Cincinnati Reds lose to St. Louis Cardinals on Nolan Arenado homer

ST. LOUIS – The Cincinnati Reds couldn’t hold onto a four-run lead with their ace on the mound and their bullpen couldn’t keep up with the St. Louis Cardinals.

Nolan Arenado, the Cardinals’ big acquisition in the winter, drilled a go-ahead, two-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning off Lucas Sims. The Reds, who haven’t won back-to-back games since Aug. 26-27, will have to wait at least a couple of more days after Saturday’s 6-4 loss at Busch Stadium in front of 33,404 fans.

Sep 11, 2021; St. Louis, Missouri, USA;  Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Luis Castillo (58) pitches during the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Sims, who struck out all three batters he faced Friday, had trouble with the heart of the Cardinals lineup. Paul Goldschmidt lined a one-out double to the center-field wall. After Tyler O’Neill had a groundout to first base on a weird hop around the foul line, Arenado crushed a slider over the fence.

Arenado was rewarded with a curtain call as his teammates erupted with cheers in the dugout.

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