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Brewers 8, Reds 6: Brewers take first game of double header

The Brewers used a late offensive outburst to take game 1.

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Win: Jeffress (5-0)
Loss: Hoover (7-1)
Save: Rodriguez (34)

HR: Herrera (6)


In the first game of a double-header on Saturday, the Brewers used a late offensive outburst to defeat the Reds.

Cincinnati got off to an early lead which could be expected since the Brewers had Matt Garza on the mound. Garza made it just 4.2 innings, which isn't ideal when your bullpen needs to play two games in one day. Over that time, he allowed seven hits and four walks, giving up five runs (four earned). Garza has been bad of late, and this doesn't inspire much hope that he's going to come around soon.

Meanwhile, Reds starter John Lamb initially had the Brewers offense on the ropes, shutting them out for four innings. Milwaukee finally got on the board in the fifth when Jean Segura singled home Elian Herrera to make the score 3-1. That would become 5-1 when the Reds scored two in the bottom of the inning.

Then, in the sixth inning, the floodgates opened. With two on and one out, Domingo Santana singled in the second Brewers run. Hernan Perez followed that with a single to load the bases and Elian Herrera brought in a run with a groundout to make it 5-3 with two on and two outs. Adam Lind then doubled to tie the game and scored the go-ahead run on a Jean Segura single as the Brewers scored five runs in the sixth inning.

The Reds tied it back up off Jeremy Jeffress in the bottom of the seventh, but Elian Herrera led off the eighth with a homer. Another run in the ninth sealed it for the Brewers as Francisco Rodriguez closed out the game.

Ryan Braun was 2-4 with a walk and two steals today. Domingo Santana was 2-3 with a walk, two RBI and a run. Elian Herrera had two hits, including the go-ahead homer, and Jean Segura also reached base three times. Jason Rogers was 3-5 and also picked up a triple.

The Brewers and Reds go again tonight. First pitch very soon.