Brewers let win slip away after building lead

Brewers let win slip away after building lead

MILWAUKEE -- Adam Duvall hit a tying, three-run home run in the Reds' five-run seventh inning, then delivered a replay-aided, go-ahead RBI in the ninth for a 7-6 win over the Brewers on a tense Saturday afternoon at Miller Park.

The wild win, which saw Cincinnati overcome a 6-1 deficit, as well as the loss of starter Alfredo Simon, who was ejected in the fifth for plunking opposing starter Chase Anderson, erased the Reds' 11-game losing streak.

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Read his blog, Mark My Word, follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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Gennett laments double play that wasn't

Second baseman vows 'it won't happen again' after replay voids out

Gennett laments double play that wasn't

MILWAUKEE -- It looked to the naked eye like a routine double play, just like the 50,000 or so others Brewers second baseman Scooter Gennett figured he's turned in practices and games since boyhood.

Thanks to the modern rules instituted by instant replay, this one had a uniquely painful outcome. Gennett's foot lost contact with the bag just long enough to turn an inning-ending double play into a go-ahead run for the Reds in the ninth inning of Milwaukee's 7-6 loss at Miller Park.

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hader among top prospect performers Saturday

Hader among top prospect performers Saturday

For a player who bypassed the Class A-Advanced level, Harrison Bader hasn't had any problems adjusting to the advanced competition in Double-A.

On Saturday, the Cardinals' No. 10 prospect connected on his third home run in as many games to help fuel Springfield's four-run eighth inning and eventual come-from-behind win against Frisco. He finished 2-for-5 at the plate and also tallied a double to go along with his 11th home run in 46 games this season.

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Simon, Anderson exchange HBPs in tense game

Reds, Brewers tie National League record with six hit batsmen in game

Simon, Anderson exchange HBPs in tense game

MILWAUKEE -- Reds center fielder Tyler Holt already had created chaos trying to steal home on the Brewers in the fourth inning of what became a 7-6 victory. But it escalated into a wild sequence of events that culminated with the ejection of Cincinnati starter Alfredo Simon.

The Brewers held a 2-1 lead in the fourth when things got interesting with two outs as Simon batted against Milwaukee starter Chase Anderson. On third base, Holt broke for home before Anderson, while falling off the mound, hit Simon with a pitch on the left leg as he was showing bunt.

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Read his blog, Mark My Word, follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Garza, Knebel ready for Minors games

Two pitchers among several injured Brewers who could return in early June

Garza, Knebel ready for Minors games

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers moved two steps closer to some difficult decisions on Saturday, as rehabbing pitchers Matt Garza and Corey Knebel faced hitters for the first time and pronounced themselves ready for Minor League rehabilitation assignments.

Both assignments are scheduled to begin Tuesday. Garza said he expects to start for Class A Wisconsin at Peoria, Ill., beginning a path he hopes leads back to the Brewers' rotation during a June 13-15 series in San Francisco. Knebel, meanwhile, said he would pitch an inning for Class A Advanced Brevard County on Tuesday, and he hopes to be back in the Brewers' bullpen by June 7.

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Comeback Crew: Hill's 2 homers lead rout

Comeback Crew: Hill's 2 homers lead rout

MILWAUKEE -- Jonathan Lucroy and Aaron Hill combined for three home runs and five RBIs to prolong the Reds' recent misery, powering the Brewers' come-from-behind, 9-5 win on Friday at Miller Park.

Cincinnati's losing streak grew to 11 games despite Adam Duvall's first-inning, three-run home run off Brewers starter Zach Davies, who won at home for the first time thanks to his team's biggest offensive outburst in more than two weeks. Six different Brewers tallied multiple hits -- including Lucroy, who had all three of his RBIs by the end of the Brewers' go-ahead, four-run fourth inning, and Hill, who homered leading off consecutive innings in the fourth and the fifth. Five of Hill's six home runs this season have come at the Reds' expense.

