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Oh Seung-hwan picks up 15th save as Cardinals end slide

All Headlines 07:29 September 05, 2016

SEOUL, Sept. 5 (Yonhap) -- The St. Louis Cardinals' Oh Seung-hwan has picked up his 15th save of the season, helping the club end a mini-slide in the process.

Oh threw a scoreless ninth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati on Sunday (local time), preserving a 5-2 victory and snapping the Cards' losing streak at three games.

Oh gave up a single but struck out two batters, as he lowered his ERA from 1.82 to 1.79.

It was the right-hander's first appearance since giving up a walk-off single to the Reds' Eugenio Suarez in the bottom of the ninth on Friday.

The South Korean's record now stands at 4-3, with 93 strikeouts against 17 walks in 70 1/3 innings.

Oh gave up a leadoff single to Adam Duvall but struck out the next two men: Tyler Holt and Zack Cozart. Then Joey Votto, the Reds' best hitter, swung on the first pitch fastball and flied out to left field.

At 71-64, the Cardinals hold a 1.5-game lead over the New York Mets for the second wild-card spot in the National League.

In the American League, slumping Baltimore Orioles outfielder Kim Hyun-soo was benched in the club's 5-2 loss to the New York Yankees at home.

The left-handed hitting Kim usually sits against southpaws and gets the nod against right-handers. But having gone just 2-for-15 in his last five games, Kim didn't start against the Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda.

The Orioles' two-game winning streak was snapped, and they remained in third place in the AL East behind the Toronto Blue Jays and the Boston Red Sox.

Oh Seung-hwan of the St. Louis Cardinals throws in the ninth inning against the Cincinnati Reds in Cincinnati in this Associated Press photo taken on Sept. 4, 2016. (Yonhap)

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