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Michael Lorenzen vs Jon Lester Battle Sees St. Louis Fall 4-2

St. Louis dropped a 4-2 decision at Busch Stadium on Friday as Cincinnati legged out a win behind winning pitcher Michael Lorenzen.

Cincinnati was favored by -115 and came through for bettors backing them. The game went UNDER the consensus closing total of 8.5.

Michael Lorenzen earned the victory for the Reds, throwing 1 innings of work, striking out 1, walking 0, and allowing 0 hits and 0 earned runs. That effort was supported by 1 RBIs from Joey Votto in the win.

St. Louis got a 7-inning outing from Jon Lester in the loss. He gave up 2 earned runs, 4 walks and 3 hits in his time on the mound, while Yadier Molina had 2 hits in the loss for the Cardinals.

Cincinnati enjoyed an edge at the plate with a 6-5 advantage in hits.

Mychal Givens pitched the final 1 innings for the save. He struck out 2 and allowed 1 hits in his outing.