Cardinals spoil Molina HR, Lester start in late loss to Reds

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Cincinnati Reds’ Aristides Aquino (44) scores as St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina chases after the throw during the ninth inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 10, 2021, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jose Barrero made the most of an unexpected start by doubling in the tiebreaking run in the ninth inning, leading the Cincinnati Reds over the St. Louis Cardinals 4-2.

The 23-year-old Barrero had two hits after he was recalled from Triple-A Louisville earlier in the day to fill in for infielder Kyle Farmer, who was placed on the paternity list. Barrero was hitting .167 over 14 big league games prior to Friday.

The loss spoils a strong seven inning effort from Jon Lester, who gave up three hits, including two home runs.

Yadier Molina hit his 11th home run of the season.

Both teams are vying for the second wild-card spot. The Reds entered trailing the Padres by a game for the second spot, and the Cardinals began the night three games behind San Diego.

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