Brewers 7, Reds 6

When Aroldis Chapman made his major league debut three years

ago, Jonathan Lucroy was the first batter he faced. Chapman struck

him out, and it was the same result each of the next four times

they saw each other.

Not on Friday night. This time, Lucroy got him.

The veteran catcher hit a two-run homer off the All-Star closer

in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Milwaukee Brewers a

7-6 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

”It feels good. He has really good stuff, special arm,” Lucroy

said. ”It just feels good to get the win. We kind of had a rough

game throwing the ball. It feels good to get a win

hitting-wise.”

Jean Segura sparked the winning rally when he beat out a leadoff

chopper to shortstop for his third hit. Lucroy then drove a 1-2

pitch to left for his 17th homer, snapping Cincinnati’s five-game

winning streak.

Lucroy clapped his hands as he rounded first base and ditched

his batting helmet before heading into a crowd of teammates

surrounding home plate. It was his first career game-ending

homer.

Chapman (3-5) had converted each of his last six save

opportunities. He fanned Lucroy while closing out Thursday night’s

2-1 victory.

”It’s hard to get his timing down because he throws so hard,”

Lucroy said. ”I was just trying to be on time today and be ready

whenever he threw the ball. You have to be ready. If you are just a

little bit late, you have no chance.”

Chapman did not make himself available to the media after the

game.

”He hung a slider to him and he didn’t miss,” Reds manager

Dusty Baker said.

Todd Frazier had three hits and matched a career high with four

RBIs for Cincinnati, which lost out on an opportunity to leapfrog

St. Louis for second place in the top-heavy NL Central. The Reds

trail division-leading Pittsburgh by 3 1/2 games, and the Cardinals

are three back after a 7-0 loss to the Chicago Cubs.

With two outs and runners on the corners in the seventh, Frazier

dropped a single right in front of left fielder Khris Davis to give

Cincinnati a 6-5 lead. Frazier also singled in a pair of runs in

the first and belted a solo shot in the fourth for his 12th

homer.

”You can’t get them all,” Frazier said. ”Chapman’s still a

really good pitcher. … We’re not worried about it at all.”

Lucroy finished with three hits and three RBIs for Milwaukee,

which had lost three of four. Davis had two hits, including a

two-run double, and John Axford (6-6) pitched a scoreless inning

for the win.

”If you look through the year, Luc comes up with some pretty

amazing at-bats where he’ll keep fouling off and hang in there,

then he’ll hit a line drive somewhere,” Brewers manager Ron

Roenicke said. ”Today, he got the homer. He really does put

together some really nice at-bats.”

The Brewers played without All-Star center fielder Carlos Gomez,

who is day to day with a sprained right knee after making a leaping

catch at the wall during Thursday night’s 2-1 loss to Cincinnati.

He had an MRI on Friday that confirmed the injury, and was using

crutches to move around Milwaukee’s clubhouse before the game.

Milwaukee scored three times in the third to take a 4-2 lead,

but Frazier’s leadoff drive got Cincinnati within one and Chris

Heisey put the Reds in front again when he connected in the fifth.

Heisey’s sixth homer came after Shin-Soo Choo reached on a leadoff

single.

Segura tied it with an RBI single against Alfredo Simon in the

sixth, and then got the Brewers started in the ninth. The speedy

Segura leads the NL with 148 hits.

The battle of the bullpens came after each starter

struggled.

Brewers left-hander Tom Gorzelanny was charged with five runs

and six hits in 4 2-3 innings. He was coming off his best start of

the season, an impressive seven-inning effort in a 10-0 victory at

Seattle last Saturday.

”I was missing spots a little bit,” Gorzelanny said. ”I had

to try to fight myself to try to make good pitches.”

Reds righty Mike Leake wasn’t much better, allowing four runs

and nine hits in five innings. He is winless in his last four

starts.

NOTES: Reds RHP J.J. Hoover got two outs to extend his scoreless

streak to 22 games and 25 1-3 innings. … Roenicke said he talked

to suspended slugger Ryan Braun on Friday. Roenicke said part of

the discussion involved whether Braun would speak publicly in the

aftermath of his 65-game ban by Major League Baseball, but the

manager kept most of the phone conversation to himself. ”He’s in a

good frame of mind,” Roenicke said. … The Brewers recalled Sean

Halton from Triple-A Nashville and optioned RHP Alfredo Figaro to

their top farm club. Halton can play first base and the corner

outfield spots. … Brewers RHP Yovani Gallardo will come off the

disabled list to start Saturday against Cincinnati. Gallardo (8-9,

4.91 ERA), who had been sidelined by a strained left hamstring,

will be opposed by RHP Mat Latos (12-3, 3.04).

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