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Gant sharp for 6 innings, Cards send Reds to 6th loss in row

ST. LOUIS (AP) – John Gant earned his first victory as a starter since 2018 by throwing six solid innings, and the St. Louis Cardinals sent the Cincinnati Reds to their sixth straight loss, 2-0, on a rainy Saturday. Andrew Knizner, subbing for injured catcher Yadier Molina, and Nolan Arenado drove in a run. Dylan Carlson added three singles as St. Louis won a series for the second time this season.

After waiting for a rain delay of 2 hours, 20 minutes before throwing his first pitch, Gant (1-2) allowed just three hits. He struck out five and walked two in his fourth season start. It was Gant’s first win as a starting pitcher since September 9, 2018, at Detroit. He had won 11 games in relief since then. Genesis Cabrera pitched the seventh, and Giovanny Gallegos finished the three-hitter for his first save. The Reds lost for the eighth time in 10 games. Wade Miley (2-2) gave up two runs on five hits in six innings.

Arenado hit an RBI single in the first.

The Cardinals added a run in the sixth when Knizner doubled off the left-field wall.


Reds CF Tyler Naquin turned 30 on Saturday.



Reds: INF Mike Moustakas, who hasn’t played since April 14, continues to recover from a non-COVID-19-related illness that has kept him on the 10-day injured list retroactive on April 20. “I’ve had a viral infection,” Moustakas said. “I don’t want to get into too much detail. It wasn’t good, and I wasn’t feeling good at all. I couldn’t fight through it, so I got put on the IL. The last couple of days, I’ve been feeling a lot better. The cure for me was just time.”

Moustakas, who is hitting .289, said he could return next week. He will be eligible to return from the IL on April 27. Cardinals: Molina exited after batting in the fifth inning Friday because of soreness in his right foot. Molina had raised his batting average to .339 after he homered and doubled. “I talked to him. He may be the toughest man alive, and he said, ‘I can play.’ I’m not too worried about it,” manager Mike Shildt said before the game.


Reds: RHP Luis Castillo (1-1, 6.05) will make his team-high fifth start of the season. He is six strikeouts shy of 600 for his career. He lost to St. Louis in the season opener in Cincinnati.

Cardinals: RHP Jack Flaherty (3-0, 3.80) had a no-decision oon his Cincinnati opening day. The Cardinals have won in his first four starts, averaging 11 runs per game.

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