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Brewers drop rubber match to Reds in high-scoring finale, lose 14-11

Yelich hits for cycle in his best plate performance so far this season

MLB: Milwaukee Brewers at Cincinnati Reds David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

Box Score

Milwaukee dropped the final game of their three-game series against the Reds and lost the series. Adrian Houser was on the mound in the high-scoring affair and only pitched four innings, allowing seven runs, three of which were earned. Vladimir Guttierez was the starter for Cincinnati and didn’t have much success either, giving up four runs in four innings. The ball was jumping off the bat due to the warm weather and high humidity.

The Reds exploded early, with four runs in the bottom of the first inning, including a bases-clearing triple from Tyler Naquin. A fielding error from Luis Urias cost the Brewers another run, giving the Reds a 4-1 lead after one.

The Reds would add to their lead in the bottom of the second when Tyler Stephenson hit a bases-clearing double to put the Reds in control, 7-0. Christian Yelich would put the Brewers on the board in the top of the third inning, hitting a three-run home run and Hunter Renfroe would add a solo shot in the top of the fourth to cut the lead to 7-4.

Cincinnati would add more insurance in the fifth on a sac fly from Kyle Farmer. Milwaukee would answer back, however, in the top of the eighth when Renfroe crushed another home run, his second of the day. Cincy would explode off of new Brewers pitcher, J.C. Mejia, who gave up five runs. Luis Perdomo was brought in to replace Mejia, but gave up a three-run homer to Colin Moran. With the score at 14-5 heading into the ninth, the game looked out of reach.

The Brewers didn’t give up, however, answering back with their own rally in the top of the ninth. Jace Peterson led off the inning with a home run and was followed by a Kolten Wong single. Mike Brosseau hit his own two-run homer when he pinch hit for Willy Adames. Milwaukee didn’t stop there, though, with Yelich hitting a triple to finish his cycle, and Rowdy Tellez bringing him in with an RBI single. Urias and Omar Narvaez followed that up with back-to-back RBI doubles to cut the lead to 14-11. The game finally ended with a groundout by Peterson, giving the Reds the series win in what proved to be a true slugfest.

After a disappointing series against the Reds, Milwaukee heads to Miami to take on the Marlins Friday. After their three-game set, they’ll come home for another go-around with the Braves. Friday’s game will feature Corbin Burnes on the mound for the Crew, facing Pablo Lopez for the Marlins.

Friday’s game will be at 5:40 CDT on Bally Sports Wisconsin and 620 WTMJ.