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.
"It takes a weight off your back, it's fun when you can do that. Hopefully we can keep things rolling," Duvall said of the streak ending.
Duvall has seven RBIs in the first two games of the series, including four on Saturday. His three-run homer was Duvall's second in two days, this time against reliable Brewers reliever Michael Blazek, who was charged with five runs on five hits while recording only two outs. It remained a 6-6 tie into the ninth, when the Reds pushed ahead against Brewers closer Jeremy Jeffress.
The inning began with Jeffress hitting Zack Cozart with a pitch, the sixth hit batsman in the game to match the modern National League record. Four batters later the Reds had the bases loaded with one out for Duvall, who grounded into what appeared an inning-ending double play. Crew chief Jim Joyce, however, ordered a replay review, which revealed Brewers second baseman Scooter Gennett didn't have a foot on the bag while making the turn. The teams returned to the field, with Duvall credited with an RBI groundout.
"I've practiced and done it that way for probably 50,000 times," Gennett said. "I've just got to remind myself that, especially on the routine ones like that, to make sure that I take the time to stay on the base."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Tensions flare: Things got chippy beginning in the top of the fourth, when Tyler Holt put the Reds on the scoreboard with a hustle RBI double on a broken-bat soft liner to short right field. Holt was at third base with two outs and Simon at the plate when he suddenly broke for home. Anderson tumbled off the mound while throwing a pitch far inside that hit Simon, who threw down his bat in frustration before walking to first base while Holt was sent back to third. Anderson then retired Cozart to strand both runners.
"Nothing was on purpose. believe me," Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy said. "Hitting a guy there puts the runner back on third; that would be the most heads-up baseball play I've ever seen in my life. … He just panicked and overthrew. Every pitcher has done it."
Payback pitch? Anderson's next time at bat came leading off the fifth, when Simon fired consecutive pitches inside, the second of which drilled Anderson. Home-plate umpire James Hoye immediately ejected Simon to the ire of Reds manager Bryan Price, who had an extended and animated discussion with Joyce while A.J. Morris warmed up. More >
Lucroy locked in: After hitting a home run and driving in three runs in Friday's series opener, Lucroy continued swinging a hot bat on Saturday afternoon. He followed Gennett's first-inning triple with a single that made it 1-0, and later made the Reds pay for plunking Anderson by smacking a two-out, two-run home run in the tense fifth. Lucroy has eight home runs in 21 May starts after hitting none in 21 April starts.
"Maybe I have a magnet in my bat finally," Lucroy said. "I've got some pitches to hit. I'm just trying to put better swings on it. That's pretty much it. There's no secret. I wish there was."
Duvall does it again: Blazek could not close out the top of the seventh as he gave up three straight two-out singles, including an RBI hit by Jay Bruce that made it a 6-3 game. Following Bruce, Duvall lifted a 3-2 slider from Blazek into the left-field seats for his team-high 11th homer, a three-run shot that tied the game. It was Duvall's fourth homer in his last six games, and it also gave him three-run homers on back-to-back days.
"He must have thrown me probably six sliders, he threw me one fastball and it was up, way up," Duvall said. "The ones that he threw me early were pretty good, but I kind of saw it and I was kind of prepared for it." More >
"The record doesn't show how much effort and hard work we put in and how we pick each other up. With that being said, it's day to day, and we know we have to get better as a team and some things will happen for the good." -- Holt, about finally getting some relief after a long losing streak
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Lucroy entered the series with zero RBIs in 17 plate appearances with a runner at third base and less than two outs. But he's had two productive plate appearances in that situation during this series -- a sacrifice fly in the first inning on Friday, and an RBI single with one out and Gennett at third base in the first on Saturday.
Before being lifted in a double switch in the seventh inning, Reds third baseman Eugenio Suarez went 0-for-3 and was hit by a pitch to leave him 0-for-his-last 27. It's the longest hitless streak for a Cincinnati player since Todd Frazier went 0-for-31 from July 26-Aug. 7, 2013.
There were six hit batters in the game (four Reds, two Brewers), tying the modern National League record. It's been accomplished nine times, and most recently in a game between the Reds and Pirates earlier this month on May 11.
UPON FURTHER REVIEW
The Reds challenged two different calls in the top of the first inning. On a groundball to shortstop, leadoff batter Jonathan Villar was ruled safe when it appeared that he beat out Cozart's throw to first base. Upon review, that call was overturned and Villar was ruled out.
Two batters later, on a Chris Carter groundball to third, first-base umpire Chad Fairchild ruled that first baseman Joey Votto's foot came off the bag as he scooped Suarez's throw in the dirt and that Carter was safe. The call stood upon review, as Cincinnati lost the challenge.
WHAT'S NEXT Reds: Coming off his complete-game loss on Monday after dueling with Clayton Kershaw in Los Angeles, Brandon Finnegan returns to the mound Sunday when the series concludes at Milwaukee at 2:10 p.m. ET. The 1-0 loss vs. the Dodgers where he gave up five hits was the first complete game of Finnegan's brief career.
Brewers: Brewers manager Craig Counsell said he expects Ryan Braun back in the lineup for the teams' 1:10 p.m. CT series finale after Braun was off Saturday. The Brewers will have their best pitcher on the mound in Jimmy Nelson, who has held opposing hitters to a .219 average while crafting a 2.92 ERA in 10 starts.