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Cleveland 7, St. Louis 2
When: 1:10 PM ET, Wednesday, July 28, 2021
Where: Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio
Temperature: 82°
Umpires: Home - Marvin Hudson, 1B - Sean Barber, 2B - Chris Guccione, 3B - Ramon De Jesus
Attendance: 19927

Franmil Reyes hit two homers to power the Cleveland Indians past the visiting St. Louis Cardinals 7-2 Wednesday.

Cesar Hernandez added a two-run homer and a sacrifice fly for the Indians, who earned a split of this two-game series while winning for just the third time in their last nine tries.

Winning pitcher Zach Plesac (6-3) allowed two runs on seven hits in five innings. Relievers Blake Parker, Nick Sandlin, Emmanuel Clase and James Karinchak each threw a scoreless inning of relief to finish off the victory.

Cardinals starting pitcher Kwang Hyun Kim (6-6) allowed five runs on five hits -- including a career-high four home runs-- in just 2 2/3 innings.

Kim won his previous five starts while allowing just three runs in 30 innings.

The Cardinals also lost third baseman Nolan Arenado to a right forearm contusion when Plesac hit him with a pitch in the fifth inning.

In the first inning, the Cardinals took a 1-0 lead on singles by Dylan Carlson, Arenado and Yadier Molina.

Reyes tied the game with a 446-foot solo homer in the second inning. Carlson countered with a solo homer in the third inning to put the Cardinals up 2-1.

But the Indians blasted Kim out of the game in their half of the third.

Kim hit Ernie Clement with a pitch with one out, then allowed Hernandez's two-run homer. One out later Jose Ramirez and Reyes smacked back-to-back homers to push Cleveland's lead to 5-2.

The Indians added two more runs in the fourth inning. Yu Chang hit a leadoff double and scored on Austin Hedges' single.

Hedges took second on center fielder Harrison Bader's throw home. He took third on a bunt and came home on Hernandez's sacrifice fly to make it 7-2.

Indians left fielder Harold Ramirez protected that margin in the fifth inning with a leaping catch of Molina's fly ball to the wall with two runners on base.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Starting Pitchers
St. Louis   Cleveland
Kwang-hyun Kim Player Zach Plesac
Loss W/L Win
2.2 IP 5.0
0 Strikeouts 4
5 Hits 7
16.88 ERA 3.60
Hitting
St. Louis   Cleveland
Dylan Carlson Player Franmil Reyes
2 Hits 3
1 RBI 2
1 HR 2
5 TB 9
.500 Avg 1.000
Team Stats Summary
 
Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
St. Louis 7 1 10 .206 17 11 2 1 0 0
Cleveland 9 4 23 .310 10 3 7 4 0 0