The Reds finally scored just enough runs to hand Johnny Cueto his first win of the season, even if it took eight innings and the speed of Billy Hamilton.
Cincinnati defeated the Milwaukee Brewers Wednesday night, 2-1.
It looked like another strong start from Cueto would be wasted. Tied at 1-1 in the bottom of the eighth Brewers' pinch-hitter, Logan Schafer led-off the inning with a double. Schafer advanced to third on a Jean Segura bunt. Cueto was able to strikeout Elian Herrera looking. After walking Ryan Braun to put runners at the corners, Cueto was able to slip out of the jam by striking out Adam Lind.
The Reds took advantage in the ninth. With one-out an none on, Billy Hamilton walked. He advanced to third on a Joey Votto single. It looked like Cincinnati's rally would end when Todd Frazier popped out to the catcher. With two-outs and Brandon Phillips at the plate, Brewers reliever Francisco Rodriguez bounced a ball that snuck by catcher Martin Maldanado. Hamilton immediately streaked home and was able to beat Rodriguez to the plate, giving the Reds the go-ahead run.
Aroldis Chapman nailed the game down in the ninth with two strikeouts and a fly-out to right field.
“Johnny [Cueto] is a great pitcher. He gives it his best every time out there," said Hamilton. "For us to get him a win is big. He's the best I've seen. We just have to build off of it.”
Despite a 1.86 era, this was Cueto's first win of the season.
The Reds go for the four-game sweep Thursday afternon at 1:40 p.m.