CINCINNATI -- The Brewers cooled off the Reds' hot start by taking three of four games in their series. Sunday's 4-2 victory over Cincinnati in the finale was powered by three home runs, including another long ball by Eric Thames.
"I can't remember a time in my career where a guy hit five home runs in a single series," Milwaukee outfielder Ryan Braun said. "We're seeing a really, really impressive hitter starting to emerge."
Milwaukee spoiled the big league debut of Reds starter Sal Romano and took a 3-0 lead in the top of the third inning with back-to-back homers with one out. First, Braun hit a two-run shot to right field before Travis Shaw hit a booming shot near the top of the right field sun deck.
Romano was finished after three innings. He allowed three runs (two earned), three hits, four walks, and had two strikeouts and a hit batter. He threw 82 pitches in that short span, only 39 for strikes. Brewers starter Wily Peralta delivered a quality start with two earned runs and three hits allowed over six innings. Peralta walked three and struck out one.
Cincinnati got back into the game after Adam Duvall's two-out walk against Peralta in the fourth inning. Eugenio Suarez followed by hitting a first-pitch hanging slider for a two-run homer. Thames provided some space when he led off the seventh with a homer to right field against Tim Adleman.
The Brewers' bullpen provided three scoreless innings, including a perfect ninth from Neftali Feliz for his fourth save. After a 7-2 start, the Reds head into Monday's off day with an 8-5 record. The Brewers are back over .500 at 7-6.
"We're 8-5 and we haven't pitched well," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "From the starting perspective, we have guys here that I believe that can pitch well and can do a good job. We're not going to endure six innings a night out of the bullpen."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Reds won't miss Thames: Thames left town after having slugged five homers in the four-game series against the Reds, something that's been done only one other time at Great American Ball Park. Aaron Boone did it for Cincinnati from May 5-8, 2003, vs. the Cardinals. According to Statcast™, Thames' latest drive carried 423 feet with an exit velocity of 103 mph and a launch angle of 29 degrees. "That guy ... I heard he had a cult following in Korea, I'd imagine very shortly he'll have a cult following in Milwaukee as well," Price said. "That was very, very impressive."
Hamilton robbed Franklin: With two outs in the top of the sixth and a runner on first base, Nick Franklin hit a long drive to center field. Speedy Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton made a long run and stretched his glove for a great over-the-shoulder catch as he fell to the warning track -- saving extra bases and a run. According to Statcast™, it was a four-star catch as the catch probability on the play was 32 percent.
"That's one of the ones where you come in you're like, 'I don't know what just happened.' It found a way into my glove," Hamilton said. "You just have to smile about it and keep on going. That was a fun one." More >
"He's been on fire, man."-- Peralta on Thames
With Tucker Barnhart on first base in the bottom of the fifth inning, Adleman tried to sacrifice bunt. Catcher Manny Pina quickly gathered the ball and fired to Orlando Arcia covering second base. Barnhart came in without sliding and was called out before Adleman beat the throw to first base. The Reds challenged the call at second base, believing Arcia pulled his foot off of the bag. Upon review, the replay official determined that the call stands because it could not be definitively determined that the fielder's foot was off the base when the ball contacted the interior of his glove.
WHAT'S NEXT Brewers: Milwaukee opens a three-game series against the Cubs on Monday night at 7:10 p.m. CT at Wrigley Field. Chase Anderson (1-0, 0.69) will start for Milwaukee against John Lackey (1-1, 3.00). The teams concluded a three-game series just eight days ago, Chicago winning twice.
Reds: Play resumes Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. ET against the Orioles with Bronson Arroyo making his third start. Arroyo's comeback campaign is off to a rocky start with a 9.90 ERA and 0-2 record but he threw 80 pitches over six innings in his last start, a 5-1 loss to the Brewers.