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Read his blog, Mark My Word, follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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Home sweet home: Lucroy rediscovers stroke

After rough road trip, Brewers' catcher drives in three, including seventh homer

Home sweet home: Lucroy rediscovers stroke

MILWAUKEE -- After a rough road trip at the plate, Miller Park was a welcome sight for Jonathan Lucroy.

Following a 2-for-22 performance on the team's recent road trip, the Brewers' catcher went 2-for-4 and drove in three runs with a homer, double and sacrifice fly in Milwaukee's 9-5 win over the Reds on Friday.

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Curt Hogg is a reporter for MLB.com based in Milwaukee.. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Counsell defends Villar's aggressiveness

With baserunning under microscope, Brewers shortstop enjoys success after reaching 4 times Friday

Counsell defends Villar's aggressiveness

MILWAUKEE -- If one criticizes Jonathan Villar's bad outcomes on the bases, Brewers manager Craig Counsell was arguing once again Friday afternoon, one must equally praise the good ones. A few hours later, Villar delivered a few more doses of good.

Villar reached safely four times, matched his season high with three hits, scored a pair of runs and drove in two more in Milwaukee's 9-5 win over the Reds at Miller Park. He extended his on-base streak to 12 consecutive home games, and, yes, he nearly made another notable out at third base.

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Smith moves rehab to Double-A before return

Brewers expecting reliever back in bigs by series in Philadelphia, beginning Thursday

Smith moves rehab to Double-A before return

MILWAUKEE -- On the heels of a dominant Class A outing, rehabbing Brewers reliever Will Smith was Double-A Biloxi-bound on Friday. It is the final scheduled stop before the left-hander rejoins Milwaukee's stout bullpen.

The Brewers want Smith to test his right knee in back-to-back outings before he rejoins the big league team. Tentatively, he will pitch against Mobile on Sunday, then throw a simulated game on Monday, an off-day for Biloxi.

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rain dance: Brewers finish sweep of Braves

Rain dance: Brewers finish sweep of Braves

ATLANTA -- Ryan Braun and Jonathan Villar homered as the Brewers added to the Braves' home woes and completed their first three-game series sweep of the season with Thursday night's 6-2 win at Turner Field.

Brewers starting pitcher Wily Peralta surrendered two runs over 5 2/3 innings and improved his meager career batting average with a game-tying, two-run single in the fourth off Matt Wisler, who also surrendered Braun's go-ahead home run in the fifth inning. Milwaukee won three consecutive games only one previous time this year.

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Jon Cooper is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Brewers on Thursday.

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Villar caps impressive series with home run

Brewers shortstop goes 5-for-12 in three games in Atlanta

Villar caps impressive series with home run

ATLANTA -- Jonathan Villar was the first person Atlanta Braves pitchers saw in every game of the recent three-game series.

He turned out to be the last guy they wanted to see and the one who always seemed to come through in every big spot during the Brewers' first-ever sweep at Turner Field.

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Capuano placed on DL with elbow inflammation

Right-hander Goforth recalled from Triple-A

Capuano placed on DL with elbow inflammation

ATLANTA -- There isn't much that veteran Chris Capuano hasn't experienced when it comes to his left elbow.

Thus he knew the best way to handle the soreness and stiffness he felt in it after his one inning Wednesday night against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field was to stop throwing for a bit.

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Jon Cooper is a contributor to MLB.com based in Atlanta. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Villar's clutch RBI single in 13th sinks Braves

Villar's clutch RBI single in 13th sinks Braves

ATLANTA -- After facing the Braves' entire bullpen and the guy who had been scheduled to start on Saturday, the Brewers claimed a 3-2 victory courtesy of Jonathan Villar's go-ahead single in the 13th inning on Wednesday night at Turner Field.

Casey Kelly had been scheduled to start Saturday, but he ended up throwing the final four innings for the Braves, who have lost 19 of their first 21 home games. After the Brewers loaded the bases before the first out was recorded in the 13th inning, Villar delivered his game-winning single to left that scored Aaron Hill off Kelly, who had thrown 81 pitches over five innings on Sunday in Philadelphia.

