ST. LOUIS – – Andre Pallante hit a shutout in the sixth inning in his second major league start and helped the St. Louis Cardinals to a three-game sled in a 2-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night.
Pallante (2-0) allowed four hits and two walks in 5 1/3 innings and had three strikeouts.
Génesis Cabrera and GIovanny Gallegos went 2 2/3 scoreless innings together before Ryan Helsley put up the ninth for his fourth save in six chances.
Luis Castillo (2-4) allowed two runs, one earned, in six hits in six innings as Cincinnati lost their third straight game.
Paul Goldschmidt was in his 46th straight game with two outs bottom of the first to reach base. He scored when Nolan Arenado hit right field, and Aristedes Aquino’s throw to catch Arenado after rounding first base jumped past Joey Votto.
Arenado then scored when Tyler O’Neill hit third base and Brandon Drury’s throw bounced away from Votto for the first time, giving St. Louis a 2-0 lead.
The Reds loaded bases in the eighth after Gallegos led Colin Moran, Brandon Drury and Votto, but Kyle Farmer showed up to stop Tommy Edman to end the threat
The Cardinals activated OF Dylan Carlson from the 10-day injured list and selected OF Lars Nootbaar to Triple-A Memphis. Carlson hit .247 with two homers and 11 RBI in 39 games before missing the last 18 games with a strained left hamstring.
Reds: Places C. Tyler Stephenson on the 15-day injured list with a fractured right thumb sustained in Wednesday’s game against Philadelphia. Stephenson is expected to be out for four to six weeks and his trip to the injury list marks the 28th stint for a Reds player this season. The club recalled Chris Okie from the second round of Triple-A Louisville in 2016. Okie, 27, made his major league debut behind the plate as a defensive back-up in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Cardinals: RHP Jack Flaherty (right shoulder inflammation) allowed a solo home run as the only hit against him in a four-inning rehab start for Triple-A Memphis.
C Yadier Molina has been kept out of the line-up due to general soreness but manager Oliver Marmol expects he will be in the line-up on Saturday to catch longtime battery-mate RHP Adam Wainwright.
Wainwright (5-4, 2.73 ERA) is 10-16 in 37 career appearances against Cincinnati. The Reds are the only team he has a losing record against where he has made more than one decision. Cincinnati counters with RHP Hunter Greene (3-7, 5.40 ERA), who allowed one hit and went in seven shutout innings against the at least 21 batters in a rain-shortened 1-0 win over Arizona on Monday night.