The Reds won in their final at-bat for the fourth game in a row

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The Reds improved to 4-0 after taking down the Cardinals on Friday night. They took a 5-4 lead in the bottom of the eighth on a Todd Frazier sacrifice fly. Aroldis Chapman set down the Cardinals with little trouble in the ninth inning to nail down the win for his second save of the season.

With the win, the Reds became the first team since 1912 to win each of their first four games in their final at-bat, Joel Luckhaupt pointed out on Twitter. Here’s how the first three went down:

  • Game 1 vs. PIT: Todd Frazier clubs a go-ahead three-run home run in the bottom of the eighth, Chapman gets the save for a 5-2 win
  • Game 2 vs. PIT: Joey Votto hits a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the 11th for a 5-4 win
  • Game 3 vs. PIT: Frazier scores the winning run on Gregory Polanco’s error in the bottom of the ninth for a 3-2 win

In Friday’s game against the Cardinals, Votto continued to hit well, swatting a pair of two-run home runs. Billy Hamilton walked twice and stole his seventh base of the season, making him 7-for-7 on the season.

White Sox shut down Lucas Giolito for remainder of season

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The Athletic’s James Fegan reports that the White Sox are shutting down starter Lucas Giolito for the remainder of a season. An MRI revealed a mild lat strain, which typically comes with a three- to four-week recovery timetable. The third-place, 65-84 White Sox have nothing left to play for, so it makes sense to play it safe with their prized young hurler.

Giolito, 25, had a breakout season. He went 14-9 with a 3.41 ERA and a 228/57 K/BB ratio in 176 2/3 innings. He made his first All-Star team and will likely earn a few downballot votes for the AL Cy Young Award.

Giolito was scheduled to start Tuesday’s series opener against the Twins. Ross Detwiler will start in his place opposite Martín Pérez.