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

All Headlines 10:17 September 05, 2016

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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)

Elsewhere, Lee Dae-ho of the Seattle Mariners failed to produce a hit as a pinch-hitter against the Los Angeles Angels.

Lee, a platoon player at first base with left-handed hitter Adam Lind, came off the bench in the ninth when the Mariners were trailing 4-2 at Safeco Field in Seattle. With two outs and the bases empty, the South Korean slugger faced right-hander Andrew Bailey, but he grounded out to shortstop.

Lee's batting average went down from .260 to. 259.

The Angels' South Korean player Choi Ji-man didn't play against the Mariners. The 25-year-old, who can play both first base and outfield, has yet to play a game since he was recalled from the Triple-A Salt Lake on Saturday.

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