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Braun’s blast pushes Brewers past Reds

Milwaukee, WI (SportsNetwork.com) – Ryan Braun’s go-ahead two-run homer in the
bottom of the eighth inning lifted the Milwaukee Brewers to a 4-2 win over the
Cincinnati Reds in the middle test of a three-game set.

Scooter Gennett hit a one-out bloop double against J.J. Hoover (1-5) before
Braun whacked his two-run shot, an opposite-field blast over the wall in right
that gave Milwaukee a 4-2 edge.

Francisco Rodriguez then spun a 1-2-3 ninth to nail down his 21st save of the
year.

Yovani Gallardo struck out eight and allowed a run on six hits and two walks
over seven frames in a no-decision for the Brewers, who have won five of their
last seven games.

Mat Latos, who yielded just two hits over six scoreless frames, made his first
start of the season for the Reds. He underwent knee surgery to repair a torn
meniscus in the spring, then dealt with an elbow strain while working on his
return.

Billy Hamilton smacked a solo homer among his two hits and two runs scored for
Cincinnati, which had won five of its last seven contests coming in.

The Reds opened the scoring in the first inning, but neither team could muster
much offense until Milwaukee took the lead with a pair of runs in the seventh.

Hamilton led off the game with a ground-rule double into left-center before
Todd Frazier grounded out and Joey Votto struck out. Brandon Phillips, though,
came through with a two-out RBI with a single up the middle to bring home
Hamilton.

In between the first and seventh frames, Cincinnati squandered a leadoff
double by Ryan Ludwick in the second and Jay Bruce lined out with runners on
first and second and two outs in the sixth.

Gennett hit a two-out double for Milwaukee in the bottom of the sixth, but
Braun flied out to end that mini-threat.

Logan Ondrusek replaced Latos in the seventh, and the Brewers finally got on
the board.

Jonathan Lucroy walked and Carlos Gomez singled before both runners moved up a
base on Aramis Ramirez’s flyout to center. Khris Davis’ RBI groundout pushed
Lucroy across.

Manny Parra replaced Ondrusek on the mound and threw a wild pitch which
allowed Gomez to scamper to third. Pinch-hitter Rickie Weeks then rolled a
base hit through the hole on the left side to plate Gomez and put Milwaukee in
front, 2-1.

The Reds immediately got the run back in the eighth. Will Smith (1-0) took
over for Gallardo on the hill and served up Hamilton’s one-out solo shot to
left, which tied the game at 2-2.

Game Notes

Milwaukee was 2-for-5 with runners in scoring position, while the Reds were 2-
for-7 in those situations … To make room for Latos on the roster, Cincinnati
placed pitcher Sean Marshall of the 15-day DL with a strained left shoulder.