By: Ed Cahill
A home run by infielder Elian Herrera to lead off the eighth inning snapped a 6-6 tie as the visiting Brewers rallied from a four-run deficit to defeat the Cincinnati Reds 8-6 in the first game of a day-night doubleheader on Saturday.
After Cincinnati (55-78) scored five runs, four of which were earned, off of Brewers’ starting pitcher Matt Garza to take a 5-1 lead, Milwaukee (59-75) sent nine batters to the plate during a five-run sixth inning, tying the game on a two-out two-run double by pinch-hitter Adam Lind off of Cincinnati starter John Lamb and taking a 6-5 lead on a run-scoring single by shortstop Jean Segura off of Reds’ reliever Sam LeCure.
Cincinnati tied the game at 6-6 when first baseman Joey Votto scored on a double-play grounder by Skip Schumaker in the home half of the seventh inning, but Herrera greeted Reds’ reliever JJ Hoover in the top of the eighth inning by smacking Hoover’s first pitch over the right-field fence for his sixth home run of the season. Milwaukee added another run in the ninth inning when first baseman Jason Rogers tripled with one out and scored on a sacrifice fly by left fielder Domingo Santana.
Jeremy Jeffress (5-0) picked up the win for the Brewers while Francisco Rodriguez pitched a scoreless ninth inning to gain his 34th save of the season. Hoover, meanwhile, suffered his first loss of the season to fall to 7-1.
Reds’ second baseman Brandon Phillips collected four hits – all singles – in four at-bats while scoring one run and driving in one run while shortstop Eugenio Suarez went 3-for-3 with one double and drove in a pair of runs.