The Milwaukee Brewers (78-72) were fueled by six late runs to take the final game of the series against the Cincinnati Reds (71-79) by the score of 9-2.
The Brewers got a quality start from Matt Garza who went six innings strong of four hit, one run baseball. Garza struck out six and gave up his only run on a solo home run by Todd Frazier in the sixth inning. Garza improves his record to .500 at 8-8 on the year.
For the Redlegs, Mike Leake put up a solid start as well, going six innings, scattering eight hits to give up only three runs and striking out three. Leake got the loss in today's game, dropping him to 11-12 on the season.
"They worked him a little bit and they didn't expand his zone too much," Reds' manager Bryan Price said. "But he really battled out there."
Unfortunately for the Reds, the bullpen couldn't keep the Brew-Crew off the board, as Logan Ondrusek, Carlos Contreras and J.J. Hoover combined to pitch the final two innings, giving up six runs on seven hits and two walks.
The Reds have now lost 43 consecutive games when giving up at least six runs, with their last win coming on August 21 of the 2013 season.
After Milwaukee blew the game wide open, Reds' manager Bryan Price worked some younger guys into the lineup, bringing in a total of five pinch hitters in the final few innings. A good note for the Reds was that rookie outfielder Yorman Rodriguez got a pinch hit single to earn his first career Major League hit.
"With the energy these guys bring with September call-ups, I think we'll see some mix and match ups in Chicago," Price said.
[Written by Brett Bibbins, WXIX]
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