In today's MLB action, the St. Louis Cardinals visited the Reds in Cincinnati for their latest game. St. Louis was able to pick up their 80th win of the season with an 8-5 win. Dexter Fowler and Yadier Molina were among today's big heroes for the Cardinals. Here's the latest Cardinals vs. Reds game recap including top player performances, stats, standings, and what's next on the MLB schedule.

MLB game recap

In tonight's contest, the St. Louis Cardinals were able to get on the board at the top of the first. J.D. Martinez was able to knock a single to right field which allowed Dexter Fowler to score the game's first run.

However, the Cincinnati Reds answered in the bottom of the second when pitcher Carlos Martinez walked Patrick Kivlehan while the bases were loaded.

The Cardinals would add three more runs in the third inning. Dexter Flower smacked a double to center field allowing Matt Carpenter and Tommy Pham to score. Several batters later, Fowler scored after Yadier Molina's sacrifice fly. At that point, the Cards held a 4-1 lead. Cincinnati managed to get within a run after Phillip Ervin hit a 361-foot home run with Jesse Winker on base in the fourth inning.

However, St. Louis continued to add to their total over the course of the game. That included a Molander double in the seventh that scored Martinez and a play where Molina scored after Wong grounded out.

When all was said and done, the Cardinals had put four more runs on the scoreboard and ended up with the 8-4 win.

Carlos Martinez was the winning pitcher for the Cardinals as he went for just over six innings, striking out six batters. He's now 12-11 for the season. Homer Bailey picked up the loss for the Reds as he pitched four innings, struck out three batters, but gave up seven hits and four runs.

Standings & what's next

The St. Louis Cardinals now hold a record of 80-72 for the season with a 38-40 away record. The team sits 4.5 games back from the Chicago Cubs for the Nl Central Division lead. They're also only two games back from the Colorado Rockies for the second of two NL Wild Card spots. On Friday, they'll visit the Pittsburgh Pirates for a game starting at 7:05 p.m.

Eastern Time. Michael Wacha will be on the mound for the Cards.

With the loss on Thursday, the Cincinnati Reds have fallen to 66-87 for their season with a record of 39-39 at their home stadium. The Reds are at the bottom of the NL Central division and nowhere near the playoff picture. They'll stay at home for tomorrow's game when they host the Boston Red Sox at 7:10 p.m. Eastern Time. Sal Romano will get the pitching start.