Unexpectedly, Reds pick up game on Cardinals

Update: Reds have put Jonathon Broxton on 15-day disabled list for a right elbow strain and recalled Pedro Villareal.

With St. Louis playing a three-game series at hapless Miami this weekend, it appeared doubtful that the Reds would pick up any ground on the National League Central Division-leading Cardinals. Oh, we were so wrong.

As Jay Bruce was golfing a Milwaukee Brewers’ pitch into the left-field seats for a walk-off homer and a Reds’ 4-3 win, St. Louis was losing 5-4 in Miami. Pitcher Jake Westbrook did make is return from the disabled list for St. Louis. Cincinnati is now 2.5 games behind the front-running Cards.

Some Reds notes:

  • It was Bruce’s fifth career walk-off homer.
  • Bronson Arroyo gave up a season-high 12 hits but gave the Reds a much-needed 7.2 innings after Dusty Baker used seven pitchers in the 14-inning loss at Chicago on Thursday.
  • Reds again lost a lead in the 8th inning, this time when Martin Maldonado homered off Arroyo.
  • Usually sure-handed, the Reds committed three errors.
  • Big base-running play by Todd Frazier in the sixth as his steal of second base forced a Milwaukee error. Frazier then scored on Jack Hannahan’s sacrifice fly.
  • Johnny Cueto’s bullpen session went well and he should start on Sunday.
  • Reds have won four of their last five.
  • Homer Bailey goes against Yovani Gallardo today at 4:10 p.m. at GABP.

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