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Senzel, Ervin help Reds beat Cardinals to salvage DH split

Nick Senzel and Philip Ervin hit solo home runs, Luis Castillo pitched six effective innings and the Reds beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-3 Sunday night to end a four-game losing streak and salvage a split of the teams' second doubleheader in two days.


Castillo (14-5) lasted six innings, giving up three runs and five hits with three walks. He struck out eight as the Reds' pitchers had 11 in the game.


Raisel Iglesias pitched a perfect ninth for his 28th save, a night after he blew an opportunity.


Daniel Ponce de Leon (1-2) allowed four runs -- three earned -- and five hits with a walk, and a hit batter in four-plus innings in the night game. Called up earlier in the day when rosters expanded, he entered the fifth with a 3-2 lead but gave up Senzel's 12th homer to left-center to start the inning. Joey Votto, who doubled off the Cardinals' starter, also scored in the inning as the Reds took a 4-3 lead.


Ervin's fifth homer of the season in the sixth capped the scoring. He finished a triple shy of the cycle.

The Cardinals Andrew Knizer hit his second homer of the season, a two-run shot that was part of a three-run third for St. Louis. Kolten Wong had three hits, including a triple, and an RBI.


In the first game, Harrison Bader continued his hit parade with a game-ending single to lift the Cardinals to the win.


Bader, facing five infielders with no one out, lofted a fly ball off Michael Lorenzen (0-4) to deep right field to bring in pinch-runner Tyler O'Neill.


Eugenio Suarez homered for the Reds, who have dropped four in a row. Suarez then left the second game after being hit by a pitch in the fifth inning.


Jose Martinez began the Cardinals' winning rally with a walk. Yadier Molina followed with a ground-rule double to set the stage for Bader's hit.


Carlos Martinez (4-2) picked up the victory by striking out the side in the ninth on 13 pitches.


Cincinnati starter Tyler Mahle gave up two runs, one earned, on two hits over 6 1/3 innings. He struck out five and did not walk a batter.


Suarez broke a 1-1 tie with a two-run shot in the third.

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