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Cardinals win in interim manager Shildt's debut

Mike Shildt wasn't sure what to expect in his first day as interim manager of the St. Louis Cardinals.
 
He certainly didn't foresee the treatment he received in a wild post-game celebration that occurred following the Cardinals' 6-4 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday.
 
Rumors of discontent in the locker room, along with inconsistent play, spelled the end for manager Mike Matheny, who was fired after Saturday's 8-2 loss after six-plus seasons. The Cardinals were 591-474 during Mathey's tenure and made the playoffs in each of his first four years. But St. Louis failed to reach the postseason the last two years.
 
Matheny was a gold glove catcher for St. Louis from 2000-04 and used those leadership qualities as a manager.
 
Matt Carpenter and Fowler homered to lead an opportunistic seven-hit attack Tommy Pham broke out of a 0-for-20 slump with a two-run, go-ahead single for the Cardinals, who snapped a three-game losing streak.
 
Cincinnati, which had won four of five, is 35-26 since beginning the season 8-27.
 
John Gant (3-3) picked up the win with four hitless innings of relief. He struck out four and walked two.
 
Carpenter began the game with a first-pitch homer, his fifth leadoff home run of the season and 20th of his career. He leads the team with 19 round-trippers.
 
Fowler added a solo shot in the second off Anthony DeSclafani (4-2) for a 2-0 lead.
 
Pham erased a 3-2 deficit with a two-run single that highlighted a four-run outburst in the fourth. It was Pham's first hit since July 5. He entered the game in the second inning after starter Harrison Bader left with a knee injury.
 
Both Pham, who is hitting .243 and Fowler (.176), have struggled at times this season.
 
Adam Duvall tied the game for the Reds with a two-run, bases-loaded single in the fourth. Jose Peraza then put his team in front with a single off the leg of starter Miles Mikolas.
 
DeSclafani allowed six earned run on five hits over 3 1-3 innings.
 
Mikolas, who is headed to the All-Star Game, surrendered three runs on six hits over four innings in his shortest outing of the season.
 
Reds outfielder Jesse Winker extended his hitting streak to a career-high 10 games with a third-inning single.
 
St. Louis travels to Chicago for a four-game series against the Cubs after the break.

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