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Reds Hold Off Cardinals

TJ Friedl hit a tiebreaking triple in the seventh inning and Tommy Pham added a solo homer as the Cincinnati Reds beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-6 Sunday to snap a four-game losing streak.


Nolan Arenado and Juan Yepez homered for the Cardinals, who have lost four of six.


Friedl broke a 4-4 tie with a long drive to right field and Albert Almora Jr. followed with a sacrifice fly. Pham homered against his former team in the eighth.


The Reds have fashioned an 18-16 record after a dismal 3-23 start to the season. They failed to win any of their first eight series.


Friedl has played in four games since being recalled from Triple-A Louisville on June 6 when Mike Moustakas went on the injured list. This is Friedl's fourth stint with the big league team already this season.


The Reds trailed 3-0 after Arenado hit his 11th homer of the season, a two-run drive in the third.


Jeff Hoffman (1-0) picked up the win with 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief. Alexis Diaz posted his second save.


Dakota Hudson (4-3) allowed six runs on nine hits over seven innings. He entered the game with a 6-0 lifetime record against Cincinnati.


Pham pushed the lead to 7-4 with a homer off Johan Oviedo.


Albert Pujols hit an RBI double in the St. Louis that made it 4-all.


Yepez hit a two-run, two-out homer in the ninth. Diaz then struck out Pujols to end the game.


Yepez matched a career high with three hits. He credits help from his father Omar in Venezuela with the turnaround.


Paul Goldschmidt was given the day off. Goldschmidt had a 46-game on-base streak snapped on Saturday.


Zack Thompson (0-0, 2.25) will make the first start of her career on Monday. He will face Pittsburgh RHP Mitch Keller (2-5, 5.26) in the first of a four-game series against the Pirates in St. Louis.

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