CINCINNATI (AP) — Hiram Burgos stuck on the mound for three awful innings while the Cincinnati Reds tagged him. All those hits stung Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke, too.
“I don’t ever want to do that to somebody again,” Roenicke said after the Reds battered the Brewers’ rookie in a 13-7 rout Saturday.
“We’re hurting in the bullpen. It is one thing when it is a veteran pitcher but you really hate it when it happens to a young pitcher,” Roenicke said.
Jay Bruce homered to begin a five-run burst in the second inning, then doubled twice during a seven-run spree in the third.
Burgos (1-1) allowed all 12 runs on 11 hits and three walks.
The 25-year-old righty was recalled from Triple-A Nashville on April 19. He was inserted into the pitching rotation to give struggling Marco Estrada an extra day to throw a bullpen session.
Roenicke felt he had no choice but to leave him on the mound to endure the Reds’ barrage.
The Brewers were down to a four-man bullpen. Yovani Gallardo lasted just four innings on Friday and Tom Gorzelanny was unable to get loose on Friday and was placed on the 15-day disabled list after the game. Mike Fiers was recalled from Class A Brevard County.
“Actually, I didn’t know that about the bullpen at the time,” said Burgos, who had it explained to him afterward. “We tried to save our bullpen. It was the worst outing of my career. The good thing about baseball is you have another game tomorrow.”
Six different Reds players drove in two runs each, including starting pitcher Mat Latos (4-0). The defending NL Central champions moved five games over .500 for the first time this season.
The bottom five hitters in Cincinnati’s lineup were a combined 8 for 9 in the first three innings alone, scoring 10 runs and driving in six.
After Bruce opened the Reds’ second with a 437-foot homer for his second shot in three games, Braun allowed what looked like an easy fly ball by Xavier Paul to drop behind him for a two-base error. Braun later overthrew the cutoff man on Zack Cozart’s sacrifice fly, allowing runners to advance and setting up Joey Votto’s RBI groundout.
“It got out of hand,” Roenicke said. “The fly ball to Brauny and a couple of groundballs that found holes extended the inning. Those things happen when things aren’t going well.”
A promotion featuring Aroldis Chapman bobbleheads drew a crowd of 41,678. The Reds never needed their closer after romping early.
Bruce led off a five-run second that was helped by a pair of fielding mistakes by left fielder Ryan Braun. Bruce opened the seven-run third with a double and capped it with an RBI double that made it 12-4.
Bruce became the first Reds player with two hits in one inning since Drew Stubbs on April 25, 2011, at Milwaukee and the first Reds player with two doubles in one inning since Sean Casey on Aug. 7, 1998, also against Milwaukee.
Latos won his fourth straight start. He allowed a total of 14 runs in his previous seven starts, but gave up seven in this win, including solo homers by Jean Segura and Norichika Aoki.
Latos gave up a homer to Segura with one out in the first and Aramis Ramirez hit an RBI double off the wall later in the inning.
Milwaukee got two runs back in the third on Braun’s RBI double and Ramirez’s run-scoring single, but the Reds pulled away in the bottom half.
Cincinnati’s spree included Latos’ RBI groundball single up the middle through a drawn-in infield.
Aoki added his fourth homer of the season in the sixth.
NOTES: The win clinched the three-game series for the Reds, giving them six wins in seven home series this season. … Aoki’s strikeout leading off the game snapped at 37 his streak of consecutive plate appearances without fanning. … RHP Bronson Arroyo (2-4) starts Sunday’s series finale for the Reds against RHP Wily Peralta (3-2).