The Milwaukee Brewers scored five runs on just two hits in the final three innings, coming back from a four-run deficit for an unlikely 6-5 win over the contending Cincinnati Reds on Sunday afternoon at Miller Park.
The victory gives the Crew its first series win at home since sweeping the Miami Marlins July 19-21. Rookie Sean Halton won it for the Brewers with a solo home run off Reds reliever Zack Duke (1-2) with one out in the bottom of the ninth. Halton took a 1-0 pitch and deposited it over the wall in left-center field for his third homer of the season.
“It felt good to come through,” Halton told Fox Sports Wisconsin after the game. “It’s awesome. We’ve been playing good baseball. We haven’t been getting a lot of wins, but we’ve been playing hard. That’s what we’re here to do.”
Halton got a chance to play the hero thanks in large part to Carlos Gomez, who put on a defensive show on a rainy Sunday afternoon. Gomez threw out Brandon Phillips trying to advance from first to third on a single in the fifth inning and then robbed Jay Bruce of a three-run homer in the top of the ninth by leaping over the top of the fence and pulling the ball back—reminiscent of the play he made on Joey Votto in July to end a victory over the Reds.
It certainly didn’t seem like a day when the Brewers would be celebrating a win, not when starter Yovani Gallardo needed 39 pitches to get through the first inning as Cincinnati jumped out to a 3-0 lead.
The first five batters for the Reds reached base and it was 2-0 before Gallardo recorded an out in the inning. Votto had an RBI single, Ryan Ludwick drew a bases-loaded walk and Zack Cozart narrowly missed a grand slam, having to settle for a sacrifice fly when Caleb Gindl was able to haul in his drive to left field at the wall.
Cincinnati added a run in the third. Bruce reached on a fielder’s choice, stole second and scored on Todd Frazier’s single to left-center to make it 4-0.
Gindl got the Crew on the board in the fifth, getting just the Brewers’ second hit off Bronson Arroyo. Gindl powered a pitch over the wall in center field for his fourth home run of the season to make it 4-1.
The Reds got that run right back in the top of the sixth. Frazier led off the inning with his 16th homer of the year and Cincinnati was back on top by four.
Gallardo wound up with a no-decision in his worst start since returning from the disabled list on Aug. 17. He surrendered five runs on seven hits in six innings. He walked three—all in the first—and struck out five.
Arroyo pitched well for the Reds before losing his command in the seventh. He walked the bases loaded and gave way to Sam LeCure, who surrendered an RBI fielder’s choice to Halton that made it 5-2. But the Brewers couldn’t come up with a key hit in the frame.
But they got it going in the eighth. Pinch-hitter Norichika Aoki worked a walk from LeCure to lead off the inning and Reds manager Dusty Baker summoned lefty Manny Parra to face lefty-swinging Scooter Gennett. Milwaukee skipper Ron Roenicke countered with pinch-hitter Khris Davis, who got plunked by Parra to put runners at first and second.
That ended Parra’s day. J.J. Hoover, a right-hander, came in to face Jean Segura, who drove a ball into the right-center field gap that Bruce almost got to. The ball trickled off the end of Bruce’s glove and past center fielder Shin-Soo Choo for a two-run triple, Segura’s 10th three-bagger of the season.
Segura became just the fifth Brewer with at least 10 triples in a season, joining Robin Yount (four times), Paul Molitor (twice), Fernando Vina and Alcides Escobar. He is tied for the major-league lead with Starling Marte of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Brett Gardner of the New York Yankees.
Jonathan Lucroy followed with a sacrifice fly to right to tie the game.
Jim Henderson (4-5) got the win after pitching a scoreless ninth, allowing two walks—one intentional—and fanning two. Donovan Hand and Rob Wooten each worked a scoreless inning.
Arroyo got a no-decision, working 6.1 innings and allowing two runs on three hits with four walks and a strikeout.
The Brewers finish the season 9-10 against Cincinnati, including 6-4 at Miller Park, and open a four-game series with the Chicago Cubs Monday night at home. Game time is 7:10 p.m. Central Time on Fox Sports Wisconsin, with Wily Peralta (9-15) scheduled to start for the Crew and Edwin Jackson (8-15) slated to work for Chicago.
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