Barrero’s first 2 HRs key Reds over Brewers, 7-5
Published 12:17 am Sunday, August 7, 2022
MILWAUKEE (AP) — José Barrero hit his first two major league home runs and the Cincinnati Reds beat Milwaukee 7-5 on Saturday night, dropping the Brewers into second place in the NL Central.
Joey Votto and Donovan Solano each had a solo homer for the Reds, who hadn’t scored more than three runs since an 8-2 win July 30 over Baltimore.
Milwaukee fell a game behind the St. Louis Cardinals, who blanked the New York Yankees 1-0 for their sixth consecutive victory.
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With the Reds leading 2-0 in the fourth inning, Barrero launched a two-run homer into the Brewers’ bullpen off starter Aaron Ashby (2-10).
The third-year shortstop added a solo shot into the Milwaukee bullpen in the sixth off reliever Hoby Milner, extending Cincinnati’s lead to 5-3.
The homers came in the 125th and 126th at-bats of Barrero’s career. They were the first two hits this season for Barrero, who was recalled from Triple-A Louisville on Wednesday.
Milwaukee scored twice off reliever Hunter Strickland in the ninth to make it 7-5, but squandered two good chances when the game was closer.
Trailing 4-3 in the fifth, the Brewers loaded the bases with one out against rookie starter Nick Lodolo. The left-hander struck out Mike Brosseau before righty Buck Farmer (1-1) retired Hunter Renfroe to end the inning.
Down 5-3 in the sixth, Milwaukee had two runners on with two outs when right fielder Aristides Aquino threw out Victor Caratini at the plate on Christian Yelich’s single.
Andrew McCutchen hit a solo homer and Keston Hiura had a two-run shot for Milwaukee in the fourth.
McCutchen also had a sacrifice fly in the ninth.
Reds: Rookie RHP Hunter Greene (right shoulder strain) had an MRI but won’t need surgery, manager David Bell said.
Brewers: RHP Adrian Houser (right flexor strain), on the 15-day injured list since July 1, began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Nashville.
Reds rookie RHP Graham Ashcraft (5-2, 4.12 ERA) faces Brewers RHP Corbin Burnes (8-5, 2.49) on Sunday to complete the three-game series. Ashcraft did not permit an earned run over 8 1/3 innings in his last start, a win at Miami. Burnes, an All-Star and the reigning NL Cy Young Award winner, gave up four runs and walked five over 5 1/3 innings in his last start, a loss at Pittsburgh.
|India 2b||4||0||1||1||Yelich dh||4||1||3||0|
|Senzel cf||5||0||0||0||Adames ss||5||0||1||1|
|K.Farmer 3b||3||0||0||0||McCutchen lf||2||1||1||2|
|Votto 1b||3||1||1||1||Brosseau 3b||5||0||0||0|
|Solano dh||4||1||2||1||Renfroe rf||2||1||0||0|
|Aquino rf||4||1||1||0||Hiura 1b||2||1||1||2|
|Almora Jr. lf||3||2||1||1||Tellez ph-1b||2||0||1||0|
|Barrero ss||4||2||2||3||Urías 2b||4||0||0||0|
|Romine c||4||0||0||0||Caratini c||4||0||1||0|
E–Brosseau (6). DP–Cincinnati 0, Milwaukee 2. LOB–Cincinnati 8, Milwaukee 8. 2B–Almora Jr. (9), India (11), Caratini (6), Yelich (18). HR–Barrero 2 (2), Votto (11), Solano (3), McCutchen (11), Hiura (9). SB–K.Farmer (4). SF–McCutchen (4).
B.Farmer pitched to 4 batters in the 6th.
HBP–Ashby (K.Farmer), Lodolo (Yelich).
Umpires–Home, Angel Hernandez; First, James Hoye; Second, Jim Wolf; Third, D.J. Reyburn.
T–3:30. A–35,784 (41,900).