Cincinnati Reds' (32-35) starting pitcher Mat Latos made his long-awaited season debut but the Milwaukee Brewers (41-28) took home the win Friday night by the score of 4-2.
The Reds struck first with an early run, as centerfielder Billy Hamilton led off the game with a ground-rule double and later scored on an RBI single through the middle by second baseman Brandon Phillips.
Latos threw a very solid six innings of shutout baseball, only giving up two hits, striking out four and not allowing a walk. When Latos left the game after the sixth inning with a 1-0 lead, he was in line for the win; however, the Reds' bullpen couldn't keep the Brewers off the board for long, resulting in a no decision for Latos.
Logan Ondrusek started the seventh for Cincinnati with a one run lead but Milwaukee would plate two before the inning was over.
Cincinnati battled back in the top of the eighth though, as Hamilton hit a one-out bomb for his third homerun of the year to tie the game at two. Hamilton's homerun was his first career homerun hitting from the right side.
The Reds' bullpen couldn't keep the Brewers from scoring for the second straight inning, as reliever JJ Hoover gave up a one-out double to Milwaukee second basemen Scooter Gennett, followed by a two-run blast to right field by left fielder
Ryan Braun, and the Brewers took a 4-2 that would prove to be the final score.
Milwaukee starter Yovani Gallardo (4-4), matched Latos' strong outing, throwing seven innings of one-run baseball, striking out eight and only walking two.
The Cincinnati lineup was kept silent most of the night, outside of Phillips and Hamilton. The two combined to go 4 for 7 with two RBI, but the rest of the lineup combined to go just 2 for 24, with 11 strikeouts, including three K's apiece from Joey Votto and Todd Frazier. Zack Cozart went 0 for 3 with a strikeout, putting an end to his eight game hitting streak.
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