ST. LOUIS — Amir Garrett pitched two-hit ball for six innings to win his major league debut, a sharp start for the former St. John’s basketball player as the Cincinnati Reds beat the St. Louis Cardinals 2-0 Friday.

Garrett struck out four, walked two and needed only 78 pitches to record 18 outs. The 6-foot-5 lefty played two seasons of hoops for St. John’s while already a Reds minor leaguer.

Michael Lorenzen and Raisel Iglesias combined for three innings of hitless relief. Iglesias went two innings to earn his second save.

Joey Votto hit an RBI double off Mike Leake (0-1), who went eight innings. Scott Schebler homered in the ninth.

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

Votto’s double in the sixth scored Billy Hamilton. Schebler connected off Kevin Siegrist.

NO LUCK LEAKE

Leake pitched well, scattering six hits while striking out six and walking one.

BLAZING BILLY

Hamilton stole second base on the top of the sixth inning. The speedster improved to 24 for 26 in stolen base attempts for his career against Molina, the most by any baserunner off the eight-time Gold Glove winner.

GOT HIM

Molina helped thwarted a Reds rally in the fifth with his arm. With runners at the corners and one out, Garrett missed a bunt and Molina threw out Zack Cozart at third to keep the game scoreless.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Reds: C Devin Mesoraco (right hip) caught six innings for Double-A Pensacola on Thursday. RHP Austin Brice (ulnar nerve inflammation, right elbow) is scheduled to make his first rehab appearance Friday at Pensacola.

Cardinals: RHP Trevor Rosenthal (right lat strain) felt good after a throwing session and could either pitch in a simulated game or go on a rehab assignment soon.

UP NEXT

Reds: RHP Bronson Arroyo will make his first start since June 15, 2014 today (TV: Live on FS Ohio at 2 p.m.). Arroyo is 8-15 with a 4.69 ERA in his career against St. Louis.

Cardinals: RHP Michael Wacha has won his last five decisions going back to June 22, 2016. Wacha is 6-1 with a 3.07 ERA in his career against Cincinnati.

MINOR LEAGUES

Winker, Herrera lead Bats


LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Jesse Winker doubled and singled as the Louisville Bats defeated the Columbus Clippers 7-2 on Friday.

Dilson Herrera homered and singled with four RBIs for Louisville.

Trailing 1-0, the Bats grabbed the lead in the first inning when Herrera hit a two-run home run.

With the score tied 2-2 in the third, the Bats took the lead for good when Winker hit an RBI double, scoring Brandon Dixon.

Louisville right-hander Rob Wooten (1-0) picked up a quality start and the win after allowing two runs on five hits over six innings.

Moroff’s HR leads Indians

INDIANAPOLIS — Max Moroff hit a three-run home run in the seventh inning, leading the Indianapolis Indians to a 5-4 win over the Toledo Mud Hens on Friday.

The home run by Moroff scored Chris Bostick and Erich Weiss and was the game’s last scoring play.

Pat Light (1-0) got the win with 1 2/3 innings of scoreless, one-hit relief while Edward Mujica (0-1) took the loss in the International League game. Dovydas Neverauskas pitched two scoreless innings for his first save of the season.

Efren Navarro singled twice, scoring three runs for the Mud Hens. John Hicks singled three times, driving in three runs.

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