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Hamilton’s single in 9th lifts Reds over Brewers

Milwaukee, WI (SportsNetwork.com) – Billy Hamilton’s go-ahead RBI single in
the top of the ninth inning lifted the Cincinnati Reds to a 6-5 win over the
Milwaukee Brewers in the opener of a three-game set.

Zack Cozart led off the ninth with a single off Francisco Rodriguez (2-2), and
after pinch-hitter Ramon Santiago moved him over to second with a sacrifice
bunt, Hamilton brought him home with a base hit into right.

“Billy came up huge,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. “That’s a huge hit,
simply because it doesn’t put (Todd) Frazier in that two-out situation.”

Aroldis Chapman struck out two in a 1-2-3 bottom half to nail down his 11th
save of the year.

Jonathan Broxton (2-0) fired a scoreless eighth to earn the win.

Todd Frazier posted two hits, an RBI and two runs scored for the Reds, who
have won three in a row and five of their last seven games.

Khris Davis crushed a solo shot for Milwaukee, which came in winners in four
of its last five.

The game was tied 1-1 after four innings before the Reds surged ahead
following a four-run fifth.

Cozart led off with an infield single and Homer Bailey reached on his
sacrifice bunt attempt when Matt Garza committed a throwing error to put
runners on second and third. After Hamilton lined out, Frazier singled through
the hole on the right side to plate Cozart and Bailey came around on Joey
Votto’s base hit to right.

Brandon Phillips laid down a squeeze bunt to bring home Frazier, and Jay
Bruce’s double allowed Votto to score and give the Reds a 5-1 lead.

Milwaukee got all four runs back in the seventh.

After Davis led off with his blast, Mark Reynolds singled. Following Irving
Falu’s lineout, Logan Schafer grounded a base hit through the hole on the left
side. Sam LeCure came on to replace Bailey and Scooter Gennett’s base hit
brought home Reynolds.

Gennett then stole second during Ryan Braun’s at-bat, but Braun struck out
when he chased a curveball in the dirt. Jonathan Lucroy beat out a tapper to
third to score Schafer, and Carlos Gomez followed with a liner into left to
plate Gennett and tie the game. Logan Ondrusek came on and induced an inning-
ending groundout off the bat of Aramis Ramirez.

“I liked the effort and it shows with us coming back and tying it,” Brewers
manager Ron Roenicke said.

Earlier, the Reds opened the scoring on Phillips’ two-out RBI single in the
first, but Milwaukee tied it in the fourth on Ramirez’s two-out RBI double.

Game Notes

Bailey struck out six and allowed four runs on six hits and three walks over 6
1/3 frames, while Garza yielded five runs — one earned — on seven hits and a
walk over seven innings.