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Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001.

Jon Cooper is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Brewers on Wednesday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Brewers' win in extras took shape in key 8th

Nieuwenhuis' tying groundout helped set stage for eventual rally in 13th

Brewers' win in extras took shape in key 8th

ATLANTA -- There's no sport that's more stat-driven than baseball and that can lead to all kinds of number craziness.

The Brewers' 3-2 win in 13 innings over the Braves on Wednesday night at Turner Field certainly fit the crazy quotient. The eighth inning alone will suffice to explain.

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Jon Cooper is a contributor to MLB.com based in Atlanta. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Defense key as Brewers edge Braves

Several impressive plays help Milwaukee turn 2 runs into win

Defense key as Brewers edge Braves

ATLANTA -- A two-run offensive night is usually not a good thing for the Brewers.

Heading into Tuesday night's 2-1 win vs. the Braves at Turner Field, they were 1-14 in games in which they scored two runs or fewer, with two of those games coming in the previous series against the Mets.

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Crew Scoots way to win in pitchers' duel

Crew Scoots way to win in pitchers' duel

ATLANTA -- After dealing with Julio Teheran's impressive effort at Turner Field on Tuesday night, the Brewers claimed a 2-1 win that came courtesy of a two-out, eighth-inning single that Scooter Gennett recorded off Braves setup man Bud Norris.

Norris erased the first of his two eighth-inning walks with a pickoff, but he paid for the one he issued to Jonathan Villar, who stole second base and scored on Gennett's single when right fielder Nick Markakis' throw sailed wide of the plate. The Brewers snapped a three-game losing streak, and the Braves fell to 2-18 at home this season.

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Jon Cooper is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Brewers on Tuesday.

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Crew's blueprint unfolding with Timber Rattlers

Crew's blueprint unfolding with Timber Rattlers

APPLETON, Wis. -- In the Milwaukee Brewers' media guide, the rebuilding process is written out. Down on the farm, it's lived out.

Throughout the organization, as evident with the Brewers' Class A affiliate, the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, the club has been open in accepting the gradual rebuilding mode that general manager David Stearns officially enacted during the offseason.

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Curt Hogg is a reporter for MLB.com based in Milwaukee. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Braun's back tested right away in return to lineup

Brewers LF feels fine, but lets pivotal blooper get by him in Mets' 2-run 4th

Braun's back tested right away in return to lineup

NEW YORK -- Ryan Braun's troublesome back, which had held him out of the Brewers' lineup for six of the previous seven games, was tested early on Sunday.

In the second inning, Mets first baseman Eric Campbell turned on a 91-mph four-seam fastball from Milwaukee starter Chase Anderson and lined it into left field, but Braun was there to flag it down.

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Troy Provost-Heron is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Sheets, Ash to represent Brewers at Draft

Sheets, Ash to represent Brewers at Draft

Twenty-three former All-Stars. The winningest pitcher in postseason history. Three pitchers who tossed perfect games. A Most Valuable Player, a Rookie of the Year, a Hall of Fame manager and a Hall of Fame broadcaster.

They will be among team representatives on the floor at MLB Network's Studio 42 when the 2016 MLB Draft gets underway on June 9.

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Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com. Read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com community blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hader on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

Hader on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any player currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible, including big leaguers.

The latest edition of MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week, for the week of May 16-22, is highlighted by a trio of 20-year-old prospects in Willy Adames, Cody Bellinger and Jamie Westbrook, all of whom have excelled this season against older competition in their first tastes of the Double-A level.

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Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Brewers unable to solve Mets in New York finale

Brewers unable to solve Mets in New York finale

NEW YORK -- Needing a win to enter this coming week's showdown in Washington with some momentum, the Mets on Sunday let their recently minted ace carry them to one.

Quite clearly New York's best pitcher at this juncture of the season, Noah Syndergaard struck out 11 batters en route to a 3-1 win over the Brewers at Citi Field. Allowing nothing more than an unearned run in seven innings, Syndergaard walked nobody and allowed six hits, dominating Milwaukee to win his third straight start. He owns a 0.82 ERA, 27 strikeouts and one walk over that stretch.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

Troy Provost-Heron is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Brewers on Sunday.

