CINCINNATI -- Rain has once again interrupted a Reds game, as showers halted Friday's game against the Cardinals in the eighth inning with a 2-2 score. The game was suspended and will be resumed at 12:30 p.m. ET on Saturday ahead of the regularly scheduled 1:05 p.m. game.
Cincinnati took a 2-1 lead in the second inning against Cardinals starter John Lackey when Ramon Cabrera hit his first Major League home run, a solo shot to the right-field bullpen on a 1-2 pitch.
Reds rookie starter Michael Lorenzen began the St. Louis fourth inning by allowing Greg Garcia's game-tying homer to center on a 1-1 pitch. Lorenzen was in trouble when Jon Jay followed with a double to right-center, but was thrown out at third base trying for a triple on a great relay throw started by Jay Bruce. Two more singles followed but the Reds escaped when Stephen Piscotty lined into a double play at first base.
"He made some big pitches," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "It wasn't vintage but he was being pushed a little bit and he answered. He made some big pitches when he had to. It wasn't as crisp as last time and sharp with his stuff but he was able to battle through."
In a no-decision, Lorenzen finished with two earned runs and 10 hits allowed over five innings with one walk and five strikeouts. Lorenzen's first pitch of the night also set a Major League record for the Reds with 42 consecutive starts by a rookie pitcher.
Lackey worked seven innings and allowed two earned runs and seven hits with three walks and 10 strikeouts. The Reds certainly had some chances as Billy Hamilton reached third base three times with less than two outs, but only scored in the first inning. Cincinnati was 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position and stranded eight before the game stopped.
Showers were already falling when reliever Brandon Finnegan made his Reds debut with two perfect innings to follow Lorenzen.
"It was good to get out there and start throwing again. It was fun," Finnegan said.
The rain intensified when J.J. Hoover took over in the eighth and his first batter, Jhonny Peralta, hit a routine pop-up that was dropped by shortstop Eugenio Suarez. The game was subsequently halted.
"Hoover, I think, is better served if he comes out of the chute [Saturday] as opposed to waiting for an hour-and-a-half and trying to crank it back up tonight," Price said. "So I think there's some benefit to that. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, we'll pick it up where we left off."
It marked the Reds' 23rd rain delay this season and the 17th at Great American Ball Park. Out of 11 home stands this season in Cincinnati, 10 have had at least one rain delay.
This is the second suspended game the Reds have had this season, with their June 27 game vs. the Mets being halted in the seventh inning at Citi Field. It was completed the following day for a 2-1 loss in 13 innings.
Tickets for Friday's game are not valid for the Saturday resumption, but can be exchanged for a game on the remaining 2015 schedule. Saturday's game is sold out.