Reds survive Brewers fightback

The Cincinnati Reds held on for an 11-10 win over the Milwaukee Brewers after almost blowing an eight-run lead.

The Reds built a 10-2 advantage in just four innings, but the Brewers scored seven times in the sixth to make a game of it. A solo home run by Tucker Barnhart in the seventh proved crucial after increasing Cincinnati’s lead to 11-9.

After stranding the bases loaded against Raisel Iglesias in the eighth, Jonathan Villar made it 11-10 with a home run off the Reds closer with one out in the ninth. Eric Thames followed with a single, but Iglesias retired Ryan Braun and Travis Shaw to finish off his 20th save.

Reds starter Homer Bailey (4-6) bounced back from allowing 10 runs over 3 1/3 innings in last week’s loss to St Louis to hold the Brewers to two runs despite five walks in five innings.

Milwaukee have now dropped six straight games and are 9-18 since the All-Star break.

Zack Cozart connected for a solo home run off Brewers starter Jimmy Nelson in the top of the first. Manny Pina blasted a two-run shot off Bailey in the second to give the Brewers a 2-1 lead.

Cincinnati used five straight two-out hits to score six runs in the third.

Scooter Gennett dumped in a bloop single with the bases loaded to score two and give the Reds a 3-2 lead. Eugenio Suarez followed with an RBI single and Jesse Winker then doubled in two runs.

Barnhart capped the inning with an infield single that Villar mishandled at second base, allowing Winker to score to make it 7-2.

Cozart and Suarez each hit run-scoring singles as part of a three-run fourth inning.

The first seven Brewers to bat in the sixth inning reached base and scored to pull Milwaukee within 10-9.

Thames connected for a three-run home run to make it 10-7. Milwaukee would add two more runs in the inning before Reds reliever Michael Lorenzen struck out Orlando Arcia with the tying run at third base.

Nelson (9-6) allowed a career-high nine earned runs and 11 hits in 3 2/3 innings.


Reds: RHP Scott Feldman (right knee) will be activated from the disabled list to start against the Brewers on Saturday. Originally scheduled to start, RHP Tim Adleman will move into a long relief role.

Brewers: C Stephen Vogt (left knee) went hitless in four at-bats on Friday in his first game of a rehab assignment with Class-A Wisconsin. Used as a designated hitter on Friday, Vogt will catch a portion of Saturday’s game before serving as the designated hitter on Sunday.


Reds: RHP Scott Feldman (7-7, 4.34 ERA) will make his first start since July 17 after recovering from a knee injury. The veteran has a 5.40 ERA in two starts against the Brewers this season.

Brewers: LHP Brent Suter (2-2, 3.31) will look to bounce back from two consecutive rough starts. The rookie is 2-1 with a 2.97 ERA in seven starts since taking the rotation spot of the injured Chase Anderson.

Friday’s other MLB results:
Boston Red Sox 4-5 New York Yankees
New York Mets 7-6 Philadelphia Phillies
Cleveland Indians 5-0 Tampa Bay Rays
Colorado Rockies 3-6 Miami Marlins
Kansas City Royals 3-6 Chicago White Sox
Atlanta Braves 5-8 St Louis Cardinals
Baltimore Orioles 4-5 Oakland Athletics
San Diego Padres 4-3 Los Angeles Dodgers
Pittsburgh Pirates 4-2 Toronto Blue Jays
Minnesota Twins 9-4 Detroit Tigers
Houston Astros 4-6 Texas Rangers
Chicago Cubs 8-3 Arizona Diamondbacks
Los Angeles Angels 6-5 Seattle Mariners