The Brewers cooled off the Reds’ hot start by taking three of four games in their series. Sunday’s 4-2 victory over Cincinnati in the finale was powered by three home runs, including another long ball by Eric Thames.
“I can’t remember a time in my career where a guy hit five home runs in a single series,” Milwaukee outfielder Ryan Braun said. “We’re seeing a really, really impressive hitter starting to emerge.”
Milwaukee spoiled the big league debut of Reds starter Sal Romano and took a 3-0 lead in the top of the third inning with back-to-back homers with one out. First, Braun hit a two-run shot to right field before Travis Shaw hit a booming shot near the top of the right field sun deck.
Romano was finished after three innings. He allowed three runs (two earned), three hits, four walks, and had two strikeouts and a hit batter. He threw 82 pitches in that short span, only 39 for strikes. Brewers starter Wily Peralta delivered a quality start with two earned runs and three hits allowed over six innings. Peralta walked three and struck out one.
Cincinnati got back into the game after Adam Duvall’s two-out walk against Peralta in the fourth inning. Eugenio Suarez followed by hitting a first-pitch hanging slider for a two-run homer. Thames provided some space when he led off the seventh with a homer to right field against Tim Adleman.
The Brewers’ bullpen provided three scoreless innings, including a perfect ninth from Neftali Feliz for his fourth save. After a 7-2 start, the Reds head into Monday’s off day with an 8-5 record. The Brewers are back over .500 at 7-6.
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