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Brewers end losing streak, best Reds 6-5

The streak is over! Milwaukee has won.

MLB: Cincinnati Reds at Milwaukee Brewers Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Box Score

WP: Matt Albers (4-2)
LP: Luis Castillo (7-2)

HR: Yasiel Puig (16), Yasmani Grandal (17), Eugenio Suarez (16)

It wasn’t pretty, but it was a win, darn it! The Milwaukee Brewers beat the Cincinnati Reds 6-5 to put an end to the team’s five-game losing streak.

The game looked bad for Milwaukee right away in the first inning. For the third consecutive game, the Reds put up three runs in the opening inning, giving the Crew an early deficit to work out of. Unlike the last two games, Milwaukee answered back in the bottom of the inning.

The Milwaukee Nine’s scoring started with the first lead-off homer of Yasmani Grandal’s career. They then picked up two more on a Jose Iglesias throwing error, knotting things up at three a piece. Travis Shaw followed that up with an RBI groundout to finish up a four-run first.

The Reds would get to Jhoulys Chacin again in the third inning. With one out, Eugenio Suarez grabbed a 79 mph slider that hung down the center of the plate and launched it down the left field line. The solo blast tied it back up at four each.

Yasmani Grandal took that opportunity to get the scoring going again, hitting a double to center field, scoring Ben Gamel. Yaz would be driven home by Lorenzo Cain, giving the Crew the 6-4 lead.

Suarez came back to get another run off of Chacin in the top of the fifth, driving in Jesse Winker on a ground out. Craig Counsell lifted Chacin in the fifth and Alex Claudio came out to face Derek Dietrich. Dietrich continued to display his “amazing” ability to chuck an elbow into the strike zone and worked Claudio for some easy OBP. Albers was brought out to replace Claudio and finished the fifth inning without further issue.

Albers, Adrian Houser and Josh Hader worked four perfect innings to clinch the victory. Hader struck out four between the 8th and 9th innings.

Brandon Woodruff (8-2, 4.02 ERA) will head to the hill to hopefully get another win. The Reds will send Anthony DeSclafani (4-3, 4.22 ERA) to face him. First pitch is at 1:10 p.m.