Final Score: Cincinnati 2, Milwaukee 1
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - Joey Votto's tie-breaking, solo homer in the
sixth proved to be the difference, as the Cincinnati Reds edged the Milwaukee
Brewers, 2-1, Thursday in the opener of a four-game series at Miller Park.
Devin Mesoraco scored the other run and collected two of Cincinnati's six hits
to help the Reds secure their fifth straight victory.
Tony Cingrani (6-2) struck out nine while holding the Brewers to one run on
four hits and a walk over 6 1/3 frames to earn the victory. Aroldis Chapman
worked around a leadoff single in the ninth to nail down his 30th save.
"I just tried to go out there and give the team the best opportunity to win,"
Kyle Lohse (8-8) was a hard-luck loser, giving up two runs -- one earned -- on
five hits and four walks over seven strong innings.
Khris Davis stroked his fifth homer of the season to account for Milwaukee's
offense, as the Brewers dropped their second straight contest.
Davis crushed a two-out blast the opposite way in the second to get the
Brewers on the board, but the Reds responded with a run in the fifth to tie
Mesoraco started the inning with a grounder up the middle that second baseman
Jeff Bianchi corralled, but his throw to first pulled Juan Francisco off the
Mesoraco collided with Francisco on the play and as the ball trickled through
the infield, Mesoraco raced into second.
The heads-up play from Mesoraco loomed large, as Zack Cozart followed with a
single to center to score Mesoraco and tie the game at 1-1.
Votto then put the Reds in front in the sixth when he led off the frame with a
towering drive into straightaway center field to make it 2-1.
"It wasn't a very good one," Lohse said of the pitch to Votto. "I didn't quite
get the grip and I just tried to throw it down and away and it just didn't
have any life on it."
Milwaukee threatened in the seventh, as Jonathan Lucroy led off with a single
before Aramis Ramirez worked a walk.
Cingrani then got Logan Schafer to pop out into foul territory on a bunt
attempt before being removed in favor of Sam LeCure, who got Davis to bounce
into a 1-4-3 inning-ending double play to escape the frame unscathed.
Manny Parra and Jonathan Broxton combined to keep the Brewers off the board in
the eighth before Chapman shut the door in the ninth.
Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez left the game with a right knee sprain in
the top of the fourth inning after crashing into the wall while making a catch
on Brandon Phillips' fly out ... Reds pitchers have recorded at least 10
strikeouts for the fifth straight game, one shy of the team record set in
April ... Lohse played with the Reds across parts of two seasons in 2006 and
2007, winning nine of 26 decisions in 33 appearances ... Milwaukee finished 0-
for-4 with runners in scoring position.
08/16 01:30:14 ET
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