Stubbs' 10th-inning HR lifts Reds over Brewers
MILWAUKEE Drew Stubbs hit a leadoff homer in the 10th inning and Joey Votto drove in four runs to lead the Cincinnati Reds to a 7-6 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday.
Stubbs hit a sinker from Sergio Mitre (0-1) over the center-field wall to put the Reds ahead for good. Cincinnati previously squandered leads of 4-0 and 6-4.
Cincinnati got a season-high 15 hits, a day after managing just two in a 3-2 loss to the Brewers.
Aroldis Chapman (2-0) got out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth using 101 mph fastballs and pitched around a two-out single in the ninth. Francisco Cordero pitched a perfect 10th for his fourth save in as many chances.
Milwaukee's middle of the order — Ryan Braun, Prince Fielder and Casey McGehee — finished a combined 0 for 12. Braun and McGehee both had 11-game hitting streaks end.
The Reds improved to 5-1 this season against Milwaukee and will have an off-day on Thursday before starting a six-game homestand. After hitting .184 over a seven-game stretch coming into Milwaukee, the Reds managed 29 hits.
The Brewers squandered an opportunity in the eighth.
Jonathan Lucroy walked with one out and pinch-hitter Craig Counsell followed with a single off Logan Ondrusek. Chapman entered and hit Rickie Weeks with a 98 mph fastball to load the bases, but struck out Carlos Gomez and forced Braun to weakly ground out on a 101 mph offering.
Yovani Gallardo's struggles have continued since a strong start to the season.
After throwing a two-hitter in a 1-0 win over Atlanta on April 5, Gallardo has given up at least four runs in his last four starts as his ERA has ballooned from 1.20 to 5.69.
He gave up three straight hits to start the game and Votto hit a 3-1 fastball over the Brewers' bullpen in left-center field to make it 3-0. Paul Janish's sacrifice fly made it 4-0.
Gomez's two-run single in the third, Lucroy's fielder's choice in the fourth and a throwing error by Janish, the shortstop, allowed a run tied it.
In the sixth, both teams scored twice.
Votto and Brandon Phillips hit back-to-back run scoring singles. Pinch-hitter Mark Kotsay singled in one run and Weeks hit a sacrifice fly that tied it again.
Braun set a franchise record for reaching base safely in consecutive games to start a season at 24 when he was hit by a pitch in the fifth to top Robin Yount's mark that stood 28 years.
Votto's homer pushed his own similar streak to 25 games. The two are the only players in the majors to reach base safely in each of their team's games this season.
NOTES: The Brewers had someone spend the night with INF/OF Erick Almonte (concussion) as a precaution. ... Reds RHP Johnny Cueto (right arm irritation) threw 4 2-3 scoreless innings at Triple-A Louisville in his third rehab start. .. Votto is nine short of the franchise record of 34 straight games reaching base to begin a season set by Dave Collins. ... The Brewers said they've sold more than 2 million tickets already this year. Attendance is expected to be close to 3 million.