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Game 8: Cardinals 7, Reds 5

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Lance Lynn suffered a familiar problem Tuesday night against the Cincinnati Reds: A lousy first inning.

But the Cardinals out-scored the Reds 7-2 over the last eight innings of the game and won back-to-back games for the first time this season.

Yadier Molina started off the scoring for St. Louis in the second when he hit a two-strike home run to left off Cincinnati starter Homer Bailey to cut the deficit to 4-1. Matt Adams then hit an infield single to shortstop Zack Cozart and with one out Peter Bourjos singled to left field.

Lynn tried, unsuccessfully to bunt the runners to second and third. But after the Reds retired the lead runner a bad throw from third baseman Todd Frasier prevented the double play and gave the Cardinals new life in the inning.

Matt Carpenter collected the first Cardinals two-out hit with a runner in scoring position this season to make the score 4-2. Then Kolten Wong notched the team's second, a game-tying triple.

The game remained tied until the fifth inning when the Reds regained the lead when Joey Votto and Jay Bruce singled and then Ryan Ludwick drove in a run with a ground ball to second base.

But, with Cincinnati-based broadcaster Thom Brennaman declaring how happy he was that Bailey appeared headed for a win, Bourjos hit a leadoff double in the sixth and Carpenter reached when he was hit by a pitch on the elbow. Matt Holliday then doubled to flip the script and put Lynn in line for the win by driving in two to make the score 6-5.

Bourjos, who at the beginning of the Reds series didn't have a hit for the season, drove in Molina in the seventh to make the final score 7-5. He was 3-for-4 in the game to raise his batting average to .227.

Cardinals Star of the Game: Bourjos.

Cardinals Play of the Game: Holliday's two-run, game-winning double.

Lowlight: Allen Craig continues to struggle. He stranded six runners on base, was hitless in five at-bats and struck out twice to lower his season batting average to .097.