christian yelich Hitting the game-winning single, Sal Freelick launched his first major league home run and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Cincinnati Reds 3-2 in their NL Central showdown on Monday night.
milwaukee won A huge two-run homer by Eli de la Cruz, who was robbed of a home run earlier by center fielder Joe Weimer on a leaping catcher.
Despite going 2 for 16 with runners in scoring position, the first-place Brewers remained 1½ games ahead of Cincinnati, which had won five in a row.
Yelich said, “We left a lot out there. He made some good pitches and we couldn’t take advantage of that.” “However, we just kept getting traffic. If you keep getting traffic, eventually something good is going to happen.”
All-Star closer Alexis Diaz (3-2) entered in the bottom of the ninth inning and was not out. He walked Blake Perkins and allowed a single to pinch-hitter Jesse Winker before Yelich drove Perkins with a grounder to right field for his seventh career walk-off hit.
Devin Williams (5-2) pitched a perfect ninth for Milwaukee, who have won six of the seven meetings between the teams since July 7.
The Reds took a 2–1 lead on De La Cruz’s sixth homer of the season and second in two days against starter Colin Reed. It came off the novice’s bat at 114 mph and traveled 456 feet to right-center field, flying over the stands.
De la Cruz hit his third pitch of the game 405 feet to center, where Wiemer leapt over the top of the wall.
Reds manager David Bell said, “It’s crazy how big of a difference one run can make in the first play of a game.”
Reed allowed two runs in six innings, struck out five and walked one.
Freelick made it 2 with a solo homer in the fifth.
He said, “Definitely unrealistic. Running those bases is somewhat bleak, so I don’t really remember much, but I’m really happy to see one go over the fence.”
Reds starter Graham Ashcraft pitched in the sixth inning for the fifth consecutive time, but threw 110 pitches. He repeatedly worked his way out of jams, equaling career highs with eight strikeouts and inducing three double plays.
Yelich scored in the first on William Contreras’s single.
Andrew Monastero reached base in all four plate appearances for Milwaukee with two hits and two walks. He also stole a base.
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After giving up a run in the first inning, Ashcraft struck out Willie Adams and induced Freelick to hit into a double play. In the second with two runners and one out, Ashcraft struck out Jahmai Jones and Wiemer. In the third, with two runners on and one out, Ashcraft escaped a double play. Monasterio led off the fourth with a double and advanced to third on a flyout, but Ashcraft struck out Bryce Turang and Jones.
Reds: C Kurt Casali (injured left foot) was placed on the injured list and SS Kevin Newman (gastritis) was reinstated from IL.
Brewers: LHP Justin Wilson (Tommy John surgery) rejoined the team after a rehab assignment with Triple-A Nashville.
Reds: Recalled RHP Daniel Duarte from Triple-A Louisville and optioned RHP Levi Staudt to Louisville.
Brewers: RHP Jason Alexander was sent outright to Triple-A Nashville. OF Raimel Tapia cleared waivers and elected free agency.
Reds LHP Andrew Abbott (5-2, 2.10 ERA) will face Brewers RHP Corbin Burns (9-5, 3.49) in the middle game of the series on Tuesday.