CINCINNATI – Jay Bruce homered off Burke Badenhop with one out in the 10th inning on Friday night, rallying the Cincinnati Reds to a 4-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers in a game full of errors and wasted chances.
It was Cincinnati’s second straight extra-inning game. The Reds fell 6-5 in 14 innings at Wrigley Field on Thursday, leaving their bullpen depleted.
Bruce connected on a 1-2 pitch from Badenhop (0-3) for his fifth game-ending homer, leaving the Reds 4-7 in extra innings this season.
Alfredo Simon (5-2) retired the side in the 10th.
The teams combined for five errors – including a season-high three by Cincinnati. Bronson Arroyo hit Martin Maldonado with the bases loaded to force in a run, and Maldonado homered off him to tie it 3-all in the eighth.
The Reds have won 11 of their last 13 against the Brewers at Great American Ball Park, a hitters’ haven that hasn’t suited Milwaukee. The Brewers stranded eight runners in scoring position on Friday, leaving the bases loaded twice.
The Brewers have gone 7-6 in June following a 6-22 May that left them at the bottom of the NL Central along with the Cubs.
Scooter Gennett, who was born and grew up in the Cincinnati area, had three hits off Arroyo, including his first career homer. Logan Schafer also had three hits off Arroyo, who pitched 7 2-3 innings.
Cincinnati needed a strong start from Arroyo after depleting its bullpen in the 14-inning loss at Wrigley Field on Thursday.
The Brewers were without left fielder Ryan Braun, who missed his fourth game with a sore right hand. He tried to take batting practice before the game. Manager Ron Roenicke said putting Braun on the 15-day disabled list would be the next option.
The Reds scored three times off Kyle Lohse, with two of the runs set up by errors. Shin-Shoo Choo led off the first with a double, advanced and scored from third on Brandon Phillips’ high-hop single over shortstop Jean Segura with the infield drawn in.
Zack Cozart and Ryan Hanigan singled in the second, with Hanigan’s hit breaking an 0-for-17 slump. Choo hit a grounder that Gennett charged at second base but couldn’t handle, letting the ball skip off his glove for an error that let Cozart score.
Todd Frazier singled, stole second, advanced on an error by first baseman Yuniesky Betancourt and scored on Jack Hannahan’s sacrifice fly for a 3-2 lead in the sixth.
It was the second straight solid start by Lohse, who has pulled out of a stretch of five losses in seven starts. The Brewers signed Lohse to a three-year, $33 million deal after he went 16-3 for St. Louis last season.
NOTES: The Brewers hadn’t committed an error in their last nine games, a season high. ... Segura extended his hitting streak to 10 games. ... Reds reliever Jonathan Broxton had an ultrasound on his sore right elbow that found some swelling. He’s day-to-day. ... The Reds topped 1 million fans on their 34th home date, their fastest to the mark in the ballpark’s 11 seasons. ... RH Homer Bailey (4-4) starts for the Reds on Saturday against RH Yovani Gallardo (5-6).