The Milwaukee Brewers scored four runs in the ninth, but the Reds were able to hold off the late inning rally to win 9-6 on Monday at Great American Ballpark.
Jason Marquis (2-1) was stellar as he tossed eight innings of two run baseball and scattered seven hits for his longest outing of the season. Jimmy Nelson was far from his one run eight inning outing last week against the Reds (9-10) as he failed to make it out of the third inning.
The scoring started in the second inning when Nelson walked Todd Frazier to open the inning and then Jay Bruce homered to quickly make it a 2-0 game. After Marlon Byrd reached on a one-out infield single, the Brewers (4-16) opted to intentionally walk Brayan Pena, but that backfired when Marquis snapped the Reds 0-23 slump with runners in scoring position and he singled home Byrd. Billy Hamilton singled to load the bases and then Zack Cozart drew a walk to bring home Pena and make it 4-0. Joey Votto ended a chance for more runs with a double play.
Milwaukee got a run back in the top of the third when Jean Segura singled home Martin Maldonado. That run had no effect on the Reds who continued to rattle Nelson. He walked Frazier and Bruce to start the inning and then threw a wild pitch with Brandon Phillips at the plate and then again with Byrd hitting to score Frazier. Byrd singled home Bruce to put the Reds ahead 6-1. A single by Pena moved Byrd to third and then new pitcher Rob Wooten threw the third wild pitch of the inning to bring home Byrd. A wild pitch doomed the Brewers last time Nelson took the mound against the Reds as Hamilton scored the winning run in ninth on a wild toss by Francisco Rodriguez.
Wooten and Marquis kept the two squads off the board until the sixth inning when Adam Lind singled home Gerardo Parra. Wooten’s day was done when Cozart tripled and then Frazier walked again with one out. Neal Cotts, along with Elian Herra in left, and Hector Gomez at second, entered the game. Bruce scored Cozart on a sacrifice fly and then Phillips doubled home Frazier. With that double every Red in the starting lineup, with the exception of Votto, had at least one hit or scored a run. Frazier was officially 0-1, but drew three walks and scored each time.
Cotts and Marquis carried the torch through the ninth inning when Will Smith held the Reds scoreless to set up a Brewers rally. Burke Badenhop came on in relief of Marquis with a seven run lead, but his early season woes continued on Monday. It started with a lead-off walk and then back-to-back singles loaded the bases for Milwaukee. Badenhop struck out Herrera, but Maldonado knocked in Lind to end the day for the Reds reliever.
Aroldis Chapman came on to try and shut things down, but hit the first batter he faced to score another run. Segura drove in his third run of the game with a two-run single and all of the sudden it was 9-6. Chapman settled in and struck out two pinch-hitters, including Ryan Braun to end the game and snap Cincinnati’s three game skid.
The Reds will get a chance to put together back-to-back wins with ace Johnny Cueto (1-2, 1.86 ERA) on the mound against Kyle Lohse (1-3, 7.94 ERA) who has struggled to start the season. Cincinnati crept closer to first as the Cardinals (12-6) were shut down by Cole Hamels and the Phillies, but the Cubs (11-7) picked up their third straight win after shutting out Pittsburgh (11-9) to snap its five game winning streak. First pitch Tuesday is set for 7:10 p.m.