MILWAUKEE (AP) — Aaron Hill hit two solo homers, Jonathan Lucroy added a solo shot and drove in three runs, and the Milwaukee Brewers outslugged Cincinnati for a 9-5 victory Friday night, handing the Reds their 11th straight loss.
The Brewers chipped away at an early three-run deficit before surging ahead with a four-run fourth. Hill homered to left off John Lamb (0-3) to lead off the inning, and Lucroy capped the scoring with an RBI ground-rule double.
Hill’s second homer came in the fifth off reliever Dayan Diaz for a three-run lead. Five of Hill’s six homers this season have come against the Reds, including a three-homer game on May 7 in Cincinnati.
After sweeping last-place Atlanta, the Brewers won their fourth straight game by beating the NL Central’s worst team.
Hill and Jonathan Villar both had three hits, two runs and two RBIs to support starter Zach Davies (2-3).
Davies allowed seven hits and five runs over 5 2/3 innings. The right-hander retired 10 straight between the first and fourth innings, but allowed a three-run homer to Adam Duvall in the first and a solo shot to Joey Votto in the sixth.
Milwaukee’s shutdown bullpen finished the game by retiring 10 straight hitters.
It was another night to forget on the mound for the Reds, who had a 6.85 ERA in the 10 losses before their latest defeat. Lamb was shelled for six runs and seven hits in 3 2/3 innings in losing his third straight start.
Brewers hitters waited for Lamb’s changeup , while the left-hander allowed three run-scoring hits on two-strike counts in the fourth.
Reds: RHP Anthony DeSclafani (left oblique) is scheduled to make his next rehab start at Triple-A Louisville on Monday. … RHP Raisel Iglesias (right shoulder), on the DL since May 1, was scheduled to throw a side session on Friday at the Reds’ spring training complex in Arizona.
Brewers: LHP Will Smith (right knee) was moving to Double-A Biloxi for his rehab assignment, where he will throw consecutive days starting Sunday. Manager Craig Counsell said the reliever could be activated from the DL during a four-game series next week at Philadelphia, if not sooner.
Reds: RHP Alfredo Simon (1-5) has allowed 15 earned runs in 9 1/3 innings over his last two starts, both losses.
Brewers: RHP Chase Anderson (2-6) is 2-1 with a 2.45 ERA in four career starts against the Reds.