Reds rookie Garrett stellar in debut

The Cardinals bats hung Leake out to dry, as he and Kolten Wong tallied the only hits off Reds rookie left-hander Amir Garrett, who made his Major League Baseball debut in the game.

Garrett struck out four, walked two and needed only 78 pitches to record 18 outs.

The 6-foot-5 Garrett, a four-star basketball recruit out of high school who played two years at St. John's before switching to baseball, looked poised throughout his outing.

Michael Lorenzen and Raisel Iglesias worked three ideal innings in relief of Garrett, with Iglesias pitching the last two for his second save as the Reds won their third straight game. He connected for a two-out, three-run drive in the fourth after Wacha extended the inning with his 14th hit in 143 career at-bats.

One out later, Joey Votto laced the first pitch into the right-field corner for a double that easily scored Hamilton for the only run Cincinnati required. McCann's homer in the fifth put Detroit up 2-1, and the Tigers added two more runs that inning.

There were no odd plays at Busch Stadium, a day after a pitch that bounced got stuck to Cardinal catcher Yadier Molina's chest protector.

Now it's official: Arroyo will be the team's starting pitcher in its Saturday game against the Cardinals, returning to a major league starting rotation for the first time since Tommy John and shoulder surgery took him out of the game in 2014. Finnegan, who turned 24 Friday, became the first Reds starter to pitch seven shutout innings while allowing no more than one hit in his first start of the season since Jerry Arrigo in 1967.

Hamilton stole second base on the top of the sixth inning. Wacha was in control for six innings, conceding just one run on three hits and one walk to go with six strikeouts. "We just couldn't get anything going offensively".

Zimmermann (1-0) labored early but allowed only one run and four hits.

"Michael was great", Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said.

Gordon's double off reliever Jandel Gustave brought home Brandon Moss and Alcides Escobar and followed a bases-loaded passed ball by Astros catcher Evan Gattis that allowed Salvador Perez to score. His third hit, a liner to left center, plated Jose Peraza to start a four-run sixth that decided the game.

St. Louis has stumbled a little bit coming out of the gate, as they should be handling the Reds easily.

"He's got a good fastball", Duvall said about Martinez.

It's been more than three years since Bronson Arroyo has started for the Reds.

Reds: Kevin Mesoraco (right hip surgical recovery) was not to have a day off Sunday in his injury rehabilitation assignment at Double-A Pensacola, then catch nine innings Monday. He is 6-1 with a 3.07 ERA in his career against Cincinnati. Arroyo is 8-15 with a 4.69 ERA in his career against St. Louis.

  • Rosalie Stanley