CINCINNATI – Austin Gomber was ready to start the seventh, still working on a no-hitter when a siren sounded and lights began to flash. The fire alarm of the Great American Ball Park had failed.
This was a new one for the Cardinals' rookie left-hander who had an unexpected 7-minute, 30-second break.
"At first I did not do it I know what's going on," said Gomber. "I turned around and saw that everything was flashing."
Gomber lost his no-hitter and time-out after the alert came to a standstill in the seventh inning, but Dexter Fowler struck a two-shot on Tuesday night, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a 4-2 victory the Cincinnati Reds.
For the second straight night, a cardinal beginner went deep into the game without allowing a strike. Daniel Poncedeleon threw seven on his debut in the premiership on Monday, before the Reds came on as a substitute against Norris for a 2-1
Poncedeleon urged Gomber to imitate him on Tuesday, a challenge to the left. (19659010) "I talked to Ponce and he said, 'Do it, do it,'" Gomber said. "I was like, I probably will not take no-hitter in seventh."
Joey Votto chose one for the Reds' first hit, and Suarez followed with his 21st homer, finishing the rookie debut as a beginner. Gomber made 15 relief appearances this season before the Cardinals sent him to Triple-A to get in shape to help her exhausted rotation. He pitched 90 pitches in his first major league debut.
Scattered in a season-long crisis, Fowler joined left-hander Amir Garrett (0-2) for only his second homer, while batting right-handed. Fowler beats a total of 179.
"We need to keep it up and see that million-dollar smile again," interim manager Mike Shildt said.
Sam Tuivailala (3-3) escaped a two-time threat in the 10th. Bud Norris received his 19th rescue in 22 chances, one night after he took a loss.
Homer Bailey returned from his last injury and gave one of his best performances of the season, allowing a pair of runs and a season off a high eight doughs in 6 2/3 innings. Bailey has been marginalized since late May by a sore right knee.
Bailey was so ineffective before the injury that the Reds wanted to move him in the bullpen. He is 1-7 in 13 starts this season. He called his start encouraging on Tuesday.
"I go back and look at it and see the mistakes I made and just keep farther away," Bailey said.
Jose Martinez ranked fourth in the Yairo and one run home Munoz doubled another in the seventh.
The Cardinals opted for Poncedeleon to the Triple-A Memphis, opening a roster for Gomber.
The Cardinals are 4-4 since Shildt became Interim Manager. The Reds are 41-42 under interim manager Jim Riggleman.
With Cincinnati's Jose Peraza, who drove the first and third and two outs in the third inning, he was caught too far away from first base and trapped in a trap. Catcher Curt Casali broke for the plate and was kicked out to end the threat.
The Reds played "We did not light the fire" during the alarm delay in the seventh inning.
STATS  Fowler's 12 career homers against the Reds are his strongest opponents. … The Cardinals are 6-6 in extra innings. The reds are 5-7. … Votto's single in seventh placed a 0-by-12 slump that tied up his season. … Billy Hamilton finished a 0-for-18 slump
Cardinals: Carlos Martinez threw the outfield, the last step in his recovery from a strained right oblique. He could return to rotation next week if his recovery continues as planned.
Reds: RH helper Jackson Stephenson went on the 10-day DL with torn cartilage in his right knee, which worried him over the weekend. There are no immediate plans for surgery. … Second Baseman Scooter Gennett was back in the lineup one day after the illness, after illness limited him to pinch.
Cardinals: Jack Flaherty (4-4) makes his fourth career start against the Reds. He made the shortest start to his career on September 19 at Great American Ball Park, taking just two innings.
Reds: Sal Romano (5-8) has faced the Cardinals twice, the Reds lose both games.  ___
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