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Reds score early, beat Cardinals 5-3

CINCINNATI -- The Reds used power to get ahead of the Cardinals early in the game and power to quiet the Cardinals at the end of it.

Todd Frazier and Devin Mesoraco hit home runs to build Cincinnati's 5-3 victory Friday night at Great American Ball Park. And lefty Aroldis Chapman, in his first outing against the Reds' rival this season, never allowed the tying run on base in the ninth with his fast, faster, and then fastest approach to closing.

Chapman struck out Matt Adams on a 102-mph fastball.

He got Jhonny Peralta to ground out on a 101-mph fastball.

Mark Ellis singled on a 100-mph fastball to bring up Shane Robinson, the potential tying run, as a pinch hitter.

Chapman fed him fed him a 101-mph fastball that Robinson sent to the warning track in left field. That's as far as it got before being caught for the final out of the game.

Chapman's fourth save of the season made a winner of Homer Bailey. The righty allowed three runs on eight hits through six innings. He picked off Peralta at a key point in the game, and he struck out four. Shelby Miller pitched five innings and took the loss. He allowed four runs on five hits and a walk and he struck out five. It was Cincinnati's ability to damage against Miller and the relievers--runs off two homers and another run from a key double--that proved the difference.

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