For five innings it looked as if the Cincinnati Reds were going to lose. It looked as if they were going to get shut out. It look as if they were going to get no-hit.
As they say, looks are deceiving.
For five innings, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright held the Reds to no runs and no hits Saturday night in Monterrey, Mexico.
And the Reds trailed, 1-0.
But Cincinnati’s first hit was a game-tying home run by Jesse Winker with one out in the sixth. Then Derek Dietrich hit a leadoff home run in the seventh to give the Reds a 2-1 lead.
The Reds then added three runs in the eighth inning and it all added up to a 5-2 victory, their fourth straight win that snapped a five-game St. Louis winning streak.
Reds starter Tanner Roark gave up a two-out run-scoring single to opposing pitcher Adam Wainwright in the second inning and nothing else, although he pitched out of a couple of problems.
He pitched 5 1/3 innings and gave up one run, six hits walked one and struck out six. He gave up a game-opening triple to Matt Carpenter but kept him stranded at third base.
After giving up a run in the second, he gave up a leadoff single in the third, but the Reds turned a double play.
He put two on with two outs in fifth, but snagged Paul DeJong’s line drive, a defensive reflex that saved a run. DeJong came into the game with a 12-game hitting streak but went 0 for 5 and made the game’s final out with two on base.
Roark faced two batters in the sixth and gave up a double and recorded an out. Manager David Bell brought in Amir Garrett and the Cardinals loaded the bases before Garrett struck out Wainwright.
From there, Garrett, Jared Hughes, David Hernandez and Raisel Iglesias finished the night.
After the home runs by Winker and Dietrich to give the Reds a 2-1 lead, pinch-hitter Phillip Ervin (batting for Winker) led off the eighth with a triple. It was the first pitch he saw this season after getting called up for this series when the teams were permitted to increase their rosters to 26.
Joey Votto walked, but Yasiel Puig and Eugenio Suarez were retired. With two outs, Scott Schebler singled home a run and Dietrich tripled to right center for two more runs, giving him three RBIs and the Reds a 5-1 lead.
Easy? Not yet.
Kolten Wong led the bottom of the ninth with a home run off Zach Duke, forcing Bell to bring in closer Iglesias.
He immediately walked Harrison Bader and with one out he gave up a single to Carpenter. That put two on base with one out and potential tying run coming to the plate.
The first assignment was ever-dangerous power-packed Paul Goldschmidt, owner of six home runs and owner of two singles on the night. Iglesias retired him on a shallow fly to right and then retired DeJong to end the game.