouts for his career, although the ace has allowed four homers over his past two starts.

The 27-year-old Gennett singled his first time up and then homered in four straight at-bats. "We're trying to get a little more room". He lasted only 3 2/3 innings and gave up nine runs for just the third time in his career.

"I was kind of laughing, to be honest with you", Gennett said.

The last time? Also against Cincinnati in 2013.

Gennett got his second curtain call of the game after his two-run shot off John Brebbia in the eighth. LHP Brandon Finnegan (left shoulder strain) threw 2 1/3 innings in a "camp" game in Goodyear, Ariz., on Tuesday with positive reports. But earlier this season he threw six scoreless innings against the Cardinals, striking out six batters and walking only one. He is 7 for 22 in his last six games with five runs scored and two RBIs.

The Reds have won three in a row against the Cardinals for the first time since 2015.

Feldman gave up five runs - four earned - in 4 1/3 innings and took a no-decision against the Braves on Saturday.

The Cardinals have dropped a season-high five straight and eight of their last 10. The right-hander fell to 9-11 career against Cincinnati with a 5.01 ERA.

Cincinnati Reds' Scott Schebler (43) is congratulated by third base coach Billy Hatcher on a solo home run off St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Lance Lynn during the fifth inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, June 7, 2017, in Cincinnati.

The Reds reinstated left-handed reliever Tony Cingrani from the disabled list and optioned right-hander Lisalverto Bonilla to Triple-A Louisville.

Wandy Peralta (3-1) got the win in relief of Bronson Arroyo. Leake is 0-1 with a 10.32 ERA against the Reds at Great American Ball Park.

Cardinals: Fowler, who is 3 for 16 on the trip, got a day out of the starting lineup but doubled as a pinch hitter for Lynn.

After that, the combo of Lorenzen and Iglesias again cinched things for Cincinnati, as they locked down a 6-4 victory! He allowed only two runs in six innings of a 3-2 victory over Atlanta on Friday.

  • Julie Sanders