October 24, 2014

Jay continues hot hitting as the Cardinals deny Cueto his 16th win. Close to within 1.5 games of Milwaukee

A woman taunts Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Johnny Cueto as he comes out of the game against the St. Louis Cardinals in the sixth inning at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on August 20, 2014.      UPI/Bill Greenblatt

A woman taunts Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Johnny Cueto as he comes out of the game against the St. Louis Cardinals in the sixth inning at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on August 20, 2014. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Cincinnati Reds starter Johnny Cueto just didn’t have it last night and the Cardinals made him pay for it.  Cueto was denied becoming the majors’ first 16-game winner as he allowed five runs in five+ innings, as his seven-game winning streak ended with a 7-3 St. Louis victory.
Jon Jay had three hits, scored twice and was hit by a pitch for the 16th time this season.  He is batting .462 (18 for 39) during a 12-game hitting streak.

Jay singled and scored on Matt Holliday’s double in the third. Jay reached on a two-out infield hit in the fifth, leading to Peralta’s three-run double.

Lance Lynn improved to 14-8, allowing just four singles in seven inning.  With a 5-0 lead, his night ended before coming out in the eighth with a 58-minute rain delay.  The Reds scored three times in the ninth, and Trevor Rosenthal got two outs for his 37th save in 42 chances.