ST. LOUIS (AP) – Harrison Bader hit a game-ending single to lift the St. Louis Cardinals to a 4-3 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday in the first game of a day-night doubleheader.
St. Louis, which has won nine of 10, pushed its lead over the Chicago Cubs to three games in the NL Central.
Eugenio Suarez homered for the Reds, who have dropped four in a row.
Bader, facing five infielders with no one out, lofted a fly ball off Michael Lorenzen (0-4) to deep right field to bring in pinch-runner Tyler O’Neill.
Jose Martinez began the rally with a walk. Yadier Molina followed with a ground-rule double to set the stage for Bader’s first career walk-off hit.
St. Louis scored single runs in the seventh, eighth and ninth for its second consecutive walk-off win following a 3-2 triumph on Saturday.
Carlos Martinez (4-2) picked up the victory by striking out the side in the ninth.
Cincinnati starter Tyler Mahle, who was added to the roster from Triple-A Louisville earlier in the day, gave up two runs, one earned, on two hits over 6 1-3 innings. He struck out five and did not walk a batter. He was making his first appearance since July 19.
St. Louis starter Miles Mikolas gave up three runs on four hits over six innings. He struck out five, did not walk a batter and retired the last 10 hitters he faced.
Suarez broke a 1-1 tie with a two-run shot in the third, his 40th homer of the season.
Bader cut the deficit to 3-2 with a run-scoring single in the seventh. Paul DeJong’s sacrifice fly tied the game in the eighth.
Joey Votto added a run-scoring sacrifice fly in the third for the Reds.