The Cincinnati Reds exploded for 13 runs on 14 hits in a 13-7 slugfest over the Milwaukee Brewers. Jay Bruce led the offense going 3-for-5 with a solo home run and two doubles. He added two RBIs and two runs.
It looked bad early for Reds starting pitch Mat Latos. The Brewers roughed him up for two runs in the first inning. Jean Segura launched a solo homerun, his second in as many days and Aramis Ramirez doubled to score Ryan Braun.
Luckily for the Reds, they also scored early and and scored often. They scored a combined 12 runs in the second and third innings.
In the second, Bruce led off the inning with a solo shot to right-center field, his third of the year. Todd Frazier followed Bruce with a bunt single, Xavier Paul reached base on an error by Ryan Braun and Devin Mesoraco walked to load the bases. Latos helped himself with an RBI single and Shin-Soo Choo walked with the bases loaded to bring in another run. Zack Cozart then hit a sacrifice fly and Joey Votto ended the five run outburst with an RBI groundout.
But the offense wasn't quite done yet…
Bruce and Frazier led off the third inning with back-to-back doubles. Paul walked and Mesoraco followed with an RBI double. Latos again helped himself with an RBI single, his second of the night. Choo doubled to score Mesoraco and Cozart scored Latos on a sacrifice fly. Votto added to the rally with and RBI single. After Phillips flied out, Bruce stepped back in and double for the second time in the inning. He was the first Red to hit two doubles in the same inning since Sean Casey in 1998. The inning finally ended with a groundout by Frazier and the scoreboard read 12-4.
The Brewers added two runs in the fifth and a run in the sixth.
Logan Ondrusek came in to relieve Latos in the seventh. He allowed two hits and struck out one. J.J. Hoover pitched a scoreless ninth inning.
The Reds will attempt to complete the three game sweep tomorrow at 1:10 pm. Bronson Arroyo is the scheduled starter. He is 2-4 with a 4.30 ERA on the year.
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