Cardinals 5, Reds 1: Matt Adams hit a pinch-hit two-run home run in the sixth inning and host St. Louis rebounded to even the three-game series.
Cardinals pitcher Lance Lynn (1-0) struck out 10 while allowing four hits and one run over six innings. Adams pinch hit for Lynn with one out in the sixth with Daniel Descalso on third base and lifted a home run deep to right field off Cincinnati starter Bronson Arroyo for a 2-1 lead.
Arroyo (1-1) had retired the first 15 batters before Descalso led off the sixth with a double deep down the right-field line. Arroyo allowed four runs on five hits in six innings, striking out two and walking one.
Lynn retired the first 10 batters before Zack Cozart singled to left in the fourth, took third on a single to right by Joey Votto and scored on a fly ball to left by Brandon Phillips – his eighth RBI of the season. Edward Mujica, Trevor Rosenthal and Mitchell Boggs combined to hold the Reds on one hit over the final three innings, striking out four in the process.
Matt Carpenter had two hits and scored twice for the Cardinals, the last coming on a wild pitch in the eighth to stretch the lead to 5-1.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Cardinals RHP Jason Motte may need reconstructive surgery on his pitching elbow if the condition doesn’t improve this month, the club announced. Motte, who had a career-high 42 saves last season, was shut down in late March with a strained right elbow. ... The home run by Adams made him 7-for-11 on the season. He had three hits in each of his other two appearances. … A victory by the Reds on Wednesday would give them only their fourth series win in St. Louis in the last 33 series dating to 2003.