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Gomez saves Brewers' victory by robbing Votto of home run

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MILWAUKEE -- For a brief moment, the whole game was waiting on Carlos Gomez.

The crowd roared as the Milwaukee Brewers looked toward center field in amazement and Gomez hopped around in front of the wall. When he flipped his glove open as he ran toward the infield, it was over.

Gomez robbed Joey Votto of a potential go-ahead homer with a spectacular catch for the final out, saving the Brewers' 4-3 victory against the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night.

"When you save the game like that or when you hit a walk-off home run, it's amazing," Gomez said. "I never hit one, but I steal home run to win the game. It's something special, like you can't wait to get home to see it over and over."

Jonathan Lucroy homered for the third consecutive game for last-place Brewers, who had dropped three of four. Jean Segura had three hits off Homer Bailey in the right-hander's first start since his second career no-hitter.

But Gomez made the biggest play of the game when he used a perfectly timed jump to grab Votto's drive, sending a charge through the crowd on an otherwise sleepy night at Miller Park. The dramatic conclusion came after pinch-hitter Derrick Robinson walked with two outs.

Votto made an appeal to see the ball in Gomez's glove while he celebrated in the outfield, and sure enough, it was there.

"The whole thing is really a random occurrence and it's what makes baseball so special," Votto said. "Carlos has had a fantastic year this year. Today he didn't have a good game offensively and he goes out and makes a game-changing play on the defensive end.

"You know, I did everything I could, and he made a great play."

Kyle Lohse (5-6) pitched into the seventh inning for his fourth consecutive winning decision.

Bailey was coming off an absolute gem at home against San Francisco last Tuesday night, when he struck out nine and allowed just one baserunner on a seventh-inning walk. The impressive performance in the Reds' 3-0 victory gave Bailey a chance to become the second pitcher in major league history to throw consecutive no-hitters.

That opening was slammed shut in the first inning.

Segura dumped a 1-2 pitch into right field for a base hit with one out. He then stole second and went to third on a throwing error by catcher Devin Mesoraco before Lucroy hit his 11th homer to give the Brewers a 2-1 lead.

"It was just one of those days," Bailey said. "Just never could find a rhythm."

Segura added an RBI double in the second and an infield hit in the fifth. The All-Star shortstop reached base four times and leads the NL with 113 hits.

Chris Heisey hit a solo homer for Cincinnati, which has lost three of four since taking three in a row against the Giants. Jay Bruce and pinch hitter Xavier Paul each had an RBI single.

Bailey (5-7) was replaced by Logan Ondrusek after he hit Segura with a pitch with two outs in the sixth. He allowed a season-high 10 hits and walked three.

"He got out of some tough jams," Reds manager Dusty Baker said.

Lohse was pulled after he allowed singles to three of the first four batters in the seventh. Heisey was erased when Mesoraco grounded into a double play, but pinch hitter Cesar Izturis and Shin-Soo Choo singled to put runners on the corners.

John Axford came in and surrendered Paul's run-scoring hit to make it 4-3, but he bounced back to strike out Votto, limiting the damage.

"We don't win them easy," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said.

Lohse was charged with three runs and nine hits. The righty improved to 4-0 with a 2.37 ERA in his past eight starts.

Jim Henderson worked the eighth and Francisco Rodriguez finished for his ninth save in nine chances and No. 303 for his career, tying Doug Jones for 22nd on the major league list.

Rodriguez had his left arm over his head and his right hand on the brim of his cap as he walked around in disbelief after Gomez's game-ending grab.

"He's so athletic and explosive," Lohse said of Gomez. "You just see him get good reads. It's pretty fun to watch."

Milwaukee got Ryan Braun back from the disabled list, but he did not play in the Brewers' second win in seven games against Cincinnati this season. Braun, who had been out with a bruised right thumb, took batting practice for the second straight day and could return to the lineup on Tuesday.

While the 2011 NL MVP returned to the active roster, third baseman Aramis Ramirez went back on the DL again with a nagging left knee injury.

Mesoraco got the start behind the plate for Cincy after Baker said Ryan Hanigan was dealing with soreness, declining to elaborate. But Mesoraco has a back issue and appeared to be playing hurt, grounding out with runners on first and second to end the eighth.

"He's a tough guy," Baker said. "I don't know what we're going to do tomorrow. I don't know if he's going to be all right or not."

