What a weekend in Cincinnati, got the flying pig, and the best record in baseball the Milwaukee Brewers in town for a big series. Third baseman Todd Frazier’s double down the left field line with two outs in the 10th inning drove home Chris Heisey with the winning run, lifting the Cincinnati Reds to a 4-3 victory over the first-place Brewers on Sunday in the finale of a four-game series at Great American Ball Park, Reds take 3 of 4 from Milwaukee.
Catcher Brayan Pena continues to impress as he homered for the second time in the series and second baseman Brandon Phillips had a game tying homer.
Left-hander Tyler Thornburg (3-1) took the loss. Sam LeCure (1-1), on his 30th birthday earned the victory.
Brewers starter Kyle Lohse, who spent two seasons in Cincinnati, held his former team to two earned runs and eight hits in 6 1/3 innings. He walked one and struck out two.
Reds starter Alfredo Simon, who was filling Mat Latos’ spot in the starting rotation, didn’t have his best command on Sunday but he gave the Reds a chance to rally, and just continues to amazed.
Simon allowed three runs and five hits in seven innings, walked one and did not strike out a batter.
Scooter Gennett started the scoring with a solo home run, his second, to right field to put the Brewers ahead 1-0 in the first inning.
Milwaukee scored its second run on a two-out RBI single by catcher Jonathan Lucroy. Gomez, who had doubled, scored to put the Brewers ahead 2-0.
Pena got a run back for Cincinnati when he launched his fourth home run 456 feet to right field on the first pitch from Lohse in the third cutting the Reds’ deficit to 2-1.
Davis’ fourth home run gave the Brewers a 3-1 lead in the fourth.
In the bottom half, second baseman Brandon Phillips doubled and later scored on Todd Frazier’s sacrifice fly to make the score 3-2.
Cincinnati loaded the bases in the sixth. But Frazier lined into a double play to end the inning. It was indicative of the afternoon for the Reds, who had five line-drive outs against Lohse.
The Reds had runners on second and third in the seventh but left-hander Will Smith replaced Lohse and retired the final two batters to end the threat.
Phillips’ first home run since April 5 came off right-hander Kyle Kintzler and tied the score 3-3 in the eighth.
Cincinnati had runners on second and third with two outs in the ninth, but left-hander Zach Duke struck out Skip Schumaker to end the inning.
Milwaukee stranded runners at second and third in the 10th as LeCure got out of it.
Big time win and series, great weekend overall in the city, team has a day off tomorrow and will take on the defending world series champions Boston Red Sox in Fenway Park on Tuesday, for a short two game series.