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Hader among Sunday's top prospect performers

Righty K's eight over four scoreless frames for Cardinals' Triple-A club

Hader among Sunday's top prospect performers

Alex Reyes did not disappoint in his highly anticipated season and Triple-A debut on Sunday, as the No. 11 overall prospect allowed just two hits (both singles) in four scoreless innings to pace Memphis in an 8-1 win over Fresno. He recorded eight strikeouts -- matching the season-high for a Redbirds starting pitcher -- against three walks, with 48 of his 85 pitches going for strikes.

The Cardinals' No. 1 prospect fanned a two Memphis hitters in the first inning and then struck out the side in the following frame, while pitching around a pair of walks. He punched out three more hitters across his final two innings, including back-to-back called third strikes to end the third after he had allowed the first two batters to reach base.

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Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Flores hits first MLB homer while pacing offense

Brewers outfielder drives in three runs before striking out in pivotal spot in 8th

Flores hits first MLB homer while pacing offense

NEW YORK -- Ramon Flores entered play Saturday with a .190 batting average on the season, including a .170 mark against right-handed pitching.

Batting in the No. 8 hole, the outfielder proved to be a pivotal part of the Brewers' offense as he drove in a career-high three runs in Milwaukee's 5-4 loss to the Mets at Citi Field on Saturday.

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Troy Provost-Heron is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Brewers drop tough one to Mets in walk-off fashion

Brewers drop tough one to Mets in walk-off fashion

NEW YORK -- David Wright's season has so far been a cocktail of frustration and exasperation, his baseball worth inextricably linked to the health of his back. He has been the subject of boos and howls, talk-radio callers taking pocket knives to his reputation.

But Wright is still the captain, one of the most well-respected Mets ever to step foot on Flushing soil. So the entire Mets team was elated when Wright's difficult season swung dramatically upward Saturday, his walk-off RBI single leading them to a 5-4 win over the Brewers at Citi Field. It was Wright's franchise-record ninth career walk-off RBI, giving the Mets their first walk-off victory since Wilmer Flores' game-winning homer last July 31.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

Troy Provost-Heron is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Brewers on Saturday.

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Peralta takes a step forward in start vs. Mets

Despite the loss, Brewers righty lowers ERA, WHIP in 5 2/3-inning outing

Peralta takes a step forward in start vs. Mets

NEW YORK -- On Tuesday, Wily Peralta sat in Brewers manager Craig Counsell's office and the two discussed what was the best course of action regarding Milwaukee's Opening Day starter.

At the time, Peralta had the worst WHIP (1.99) and the second-worst ERA (7.30) among qualifying Major League starters, and Counsell could have opted to skip the right-hander's spot in the rotation.

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Troy Provost-Heron is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Crew can't make Carter's first-inning HR stand up

Crew can't make Carter's first-inning HR stand up

NEW YORK -- Needing a victory to shove memories of Matt Harvey and this week's Nationals series firmly into the past, the Mets turned Friday to two of their budding stars. Steven Matz pitched seven sharp innings to win his sixth consecutive start, and Michael Conforto delivered the decisive two-run homer in a 3-2 triumph over the Brewers at Citi Field.

Making his first start since skipping an outing due to left elbow soreness, Matz fell into an early hole when Chris Carter hit a two-run homer off him in the first. But the left-hander retired 15 in a row after that, cruising through seven innings with eight strikeouts and no walks.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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Ailing shoulder lands Crew's Santana on DL

Milwaukee recalls outfielder Broxton from Triple-A Colorado Springs

Ailing shoulder lands Crew's Santana on DL

NEW YORK -- The Brewers placed right fielder Domingo Santana on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder soreness on Friday before their series opener against the Mets at Citi Field.

"It was just a case of him not making any progress with his shoulder," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. "With two weeks off, hopefully that will get rid of it."

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Troy Provost-Heron is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.