One of the Milwaukee Brewers’ shortest extra-base hits was followed by a very long one and just like that, the Crew had a 4-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds at Miller Park Saturday night.
With one out against reliever J.J. Hoover (1-5), Scooter Gennett blooped a double into short left-center field, just over shortstop Zack Cozart and just in front of a sprinting Billy Hamilton from center field.
On the very next pitch, Ryan Braun crushed a liner well over the wall in right field for his 10th homer of the season, breaking a tie game and giving the Brewers their last lead.
Milwaukee (41-28) had rallied to take the lead in the bottom of the seventh off reliever Logan Ondrusek.
Khris Davis grounded out to shortstop to score Lucroy and tie the game 1-1 and after left-hander Manny Parra came in to relieve Ondrusek with lefty swinging Lyle Overbay due up, pinch-hitter Rickie Weeks singled to left to score Gomez.
Then baseball did what baseball does.
Will Smith (1-0) had not surrendered a home run all season. Hamilton hadn’t hit one as a right-handed hitter in his major-league career.
So, of course, with one out in the top of the eighth, Hamilton got into a fastball from Smith and blasted it over the wall in left for his third home run of the year, but his first hitting right-handed, tying the game 2-2.
The Reds (32-35) had made a first-inning run on a Brandon Phillips RBI single stand up, thanks to a standout start by Mat Latos, who was making his season debut after a winter and spring full of injuries.
Latos allowed just two hits and struck out four over six scoreless innings, throwing 60 of his 87 pitches for strikes.
Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo was almost as good. Gallardo was touched for a run on six hits in seven innings, walking two and striking out eight.
Francisco Rodriguez, who gave up the winning run to the Reds on Friday night, shut down Cincinnati 1-2-3 in the ninth for his 21st save.
Gennett doubled twice and was 2-for-4, raising his average to .294. Lucroy’s hitting streak was snapped at nine games after he went 0-for-3 with a walk.
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