Feldman, Duvall spark Reds over Cardinals 8-0

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Aledmys Diaz hit two home runs, Michael Wacha allowed one run over six innings and St. Louis beat Cincinnati to spoil Bronson Arroyo's return to the majors. He threw three pitches for strikes with consistency and needed just 78 pitches to obtain his 18 outs. The 6-foot-5 lefty played two seasons of hoops for St. John's while already a Reds minor leaguer. Michael Lorenzen sailed through the seventh and Raisel Iglesias retired six of the seven men he faced, working around a two-out walk in the ninth to Matt Carpenter for his second save. He had a two-run triple in the second inning against Minnesota starter Adalberto Mejia (0-1).

Scott Schebler belted a two-run homer for Cincinnati (3-2), which saw its three-game winning streak end. The left fielder finished 3 for 4 with a home run, a walk and two runs driven in.

There were no odd plays at Busch Stadium, a day after a pitch that bounced got stuck to Cardinal catcher Yadier Molina's chest protector. "After I went out there and threw the first pitch, I realized this is the same game I've been playing".

The Reds rookie became the first pitcher since 1970 and the third Reds pitcher since 1913 to throw 6.0 or more scoreless innings in high Major League debut. "I know it's early, but to give ourselves a two-run lead in that situation is huge".

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Leake breezed through eight strong innings Friday night, hampered by just one hiccup in the sixth inning.

Votto's double in the sixth scored Billy Hamilton.

Our algorithms project Garrett for 5 2/3 innings pitched in his next start, with 3.8 strikeouts, 2.2 walks, 3.1 earned runs allowed, and a 30 percent chance for the win. "We just couldn't get anything going offensively". His third hit, a liner to left center, plated Jose Peraza to start a four-run sixth that decided the game. The speedster improved to 24 for 26 in stolen base attempts for his career against Molina, the most by any baserunner off the eight-time Gold Glove victor. Arroyo simply missed his spots too often and without a power fastball just isn't equipped to get away with pitches over the plate's heart.

The 40-year-old Arroyo will take the mound today for the Reds in his first big-league action since 2014, joining an uncertain Cincinnati rotation that also includes Scott Feldman and Brandon Finnegan along with a variety of young arms.

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Reds: C Devin Mesoraco (right hip) caught six innings for Double-A Pensacola on Thursday.

The Twins (4-1) were looking to start 5-0 for the first time since 1968.

The St. Louis Cardinals figured it was only a matter of time before someone lit the match on the figurative stick of dynamite their offense appeared to be in the preseason.

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