Dexter Fowler homered for the third straight game while Matt Carpenter and Paul DeJong also homered as the St. Louis Cardinals gained ground in their National League playoff push with a 9-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday night.
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The NL's two top players are both from teams outside of the playoff picture, and Joey Votto is about dead even with Giancarlo Stanton.
Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton, who leads the majors in stolen bases, was activated from the 10-day disabled list on Wednesday. Hamilton was recovering from a broken left thumb.
Dexter Fowler hit a tying homer in the eighth inning and a go-ahead double in the 10th, helping the St. Louis Cardinals knock off the Cincinnati Reds 8-7 on Tuesday night.
Eugenio Suarez and Scooter Gennett hit two-run home runs in the sixth inning to back Robert Stephenson's impressive pitching and the Reds completed their second three-game sweep of the slumping Pirates this season with a 5-2 win on Sunday.
Sal Romano pitched a career-high eight shutout innings, Jesse Winker homered and the Cincinnati Reds beat the reeling Pittsburgh Pirates 2-1 on Saturday.
Zack Cozart hit two of Cincinnati's four solo home runs and the Reds beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-2 on Friday night.
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Luke Weaver threw six innings of two-hit ball, Tommy Pham drove in two runs and stole two bases, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Cincinnati Reds 5-2 on Thursday afternoon.
Rookie Tyler Mahle threw five innings, Eugenio Suarez hit a grand slam and the Cincinnati Reds beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-0 on Wednesday night.
NL power surge
Four of Tuesday's five longest home runs were hit by National League players. The top two were from the same game, with Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez's 464-foot, two-run long ball -- one of two on the night -- traveling 17 feet farther than Diamondbacks OF J.D. Martinez's solo shot.
Five players celebrate the anniversaries of their 500th home runs this week. Two of baseball's greatest legends reached the milestone on this date.
Reds' 2018 schedule released
Cincinnati will open the 2018 season with five games at home in a three-game series vs. Washington and a two-game series vs. Chicago. Then the Reds hit the road for a four-game series vs. the Pirates and a three-game series vs. the Phillies.
Paul DeJong homered, Yadier Molina drove in three runs and the streaking St. Louis Cardinals outslugged the Cincinnati Reds 13-4 on Tuesday night.
Reds manager Bryan Price put his argument with umpires on pause for the singing of "God Bless America," then Cincinnati surged past the New York Mets 10-5 Sunday on Tucker Barnhart's career-high five RBI.
Rafael Montero overcame five walks to win his third straight start, Kevin Plawecki hit a two-run homer and the New York Mets beat the Cincinnati Reds 6-1 on Saturday night.
Jose Reyes homered twice, Seth Lugo pitched six shutout innings and the New York Mets beat the Cincinnati Reds 5-1 on Friday night for their third straight win.
Rookie Brandon Nimmo homered twice, Juan Lagares added a solo shot and the New York Mets beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-2 on Thursday night.
Cincinnati Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton, who leads the majors in stolen bases, has a broken left thumb and is headed to the 10-day disabled list.
Rookie Luis Castillo struck out 10 in his final start of the season, Zack Cozart and Jose Peraza homered and the last-place Cincinnati Reds completed a three-game sweep of the Milwaukee Brewers with a 7-1 win on Wednesday.
Greene is the most athletic of the pitchers on this list, already in complete control of his 6-foot-4, 200-pound frame on the mound and at shortstop at age 17.
Robert Stephenson escaped threats while pitching into the seventh on Tuesday night, and Scooter Gennett homered during Cincinnati's five-run rally in the bottom of the inning, sending the Reds to a 9-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.
Clemente Award nominees: NL Central
The Roberto Clemente Award is given annually to a player who best represents the game of baseball both on and off the field. Here are the nominees for each NL Central team:
- Cubs: Anthony Rizzo
- Reds: Scooter Gennett
- Brewers: Matt Garza
- Pirates: Josh Harrison
- Cardinals: Adam Wainwright
Hamilton an unlikely hero for Reds
Billy Hamilton's home run in the bottom of the ninth inning gave the Reds a 5-4 win over the Brewers on Monday. Hamilton, whose career home run rate is now one per 115 at-bats, was an unlikely candidate to hit a walk-off homer. Among the more than 500 current big league players who have hit at least one home run in the majors, the only ones with lower lifetime home run rates than Hamilton who have hit walk-off homers in their careers are Eric Young Jr. (one HR every 146 at-bats) and Adeiny Hechavarria (one HR per 128 at-bats), per the Elias Sports Bureau.
Martinez, Gennett take different routes to 4-HR club
J.D. Martinez and Scooter Gennett are among the 18 players in major league history to accomplish the rare feat of a four-homer game. Martinez entered Monday's game vs. the Dodgers with an impressive power-hitting resume. The same can't be said for Gennett ahead of his four-homer game vs. the Cardinals on June 6.