After blowing a 6-1 lead, the Cincinnati Reds came back to stun the fans at Miller Park on Saturday night, to knock off the Brewers, .
The Reds (53-75) scored four times against Francisco Rodriguez (0-3) for his first blown save since Aug. 27 of last year in San Diego. Cincinnati gave starter Keyvius Sampson seven runs of support, but his lack of command had him exit after just 3.2 innings six runs, five earned, on seven hits and two walks. Matt Garza got off the hook despite allowing seven runs on 11 hits in his 3.2 innings for the Brewers(54-75).
The scoring came fast and furious for both teams in the first four innings as the Reds started with two in the first inning. After a Jason Bourgeois single and a Jay Bruce double, Bourgeois scored on a groundout by Brandon Phillips and Bruce scored on a bunt single by Todd Frazier. Scooter Gennett started the Brewers off with a single and then scored three batters later on a single by Adam Lind to make it 2-1.
In the second, Eugenio Suarez ripped a line drive past the head of Garza and then Skip Schumaker doubled to set up shop. Tucker Barnhart grounded out, but scored Suarez, while Schumaker was thrown out at home on a ground ball by Sampson. Bourgeois kept the inning alive with his second hit of the game to set up a three-run blast to deep center field off the bat of Bruce. Elian Herrera started the Brewers half of the second with a walk and was followed by a double off the bat of Jean Segura. Both came home to score on Gennett’s second hit of the game to cut the lead to 6-3.
Both teams were kept off the board in the third, but got right back into scoring mode during the fourth. The Reds chased Garza after Joey Votto hit an RBI single that scored Bourgeois. Sampson wasn’t too far behind as Gennett reached for the third time and drove in his third run with an RBI single. Pedro Villarreal gave up two inherited runners in relief as Jonathan Lucroy and Ryan Braun hit back-to-back RBI singles for a 7-6 contest.
With Tyler Thornburg in the game for Garza, Frazier smoked a line drive over the left field wall for his 30th home run of the year, which sets a new career high. Villarreal would let that 8-6 lead slip as the first two hitters reached to start the bottom of the inning. Shane Peterson hit a fly ball that scored one run and then Gennet struck for his fourth hit, this time a two-run triple against Burke Badenhop in relief of Villarreal. Gennett scored on another sacrifice fly in the inning to hand the Brewers a 9-8 lead.
Jumbo Diaz and J.J. Hoover(6-0) each tossed a scoreless inning, although Hoover had to work around a one-out triple to keep the game within a run. Rodriguez came on for his 31st save attempt of the year, but the Reds had other ideas.
Bruce singled for his third hit of the game to start the inning and then scored for the third time when Votto hit a two-run blast over the left field wall to give Cincinnati a 10-9 advantage. The Reds weren’t done yet as Brayan Pena hit a pinch-hit single with two outs and Frazier aboard. The Home Run Derby champ came home to score on a wild pitch and was able to avoid the tag by Rodriguez at the plate. Barnhart drove in the last nail in the coffin with an RBI single to score Pena.
Aroldis Chapman came on for his first save opportunity since Aug. 18 when he blew a 1-0 lead against Kansas City. Chapman had no trouble notching his 25th save of the year and first since Aug. 8 against Arizona. He retired all three hitters in order, including two strikeouts to end the game.
The win snaps a four game skid for the Reds as they try for the series win on Sunday at 2:10 p.m. John Lamb (0-2, 6.06 ERA) will try for his first MLB win and he’ll get a chance to do so against Wily Peralta (4-8, 4.55 ERA).