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Kyle Gibson throws 5 no-hit innings to pace Cardinals in a 7-1 win over Reds

Lynn Worthy, St. Louis Post-Dispatch on

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CINCINNATI — Cardinals right-hander Kyle Gibson took a no-hit bid into the sixth inning on the road in the bandbox the Cincinnati Reds call home, and Nolan Arenado and Nolan Gorman each smashed home runs as the Cardinals bounced back and avenged a series-opening loss on Monday.

Arenado’s first home run against a left-handed pitcher in 111 plate appearances helped ignite a 13-hit performance as the Cardinals defeated the Reds 7-1 in the second game of a three-game series Tuesday night at Great American Ball Park.

The win evened the series at one game apiece and set up a rubber match on Wednesday afternoon. The Cardinals (26-27) also pulled back within a game of a .500 record.

Gibson (4-2) allowed one run on two hits and two walks in six innings. He allowed one home run and struck out six. His five no-hit innings matched Sonny Gray’s outing against the Baltimore Orioles on May 21 for the longest a Cardinals starter has gone into a game this season without having allowed a hit.

Arenado went 1 for 4 with a home run and a walk, a positive sign for the All-Star third baseman who’d been slumping badly at the plate.

Gorman’s home run was the 50th of his career, the first he’s hit at Great American Ball Park.

 

First baseman Paul Goldschmidt (2 for 4, walk), rookie catcher Ivan Herrera (3 for 5, RBI) and utility player Brendan Donovan (2 for 3) had multi-hit games. Donovan left the game after he doubled and went to third on a fielding error in the seventh inning.

Herrera’s RBI single in the eighth inning scored Goldschmidt and snapped an 0-for-14 stretch with runners in scoring position for the Cardinals.

Rookie shortstop Masyn Winn went 1 for 5 with two RBIs and extended his hitting streak to 17 games, which tied Jordan Walker and Albert Pujols for the second-longest hitting streak by a rookie in club history.

Arenado goes deep

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