Votto, Solano, India homer, Wainwright Rough Reds, Cards

Cincinnati Reds' Tyler Stephenson, right, is checked by assistant coach Tomas Vera during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals in Cincinnati, Friday, July 22, 2022. (AP Photo /Aaron Doster)

Cincinnati Reds’ Tyler Stephenson, right, is checked by assistant coach Tomas Vera during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals in Cincinnati, Friday, July 22, 2022. (AP Photo /Aaron Doster)

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Joey Votto, Donovan Solano and Jonathan India homered, Tyler Naquin drove in four runs and the Cincinnati Reds opened the second half of the season with a 9-5 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday night.

Reds receiver Tyler Stephenson suffered a broken right collarbone when he was hit by Goldschmidt’s foul in the first inning. He went out after being unable to make a throw on Goldschmidt’s helicopter between the plate and the mound.

“I thought the pain would go away, but when I went to throw I couldn’t do it,” Stephenson said. “I have to sleep on a chair. I can feel the bones rubbing together. The good thing is there’s no surgery. It just needs to heal well.

The Reds have been roughing up Adam Wainwright after losing three of their last four games following a season-high five-game winning streak.

Paul Goldschmidt, who made it through Tuesday’s All-Star Game, went deep for the second-placed Cardinals, who started the day behind NL Central-leading Milwaukee by half a game.

Wainwright (6-8) was scored for a season-high seven runs in 5 1/3 innings — as many runs as the veteran right-hander allowed in five starts in May. He’s allowed five hits with three walks and two strikeouts while slipping to 0-3 in his last four starts. He has not won since June 27.

Both teams had problems with home plate umpire Ryan Additon hitting the ball. Cardinal manager Oliver Marmol’s frustration boiled over in the eighth inning, when he was sent off for the second time in his career.

“It’s hard to assess this start,” Marmol said. “It was frustrating. This match could have gone differently with a few strike calls.

The Reds led 5-4 in the sixth when Wainwright walked Michael Papierski and Kyle Farmer. Naquin hosted Jordan Hicks with a two-run triple, passed the center-diving outfielder and rolled to the wall. Solano followed with a sacrifice fly.

“I’m not an excuse maker,” Wainwright said. “You still have to get out. I walked three guys, and they all scored. I gave up two home runs. Leave it there.

Reds starter Graham Ashcraft threw a career-high 112 pitches and tied his career-high with eight strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings. The rookie right-hander allowed seven hits and four runs with three walks.

Reiver Sanmartin (4-4) got the final fifth for the win.

Papierski walked one out in second and went third on Kyle Farmer’s double, setting up Naquin’s tying single. Solano gave the Reds the lead with a drive deep into the left-field lower deck.

“Oh man, I love it,” Naquin said. “I like when guys are on base. I think the (All-Star) break resets things. It resets the spirit. I felt good tonight. I plan to release that.

“The bottom of our command has done a very good job,” Reds manager David Bell said. “They’ve been a big part of our command over the past few weeks. It takes the pressure off the other guys. Getting input from everyone is really important.

Votto went 5-2 with his first homer since June 30, his seventh of the year. India managed the seventh.

After Tyler O’Neill walked to lead the fifth, Goldschmidt followed with his 21st homer, a drive into the upper deck of left field that cut Cincinnati’s lead to 5-4.

O’Neill gave St. Louis a 2-0 lead in the second with a goal-loaded single.

SURGE

The Reds’ three home runs were more than their total from the previous eight games between the two teams.

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St. Louis LHP Steven Matz (3-3, 6.03) is expected to make his first start since May 22 on Saturday. He was sidelined with left shoulder issues. Cincinnati LHP Mike Minor (1-6, 6.21) is 0-4 in his last five starts.

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