After a crazy back and forth night which saw two different four run innings, Billy Hamilton's ninth inning single which allowed Zack Cozart to score from second helped the Cincinnati Reds sneak by the NL Central leading Milwaukee Brewers by a score of 6-5 on Friday evening at Miller Park in Milwaukee.
The win helped the Reds pull within two games of .500 and gave them their third winning streak of at least three games this year.
"I think the bigger thing is it's three wins in a row against two really good teams," starter Homer Bailey said after six and a third innings allowing four earned runs on six hits while fanning six. "That was a big comeback win. It was something we really haven't done much of this year. I think once you pick up those kinds of wins and coming back, it becomes contagious."
Cincinnati never trailed throughout the evening. They plated a quick run in the first when Brandon Phillips
singled home Todd Frazier
with two outs. Milwaukee later tied the game at one after the fourth.
The Reds then broke open the game with a four run fifth inning. Cozart singled to lead off the inning and was followed by a sacrifice bunt by Bailey. After a lineout by Hamilton, Frazier and Joey Votto
collected back-to-back run scoring singles to make a 3-1. Phillips brought home Frazier again but this time thanks to a sacrifice fly and Jay Bruce
ended the scoring with a run-scoring double to left.
The Brewers weren't out yet. They came back with their own four run inning in the seventh to tie the game at five.
Heading to the ninth with the game tied, Francisco Rodriguez took to the mound for Milwaukee allowing a leadoff single to Cozart. Pinch-hitter Ramon Santiago then bunted Cozart into scoring position. Hamilton stepped into the box and singled the second pitch of the at-bat into left field allowing Cozart to round third and safely score.
"Great at-bat by Cozart," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "With Cozart leading off with the base hit, it just made more sense for Santiago bunt him over and give us a chance with Billy and Frazier to drive him in there. Billy came up big time."
The Reds will have a big game Saturday as they have the opportunity to pull even closer to .500 and close the gap between them and the Brewers. Also, Mat Latos will make his season debut on the mound.
, Billy Hamilton
, brandon phillips
, Bryan Price
, Cincinnati Reds
, homer bailey
, Jay Bruce
, Joey Votto
, Mat Latos
, Ramon Santiago
, todd frazier
, zack cozart