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Brandon Finnegan, Reds shut out Cardinals 7-0 for rare series win

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Posted at 3:51 PM, Aug 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-04 18:41:26-04

CINCINNATI -- Brandon Finnegan allowed one hit in six innings Thursday to lead the Cincinnati Reds to a 7-0 victory and a rare series win over the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Reds took two of three, giving them only their fifth series win in the past 23 between the NL Central rivals. Overall, the Reds have won all of their six series since the All-Star break.

Brandon Phillips had a single and a pair of doubles, scored three times and drove in a run against former teammate Mike Leake (8-9). Ramon Cabrera drove in three runs, and Eugenio Suarez knocked in a pair.

Finnegan (7-8) allowed only Jhonny Peralta's single in the fifth inning. Finnegan left after throwing 79 pitches on a humid, 88-degree afternoon. The bullpen gave up three singles while closing out Cincinnati's fourth shutout.

Joey Votto went 0 for 4 to end a 17-game hitting streak, the longest of his career.

Leake gave up seven runs and eight hits in five-plus innings.

"They were hitting some balls off the plate," Leake said. "I got behind early in some counts. That's a bad recipe, I guess."

Leake extended his streak without walking a batter to 35 innings, the longest in the majors this season. It ended when Adam Duvall walked on a full-count pitch to open the sixth. Duvall later scored on Phillips' double, his third hit of the game.

The Reds got a pair of runs in the second inning, all on hits to right field. Phillips singled, Scott Schebler doubled and Cabrera pulled a ball down the line for a two-run single. Phillips doubled again to right field in the fourth and scored on Suarez's sacrifice fly.

NOTES: RHP J.J. Hoover has cleared waivers and has been outrighted to Class AAA Louisville.