Notes

  • Johnny Vander Meer remains the only pitcher to throw back-to-back no-hitters, accomplishing the feat for the Reds on June 11 and June 15 in 1938.
  • Brewers RHP Wily Peralta (5-9, 5.27 ERA) is scheduled to face LHP Tony Cingrani (3-0, 3.40 ERA) in the middle game of the series on Tuesday. Peralta was forced to leave his last outing in the sixth inning last Tuesday night at Washington due to a strained left hamstring. "If he feels something, then, obviously, we'll address that," Roenicke said.
  • The Miller Park roof was open at the start of the game, but it was closed during the second inning. It was opened again in the fourth.
  • NASCAR driver Matt Kenseth, a Wisconsin native, threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
 
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Jean Segura (left) is among the Brewers who want to thank Carlos Gomez (27) for his game-saving catch.  (USATSI)
Jean Segura (left) is among the Brewers who want to thank Carlos Gomez (27) for his game-saving catch. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Cincinnati

C. Heisey
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
Milwaukee

J. Segura
AB 3
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Cincinnati Reds
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Shin-Soo Choo, CF5010011 .272
Zack Cozart, SS3010000 .236
    Xavier Paul, PH1011000 .248
Joey Votto, 1B4110114 .320
Brandon Phillips, 2B4010001 .265
Jay Bruce, RF4011011 .271
Todd Frazier, 3B4010003 .243
Chris Heisey, LF3121000 .213
Devin Mesoraco, C4000003 .242
Homer Bailey, P2010000 .194
    Cesar Izturis, PH-SS2110000 .210
Totals36311323  
a-singled for Cozart in the 7th
b-walked for Hoover in the 9th
c-singled for Ondrusek in the 7th
Batting
HR - Chris Heisey (4, Lohse)
RBI - Xavier Paul (26), Jay Bruce (60), Chris Heisey (10)
2-OUT RBI - Xavier Paul (15), Jay Bruce (19), Chris Heisey (2)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Jay Bruce 2
DP - Cozart-Votto, Cozart-Votto-Bruce-Votto-Frazier-Mesoraco
E - Devin Mesoraco (4, Throwing)
Cincinnati Reds
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Homer Bailey (L,5-7) 5.21044331 3.70
Logan Ondrusek 0.1000000 5.25
J.J. Hoover 2100120 3.79
WP - Logan Ondrusek (4)
HBP - Segura (by Homer Bailey)
Pitches-Strikes - Homer Bailey 103-69, Logan Ondrusek 9-6, J.J. Hoover 32-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Homer Bailey 3-9, Logan Ondrusek 1-0
Batters Faced - Homer Bailey 29, Logan Ondrusek 1, J.J. Hoover 7
Milwaukee Brewers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Norichika Aoki, RF4010003 .298
Jean Segura, SS3131000 .323
Carlos Gomez, CF4000014 .308
Jonathan Lucroy, C4112001 .268
Juan Francisco, 3B3120110 .245
Rickie Weeks, 2B3021100 .230
Sean Halton, 1B4000026 .241
Logan Schafer, LF4010000 .221
Kyle Lohse, P2110110 .156
Totals31411445  
Batting
2B - Jean Segura (10, Bailey), Rickie Weeks (12, Bailey), Logan Schafer (11, Hoover)
HR - Jonathan Lucroy (11, Bailey)
SH - Norichika Aoki (5)
RBI - Jean Segura (36), Jonathan Lucroy 2 (48), Rickie Weeks (21)
2-OUT RBI - Jean Segura (9), Jonathan Lucroy 2 (17), Rickie Weeks (4)
SB - Jean Segura (27, 3rd base off Bailey/Mesoraco), Logan Schafer (3, 3rd base off Hoover/Mesoraco)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Weeks-Segura-Halton, Weeks-Segura-Halton-Segura-Weeks-Halton
Milwaukee Brewers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Kyle Lohse (W,5-6) 6.2933101 3.47
John Axford (H,14) 0.1100010 3.86
Jim Henderson (H,4) 1100010 1.95
Francisco Rodriguez (S,9) 1000110 1.25
HBP - Heisey (by Jim Henderson)
Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Lohse 93-60, John Axford 12-8, Jim Henderson 22-15, Francisco Rodriguez 21-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Lohse 12-6, Jim Henderson 2-0
Batters Faced - Kyle Lohse 28, John Axford 2, Jim Henderson 5, Francisco Rodriguez 4
Game Information
Attendance - 25341
Game Time - 3:12
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Dan Bellino, First Base - Tim Welke, Second Base - Mike Everitt, Third Base - Quinn Wolcott