The Associated Press
The Herald Bulletin
---- — CINCINNATI — With their hitting slump a thing of the past, the Cardinals can relax and focus on getting back into first place.
It’s only a half-game away.
David Freese set the tone with a bases-loaded double in the first inning, and Daniel Descalso hit two of the Cardinals’ three homers on Friday night as St. Louis pulled away to a 13-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.
The Cardinals have emerged from a deep hitting slump by scoring 13 runs in each of their last two games. It’s the first time this season they’ve had double-digit run totals in consecutive games.
“Our guys put so much pressure on themselves,” Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. “They’re perfectionists. It was frustrating for a quite a few days. It was good to see some energy. I hope we can keep riding it.”
While the Cardinals have emerged from their hitting slump, the Reds are still stuck in theirs.
Shelby Miller (11-7) limited Cincinnati to two singles over the first five innings before Joey Votto hit a three-run homer in the sixth. The Reds managed only six hits, five of them singles. They’ve been held to three or fewer runs in six of their last seven games.
“I felt really good,” Miller said. “That was some of the best stuff I had all year. I kind of let it get away from me in the sixth inning. I guess I kind of lost my focus, which is something that shouldn’t let happen.”
In every respect, it was a night the Reds wanted to forget.
“This is a game that depends upon how short a memory you have,” outfielder Jay Bruce said.
Bronson Arroyo (9-9) matched his season high by giving up seven runs in only 3 2-3 innings, his shortest outing of the season.
Freese also had a bases-loaded walk, giving him four RBIs. Allen Craig and Carlos Beltran each had three hits as St. Louis piled up 14 in all.
The 13 runs were the most allowed by Cincinnati this season.
Dodgers 6, Cubs 2
CHICAGO — Mark Ellis extended his hitting streak to 13 games before both he and manager Don Mattingly were ejected, and the Los Angeles Dodgers matched an 89-year-old club record with their 12th straight road victory, beating the Chicago Cubs 6-2 on Friday.
Ellis doubled and scored in the third before being tossed when he and Mattingly argued a called third strike in the fourth inning, but that didn’t stop the Dodgers from improving to 12-2 since the All-Star break.
The NL West leaders remained unbeaten on the road since a loss at San Francisco on July 6 and matched the 1924 Brooklyn Robins for the longest streak in franchise history.
Nick Punto added two hits and drove in two runs, and Adrian Gonzalez and Yasiel Puig each added a pair of hits and scored a run for the Dodgers.
Los Angeles took control early, scoring two in the third and two more in the fourth while building a 5-1 lead and chasing All-Star Travis Wood (7-8).
That was enough for Hyun-Jin Ryu (10-3), who became the first Dodgers rookie to win 10 games since Kazuhisa Ishii in 2002. The left-hander matched a season high by allowing 11 hits in 5 1-3 innings but held Chicago to just two runs. He also struck out six without a walk.
Junior Lake became the first Cubs player since at least 1916 to collect four hits twice in his first 16 major league games — and the first in the majors to do so since St. Louis’ Bo Hart in 2003.
But with Wood struggling with his control, the Cubs lost for the fifth time in six games.
The left-hander lasted just 3 1-3 innings in his shortest outing of the season, allowing five runs and seven hits. He threw 96 pitches and walked five, including four in a row in the third to force in the inning’s second run after back-to-back doubles by Ellis and Punto.
That made it 3-1, and the Dodgers added to their lead in the fourth after Ellis and Mattingly got tossed.
Tigers 2, White Sox 1
DETROIT — Doug Fister pitched eight impressive innings, Austin Jackson homered and Jose Iglesias drove in a run in his Detroit debut to lead the Tigers to a 2-1 win over the Chicago White Sox on Friday night.
The White Sox lost their eighth straight game, and AL Central-leading Detroit has won 10 of 11.
Fister (10-5) allowed a run and seven hits, striking out two. Joaquin Benoit pitched a hitless ninth for his 11th save in 11 chances.
Iglesias, acquired from Boston this week in a three-team deal, started at third base in place of Miguel Cabrera, who experienced soreness after running and was scratched pregame.
Hector Santiago (3-7) allowed two runs and six hits in seven innings. He struck out seven and walked one.
Fister threw 88 pitches before being replaced by Benoit for the ninth. He won his fourth straight start — and he’s allowed four earned runs in 28 innings over that span.
The 23-year-old Iglesias was initially going to play second base Friday, but when Cabrera was pulled before the game, he moved over to third. Iglesias could soon take over at shortstop for Jhonny Peralta, who faces a possible suspension amid the fallout from baseball’s investigation into the Biogenesis of America anti-aging clinic. Peralta was in the lineup at shortstop Friday.
Prince Fielder led off the Detroit fourth with a double, and he went tumbling into third while advancing on Victor Martinez’s flyout. One out later, Iglesias dropped a flare into shallow right field for a single to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead.
Jackson hit his seventh homer of the year in the fifth, a high drive that carried over the fence in left-center field.
Chicago ended Fister’s shutout bid in the sixth with an RBI single by Alex Rios, but Fielder cut off Jackson’s throw from center and ran Rios down between first and second for the third out.
The White Sox (40-67) are 27 games under .500 for the first time since finishing the 1976 season 64-97. Chicago put the tying run on first to lead off the seventh and eighth innings, but each time, Fister was able to induce a double play grounder.
In the ninth, Rios drew a two-out walk and stole second, but Adam Dunn grounded out to end it.