Kyle Lohse did his job, leaving the Milwaukee Brewers in position to get a series-equalizing win at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati on Sunday, but the bullpen faltered, losing the lead and eventually the game as the Cincinnati Reds came from behind for a 4-3, 10-inning victory.
The Reds took three of four in the weekend set and clinched the finale on Todd Frazier’s double to left field off reliever Tyler Thornburg (3-1) in the bottom of the 10th after Chris Heisey drew a two-out walk.
The Brewers (21-11) were clinging to a 3-2 lead in the seventh when Lohse got into a mess he couldn’t get out of without some help. Brayan Pena singled with one out and went to third on Zack Cozart’s base hit. With lefty-swinging Jay Bruce summoned from the bench, the Brewers turned to Smith, who struck out Bruce on three pitches and then got Skip Schumaker to line out to left field to end the threat. Smith got Joey Votto leading off the eighth before Kintzler came into the game.
In the sixth, the Reds (15-16) threatened against Lohse, with Votto stroking a ground-rule double to left center and Phillips drawing a walk. Heisey singled to load the bases with one out. But Frazier hit a liner that Scooter Gennett snagged and flipped to Jean Segura for the inning-ending double play.
The Brewers took the lead early, as Gennett belted his second homer of the year off Reds’ starter Alfredo Simon in the top of the first. Milwaukee made it 2-0 in the third on Carlos Gomez’s one-out double and a single by Jonathan Lucroy.
Cincinnati got one of the runs back when Pena took Lohse deep to right field for his third home run of the season—and second of the series—leading off the bottom of the third.
In the top of the fourth, Khris Davis put the Brewers up 3-1, lining a fastball the opposite way for his fourth home run of the year.
The Reds made it 3-2 in the bottom of the fourth on a double by Phillips and a sacrifice fly one out later by Frazier.
Lohse wasn’t tremendously sharp, but allowed only two runs in 6.1 innings despite allowing eight hits. He walked one and struck out two. Smith was credited with a scoreless inning, Kintzler was charged with a run on two hits and a walk in 1.1 innings, Zach Duke struck out the one batter he faced in the bottom of the ninth and Thornburg was tagged for a run on one hit and a walk, striking out one, in two-thirds of an inning.
Sam LeCure (1-1) got the win for Cincinnati after pitching a scoreless top of the 10th.
The Brewers mustered only six hits on the day, with Lucroy going 2-for-2 with two walks and Davis putting up a 2-for-4 day. Aramis Ramirez was 0-for-4 and is just 1-for-34 in his last 10 games. His average has plummeted from .347 to .248 over that span.
Milwaukee returns home Monday to open a three-game series with the Arizona Diamondbacks (11-23). Matt Garza (1-3, 5.00 ERA) is scheduled to start for the Brewers against right-hander Mike Bolsinger (1-1, 5.79 ERA). Game time is 7:10 p.m.