Brewers 7, Reds 6: Chapman ineffective in loss to Milwaukee
Closer blows save, allows winning 2-run homer in 9th
Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco tags out the Brewers’ Jonathan Lucroy, who was trying to score on a two-out single by Scooter Gennett in the fifth inning.
MILWAUKEE — Jonathan Lucroy hit a two-run homer off Aroldis Chapman in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Milwaukee Brewers a 7-6 victory over the Cincinnati Reds last night.
Jean Segura sparked the winning rally when he beat out a leadoff infield chopper for his third hit. Lucroy then drove a 1-and-2 pitch to left for his 17th homer, ending Cincinnati’s five-game winning streak.
Lucroy clapped his hands as he rounded first base and ditched his batting helmet before heading into a crowd of teammates at the plate.
It was his first career game-ending homer.
Chapman (3-5) had converted each of his past six save opportunities.
Todd Frazier had three hits and tied a career high with four RBI for Cincinnati, which lost out on an opportunity to leapfrog St. Louis for second place in the National League Central. The Reds trail division-leading Pittsburgh by 31/2 games, and the Cardinals are three back after a 7-0 loss to the Chicago Cubs.
With two outs and runners on the corners in the seventh, Frazier dropped a single right in front of left fielder Khris Davis to give Cincinnati a 6-5 lead. Frazier also had a two-run single in the first and hit a solo shot in the fourth for his 12th homer.
Lucroy finished with three hits and three RBI for Milwaukee, which had lost three of four. Davis had two hits, including a two-run double, and John Axford (6-6) pitched a scoreless inning for the victory.
The Brewers played without All-Star center fielder Carlos Gomez, who is day to day because of a sprained right knee after making a leaping catch at the wall during Thursday night’s 2-1 loss to Cincinnati. He had an MRI exam yesterday that confirmed the injury, and was using crutches to move around Milwaukee’s clubhouse before the game.
Milwaukee scored three times in the third to take a 4-2 lead, but Frazier’s leadoff homer cut Cincinnati’s deficit to 4-3. Chris Heisey put the Reds in front again when he homered in the fifth. His sixth homer came after Shin-Soo Choo reached on a leadoff single.
Segura tied the score with an RBI single against Alfredo Simon in the sixth, and then got the Brewers started in the ninth. Segura leads the National League with 148 hits.
The battle of the bullpens came after each starter struggled.
Brewers left-hander Tom Gorzelanny was charged with five runs and six hits in 42/3 innings. He was coming off his best start of the season, an impressive seven-inning effort in a 10-0 victory at Seattle on Aug. 10.
Reds right-hander Mike Leake wasn’t much better, allowing four runs and nine hits in five innings. He is winless in his past four starts.
Reds right-hander J.J. Hoover got two outs to extend his scoreless streak to 22 games and 252/3 innings.
• Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said he talked to suspended outfielder Ryan Braun on Friday. Roenicke said part of the discussion involved whether Braun would speak publicly in the aftermath of his 65-game suspension by Major League Baseball, but Roenicke kept most of the phone conversation to himself.
“He’s in a good frame of mind,” Roenicke said.
• Brewers right-hander Yovani Gallardo will come off the disabled list to start tonight against Cincinnati.
Gallardo (8-9, 4.91 ERA), who had been idled by a strained left hamstring, will be opposed by Reds right-hander Mat Latos (12-3, 3.04).