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Reds end long drought to Cardinals with win

(FOX19) -

The Reds beat the St. Louis Cardinals 9-5 Tuesday night, snapping a six-game losing streak to their division foes.

Devin Mesoraco's two-run homer in the first inning brings him within one of matching Johnny Bench for most home runs (24) by a Reds catcher since 1980.

"He's given us quality at bats," said Bryan Price. "He's had some ebbs and flows, but always rallies and has an impact on our team offensively."

Mike Leake pitched six innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and also added a run scoring hit.

The Reds surged out to a 7-1 lead after RBI doubles from Mesoraco, Brandon Phillips, and Todd Frazier, but the Cardinals responded with a three-run top of the seventh. Aroldis Chapman closed out the game in the ninth.

The teams resume their series Wednesday at 7:10 PM at Great American Ballpark.

Alfredo Simon is on the hill for the Reds against the Cardinals' John Lackey.

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