After leaving runners on base in each of the first four innings of Saturday's game against the Brewers the Reds appeared to give up on the small ball and go with the long ball as the team used four home runs to beat the Brewers 6-3. Chris Heisey hit a solo homer in the fifth inning to cut the Brewers' lead to 2-1 and then Ryan Ludwick led off the sixth with his first home run of the season to tie the game turning on a 95 mph fastball from Brewers reliever John Axford. Jack Hannahan followed Ludwick's homer with a single and then Zack Cozart gave the Reds the lead with a two-run home run his 10th of the season. Joey Votto who was visibly and audibly upset when called out on strikes in the fifth inning led off the seventh with his 19th home run of the season. It was Votto's 152nd career homer tying him for 15th on the franchise's all-time home run list with Joe Morgan and Pete Rose. The Reds added another run later in the inning -- and their only run of the night that didn't come on a home run -- when Cozart singled up the middle to score Brandon Phillips from second. Starter Bronson Arroyo gave up two runs in the second inning but then pitched into the eighth inning. Arroyo gave up a pinch-hit home run to Caleb Gindl and a single to Norichika Aoki before being lifted for reliever J.J. Hoover. After his last start Arroyo became the first Reds pitcher since 1900 to record three consecutive starts with at least six strikeouts and no walks. Saturday he made it four -- striking out six and walking none while allowing seven hits and three runs in seven-plus innings pitched. He hasn't walked a batter in 29 2/3 innings. The Reds are now 10-1 when Arroyo starts following a team loss and he is 7-1 in such starts. Hoover gave up an infield single to Jean Segura but the Reds then got an unconventional double play to get out of it. With two men on Jonathan Lucroy hit a grounder to Phillips. Segura stopped in his tracks and started running back to first. Phillips started chasing but threw to first to retire Lucroy for the first out first. Then Segura went back toward second. Votto threw to Cozart who ran Segura back toward first -- all the while keeping an eye on Aoki at third -- and finally threw to Phillips who was covering first for the tag. Aramis Ramirez then grounded out to Cozart to end the inning.
Explosive bats lift Reds to 6-3 win over Brewers
Cincinnati Enquirer | Aug 25