Reds build early lead, hang on for 11-10 win over Brewers
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Zack Cozart and Eugenio Suarez had three hits and drove in two runs each, as the Cincinnati Reds built an early eight-run lead and then held on for an 11-10 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday night.
The Reds built a 10-2 lead through four innings, but the Brewers scored seven times in the sixth to make it a game. A solo home run by Tucker Barnhart in the seventh increased Cincinnati’s lead to 11-9.
After stranding the bases loaded against Raisel Iglesias in the eighth, Jonathan Villar made it 11-10 with a home run off the Reds closer with one out in the ninth. Eric Thames followed with a single, but Iglesias retired Ryan Braun and Travis Shaw to finish off his 20th save.
Reds starter Homer Bailey (4-6) bounced back from allowing 10 runs over 3 1/3 innings in a loss to St. Louis on Aug. 6 to hold the Brewers to two runs despite five walks in five innings.
Milwaukee has dropped six straight games and is 9-18 since the All-Star break.
Cozart connected for a solo home run off Brewers starter Jimmy Nelson in the top of the first. Manny Pina blasted a two-run shot off Bailey in the second to give the Brewers a 2-1 lead.
Cincinnati used five straight two-out hits to score six runs in the third.
Barnhart capped the inning with an infield single that Villar mishandled at second base, allowing Winker to score to make it 7-2.
Cozart and Suarez each hit run-scoring singles as part of a three-run fourth inning.
The first seven Brewers to bat in the sixth inning reached base and scored to pull Milwaukee within 10-9.
Thames connected for a three-run home run to make it 10-7. Milwaukee would add two more runs in the inning before Reds reliever Michael Lorenzen struck out Orlando Arcia with the tying run at third base.
Nelson (9-6) allowed a career-high nine earned runs and 11 hits in 3 2/3 innings.
Reds: RHP Scott Feldman (right knee inflammation) will be activated from the disabled list to start against the Brewers on Saturday. Originally scheduled to start, RHP Tim Adleman will move into a long relief role.
Brewers: C Stephen Vogt (left knee strain) went hitless in four at-bats Friday in his first game of a rehab assignment with Class-A Wisconsin. Used as a designated hitter Friday, Vogt will catch a portion of Saturday’s game before serving as the designated hitter Sunday.
Reds: RHP Scott Feldman (7-7, 4.34 ERA) will make his first start since July 17 when he left after one inning due to right knee inflammation. The veteran has a 5.40 ERA in two starts against the Brewers this season.
Brewers: LHP Brent Suter (2-2, 3.31) will look to bounce back from two consecutive rough starts. The rookie is 2-1 with a 2.97 ERA in seven starts since taking the rotation spot of the injured Chase Anderson.