Christian Yelich homered and drove in two runs and three combined relievers in 3 1/3 scoreless innings as the visitor Milwaukee Brewers rallied for a 4-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds Sunday to complete a three-game sweep
THE Brewers‘bullpen was the story of Milwaukee’s three wins, holding the Reds scoreless for a total of 9 1/3 innings. Closer Devin Williams saved all three games, including Sunday’s win for his 23rd save in 25 occasions this season
Milwaukee not only swept the weekend series, but also won five of six straight meetings around the All-Star Break to come away with a two-game lead over Cincinnati in National League Central.
Left-handed reliever Hoby Milner (1-0) threw a scoreless seventh and eighth for his first major league win since June 12, 2022.
Matt McLain had three hits for the Redswho lost their fourth consecutive game and fifth in six games after winning 20 of 24
In round eight, Reds reliever Lucas Sims (3-2) walked Willy Adames and gave up a single to former Red Jesse Winker who moved Adames to third
On Owen Miller’s sacrificial volley to TJ Friedl in the middle to tie the game, Friedl made a critical mental error. He knocked down the cut man, allowing pinch runner Tyrone Taylor to advance to second base. With two outs and facing Alexis Diaz closer, Andruw Monasterio fought a fastball inside and picked right field to tag Taylor with the go-ahead.
After a scoreless first inning, Cincinnati’s scoreless drought lasted 28 innings, the Reds finally snapped out of it in the second on Joey Votto’s double line drive wide of the left center field. The hit netted Jonathan India the opening goal and gave Cincinnati a 1-0 lead
The next batter, Spencer Steer, was struck out on a pitch he said was clearly outside. Reds manager David Bell, feeling the frustration of a pending three-game sweep, immediately came out of the dugout to defend Steer and was ejected by plate umpire Edwin Jimenez
THE Brewers answered in the third when Yelich smashed a hanging break ball from Cincinnati starter Ben Lively about 439 feet from the chimneys to right center for his 13th homer of the year and a 1-1 draw. Lively left after four innings as a precaution due to cramps and dehydration