Elly de la Cruz goes 0-for-4 in Reds loss to Brewers

The Milwaukee Brewers opened up a two-game lead over Cincinnati in the NL Central, overcoming a two-run deficit to beat the Reds for the fifth time in a six-game skid, a 4-3 victory Sunday. behind rookie Andruw. Monasterio’s tiebreaking single in a two-run eighth inning.

After winning two of three at home the weekend before the All-Star break, the Brewers swept the Reds in three games. Milwaukee has a two-game lead for the first time since before the May 25 game.

“It was a big series,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “We did our job. You go into a road series and sweep it, you had a great series. We have three games left with them, soon. But it’s a great series for us to get off to a great start in the second.” half.”

Christian Yelich hit his 14th home run in the third and cut Milwaukee’s deficit to 3-2 with an RBI single in the fifth.

Jake Fraley hit a two-run home run for Cincinnati, which had been shutout its previous three games.

With the Reds leading 3-2, Willy Adams walked Lucas Sims (3-2) leading off the eighth and pulled up third on Jesse Winker’s single. Owen Miller hit a sacrifice fly, All-Star closer Alexis Diaz relieved and Raimel Tapia flied out.

Monasterio hit an opposite field blooper that fell in front of Fraley in right as pinch runner Tyrone Taylor slid to the plate before a throw went over the first-base line.

Hoby Milner (1-0) allowed one hit in two shutout innings, and Devin Williams needed just nine pitches in a perfect ninth inning for his 23rd save in 25 chances.

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“Hopefully, we start a little bit of a slump for them,” Milner said of the Reds.

Joey Votto ended Cincinnati’s 28-inning scoreless streak with an RBI double in the second. Yelich homered in the third off Ben Lively, who was visited by athletic trainers during the fourth and replaced by Derek Law beginning in the fifth.

“I threw up a little bit,” Lively said. “I was a little dehydrated or something. He hit me very fast. I got cramps. We were just being a little cautious.”

Fraley put the Reds up 3-1 with a two-run home run off Adrian Houser in the third. Houser allowed six hits in 5 2/3 innings.

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