Adam Duvall’s drive to right for Cincinnati in the eighth inning bounced off the top of the wall and went over for a tiebreaking two-run homer, sending the Cardinals to a 4-2 loss to the Reds on Saturday in the completion of a game suspended Friday by rain.
Eugenio Suarez singled with one out before Duvall connected on a 1-0 pitch from former Reds reliever Jonathan Broxton (2-5). Duvall’s third homer since joining the Reds on Aug. 31 and sent the NL Central-leading Cardinals to their fifth loss in six games.
That then turned into a sixth loss in seven games after the Cardinals lost 5-1 during their originally scheduled game. Former Cardinal Skip Schumaker hurt his old team hitting a three-run homer in the fifth off Lance Lynn, rookie Anthony DeSclafani pitched six strong innings for his third win over St. Louis this season.
“It’s a good thing it’s the beginning of the month,” Lynn said. “We’ll see where we are at the end of the month. It’s a good thing the season goes a couple of days into October.”
The Cardinals are 3-8 in September. They were up six games on Pittsburgh after a win on September 1st. A win by the Pirates on Saturday could cut the lead to three.