Crew erupts for 8 runs off 'pen to top Reds

Crew erupts for 8 runs off 'pen to top Reds

CINCINNATI -- For the first time since the end of the 2014 season, the Brewers are above .500. A 10-4 victory over the Reds on Friday -- boosted by Manny Pina's four hits -- gave Milwaukee its fourth straight victory and a 6-5 record.

A four-run sixth inning, followed by a four-run seventh against the Reds bullpen turned a close game into a blowout at Great American Ball Park.

Brewers lefty Tommy Milone pitched five innings with three earned runs, six hits, no walks and three strikeouts for the win. Milone trailed 3-0 after three innings when Zack Cozart hit a two-run home run in the second inning, and Joey Votto hit a booming solo homer off of the batters' eye in center field with two outs in the third inning.

Cozart's two-run home run

Starter Scott Feldman pitched five innings for Cincinnati and allowed two runs and four hits but also five walks while throwing 104 pitches. Pina put the Brewers back into the game in the fourth with a two-out, two-run double to right field that made it a 3-2 game.

"On a night like tonight, the best thing I can take from the time I was in the game, is I at least kept the team in the game," Feldman said. "It was just a battle tonight. I really didn't have good command at all. It's something I've got to iron out before the next one and make sure it's better from here on out."

Blake Wood was charged with three runs in the sixth, including Jonathan Villar's RBI double for the go-ahead run that made it 4-3. But Milwaukee kept banging away as Eric Thames followed with a two-run homer against Wandy Peralta.

Thames' two-run jack

Streak ends: In the decisive sixth inning, the Reds bullpen's scoreless innings streak ended at 20 1/3 innings. With a 3-2 lead, Wood gave up a pair of one-out singles to Pina and Orlando Arcia, followed by a balk to set up the tying run with Pina scoring on pinch-hitter Jesus Aguilar's groundout.

Villar's RBI double to right

Tough, but catchable: The Brewers took the lead in the sixth on Villar's RBI double against Wood. On the liner to right field, Patrick Kivlehan appeared to take an awkward route and saw the ball skip off of the top of his glove as he fell down. But Statcast™ data showed it was a harder play than it initially looked. Kivlehan's catch probability on the play was 46 percent, meaning it was makeable but difficult. Considering he had had 3.5 seconds to go 48 feet, it would have been considered a four-star catch.

"He was running back. He was trying to make the leaping catch up over his head," Reds manager Bryan Price said of the rookie Kivlehan. "You wish that every ball that touches leather gets caught but baseball doesn't work that way. I didn't think that was a play he should have made. It was a tough play, and he wasn't able to make it."

Franklin's three-run triple

Pinch-hitter Nick Franklin lined a hit to left-center field off of Michael Lorenzen in the four-run seventh inning with one out and was ruled safe with a two-run triple as he made a head-first slide just ahead of the throw to third base. The Reds challenged the call but upon replay review, officials determined that the call stands.

Brewers: The series continues at 12:10 p.m. CT Saturday with right-hander Zach Davies (0-2, 10.61) trying to bounce back from two rough starts. Davies did retire 12 of the last 13 batters he faced in Sunday's 7-4 loss to the Cubs.

Reds: As the series continues at 1:10 p.m. ET Saturday, pregame ceremonies will observe Jackie Robinson Day. Once the game begins, Brandon Finnegan will try to rebound from a poor last start that lasted two-plus innings and 69 pitches and twice loaded the bases before the bullpen had his back in a 7-1 win over the Pirates Monday.

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

Andy Call is a contributor to and covered the Brewers on Friday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.