Aug 18, 2013; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Cincinnati Reds catcher Ryan Hanigan hits a single to drive in a run in the fifth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Hanigan's Big Day Lifts Reds Over Brewers.


The Reds needed a win after dropping two in a row to the Brewers after winning the first game of the series on Thursday and they were able to do it handily winning 9-1 over the Brewers on Sunday afternoon at Miller Park to salvage a split in the four gamer.

Reds was going against Brewers starter Wily Perelta who his last time out against the Reds had a complete game shutout, that wasn’t the case at all this afternoon as the bats got to him in the 2nd inning big time. Jay Bruce leadoff with a single to left then Chris Heisey singled as well, Jack Hannahan did the same thing loading the bases with no outs.Ryan Hanigan delivered a two run single to left scoring Bruce and Heisey and a 2-0 lead. Hannahan scored on a pass ball to make it 3-0.

They weren’t done after Homer Bailey was retired, Shin Soo Choo walked then Cesar Iztruris lined out to second. With two outs Joey Votto was intentionally walked, Brandon Phillips was up hit a two run single scoring Hanigan and Choo to make it a five run inning.

In the fifth inning offense added four more runs that lifted Brewers starter Wily Perelta out of the game as the Reds increased their lead to 9-0.

Homer Bailey was on the bound for the Reds and pitched a great game and was helped by the offense big time as he had no trouble at all only allowed a Krhis Davis solo homerun in the fifth inning only run he allowed the whole game. Final line for Bailey 8IP, 3H, 1ER, 1BB, 8SO improving his season overall record to 8-10.

With the win the Reds end the seven game roadtrip at 5-2 and overall 70-54 on the season,are now three games out of first place Pittsburgh as of right now because the Pirates are still playing in extras right now, so the Reds will be either 2 1/2 or 3 1/2 games out by the end of the day. Reds begin a seven game homestand starting tomorrow night against the Arizona Diamondbacks for four games. Pitching matchup for the opener will be Bronson Arroyo for the Reds and Randall Delgado for the Dbacks. First pitch is at 7:10pm.

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