Brewers beat Reds on Lucroy’s walk-off homer
MILWAUKEE — Jonathan Lucroy led off the bottom of the ninth inning with his second solo homer of the contest as Milwaukee handed Cincinnati its fifth straight loss, 4-3 Tuesday night at Miller Park.
Lucroy homered inside the left-field foul pole on the third pitch of the ninth from Sam LeCure (1-2) to give the Brewers their fourth victory in six games. The walk-off blast was the second of Lucroy's career - both coming against the Reds.
Ryan Braun and Aramis Ramirez also smashed solo homers as host Milwaukee defeated Cincinnati for the second straight night. Francisco Rodriguez (4-3) pitched a scoreless top of the ninth for the Brewers.
Braun and Ramirez hit first-inning homers off Reds starter Homer Bailey and Lucroy's sixth-inning blast to left-center field gave the Brewers a 3-1 lead. Cincinnati tied the score in the seventh when Ramon Santiago was hit by Jimmy Nelson's pitch with the bases loaded and pinch hitter Chris Heisey added a tying sacrifice fly against Brandon Kintzler.
Bailey and Nelson each were charged with three runs and four hits in six innings. Cincinnati's first run crossed on Jay Bruce's fourth-inning double.
CREW CUTS: Brewers 2B Scooter Gennett departed after four innings due to tightness in his right quadriceps and Reds SS Zack Cozart (finger) left after being hit by a pitch in the seventh. X-rays on Cozart were negative. ... Cincinnati placed RHP Logan Ondrusek (shoulder) on the 15-day disabled list and recalled RHP Curtis Partch from Triple-A Louisville. ... Braun, who had two hits, is 16-for-39 during a 10-game hitting streak, while Lucroy's homers were his first since July 4.