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Brewers' Lucroy homers twice, including walk-off blast in ninth

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MILWAUKEE -- Jonathan Lucroy has been frustrated, struggling at the plate the past month despite being named to his first All-Star team.

That all changed Tuesday night against the Cincinnati Reds.

Lucroy homered leading off the bottom of the ninth to give the Milwaukee Brewers a 4-3 victory over the Reds.

''To be honest with you, the last couple of weeks have been kind of tough for making solid contact, but I'm glad to help the team out, contribute and get it done tonight,'' said Lucroy, who was batting just .200 (21 for 105) in his last 25 games.

It was Lucroy's second homer of the game and 11th of the season. It was his second career walkoff homer and both were against the Reds. His first was last season off closer Aroldis Chapman and this one was off Sam LeCure.

The Brewers had lost five consecutive series before beating the Reds in the first two games of this series.

Lucroy's average had dipped from .341 on June 18 to .308 entering Tuesday night's game.

''He's frustrated because he thinks he's squaring up some balls,'' Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke said. ''It's not like he wasn't locked in, but today obviously he was.''

Francisco Rodriguez (4-3) pitched the ninth to earn the victory.

Cincinnati, which is 0-5 since the All-Star break, brought in LeCure (1-2) to pitch the ninth. His outing lasted just three pitches as Lucroy hit a 1-1 offering for a line drive homer inside the left field foul pole.

His first homer of the game was on a 3-2 pitch from starter Homer Bailey in the sixth.

The Reds came out of the All-Star break just 1½ games behind Milwaukee in the NL Central but have quickly fallen 4 1/2 games back.

''We just haven't executed,'' Cincinnati manager Bryan Price said. ''We haven't swung the bats well. We haven't gotten a quality start.

''And we haven't played particularly good defense, we've missed some signs and just haven't played terribly well,'' he said.

Milwaukee scored all its runs on solo home runs. Ryan Braun and Aramis Ramirez hit back-to-back homers in the first inning on the one-year anniversary of the start of Braun's 65-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball's drug policies.

''I'm glad I'm not facing them so it's nice to have them on our side,'' Milwaukee starter Jimmy Nelson said of having Braun, Ramirez and Lucroy in the lineup.

Braun hit his 13th homer and Ramirez followed with his 12th homer, and first since June 26.

Cincinnati made it 2-1 in the fourth on Jay Bruce's RBI double that scored Billy Hamilton from third.

Lucroy's first homer extended Milwaukee's lead to 3-1.

Cincinnati tied it 3-3 in the seventh. Nelson hit Ramon Santiago on the foot with a pitch with the bases loaded and pinch-hitter Chris Heisey hit a sacrifice fly off reliever Brandon Kintzler.

Billy Hamilton then hit a soft fly ball but Zack Cozart was doubled off second base to end the inning.

Kintzler, Zach Duke and Rodriguez pitched three hitless innings of relief for Milwaukee.

''Kintzler did a great job, coming in with the bases loaded and no outs,'' Nelson said.

The Reds managed only five hits and Milwaukee had six.

Nelson allowed three runs, four hits and a walk and hit three batters while striking out five in his fourth major league start.

''He was down in the zone and his slider was good,'' Roenicke said.

Bailey allowed three runs, four hits and two walks while striking out three in his first start since leaving a game against the Chicago Cubs on July 10 due to right knee soreness.

Notes

Brewers 2B Scooter Gennett left the game in the fifth inning due to tightness in his right quad. Roenicke said he was day-to-day. ... Cozart left the game after being hit on the right hand by a pitch from Nelson in the seventh inning. X-rays were negative and the team said he was day-to-day. ... The Reds placed RHP Logan Ondrusek on the 15-day DL retroactive to July 13 and recalled RHP Curtis Partch from Triple-A Louisville. ... A brief rain shower caused the Brewers to close roof at Miller Park in the fourth inning. It reopened in the sixth.

 
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Jonathan Lucroy provides a pair of blasts for the Brewers, including a game-winning homer in the ninth. (USATSI)
Jonathan Lucroy provides a pair of blasts for the Brewers, including a game-winning homer in the ninth. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Cincinnati

H. Bailey
IP 6.0
H 4
ER 3
BB 2
K 3
Milwaukee

J. Lucroy
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 2
 
Cincinnati Reds
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Billy Hamilton, CF4110013.280.313.422
Skip Schumaker, 2B4000021.248.296.331
Todd Frazier, 1B3000010.283.345.491
Jay Bruce, RF4011020.221.301.395
Ryan Ludwick, LF4110012.266.326.401
Brayan Pena, C4120002.256.288.396
Zack Cozart, SS2000000.227.279.296
   Kris Negron, 3B1000001.222.300.889
Ramon Santiago, 3B-SS2001111.261.352.315
Homer Bailey, P1000010.139.162.139
   a-Chris Heisey, PH0001000.233.287.378
   Jumbo Diaz, P0000000.000.000.000
   Jonathan Broxton, P0000000.000.000.000
   Sam LeCure, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals2935319    
a-hit a sacrifice fly for Bailey in the 7th
Batting
2B - Jay Bruce (19, Nelson)
SF - Chris Heisey (2)
SH - Homer Bailey (8)
RBI - Jay Bruce (42), Ramon Santiago (7), Chris Heisey (14)
SB - Billy Hamilton (39, 2nd base off Nelson/Lucroy)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Schumaker-Cozart-Frazier
Cincinnati Reds
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Homer Bailey 6433233 4.22
Jumbo Diaz 1000020 3.48
Jonathan Broxton 1100020 1.03
Sam LeCure (L,1-2) 0111001 3.50
HBP - Segura (by Homer Bailey)
Pitches-Strikes - Homer Bailey 93-59, Jumbo Diaz 14-12, Jonathan Broxton 19-10, Sam LeCure 3-2
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Homer Bailey 13-1
Batters Faced - Homer Bailey 24, Jumbo Diaz 3, Jonathan Broxton 4, Sam LeCure 1
Milwaukee Brewers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Carlos Gomez, CF3000110.302.368.500
Scooter Gennett, 2B2000000.305.343.481
   Rickie Weeks, 2B2010003.260.325.390
Ryan Braun, RF4121011.304.356.534
Aramis Ramirez, 3B4111002.284.333.455
Jonathan Lucroy, C4222010.310.381.500
Khris Davis, LF3000020.252.300.472
Lyle Overbay, 1B2000110.235.316.344
Jean Segura, SS2000010.235.270.326
Jimmy Nelson, P1000000.000.000.000
   Brandon Kintzler, P0000000.000.000.000
   a-Logan Schafer, PH1000000.190.277.300
   Zach Duke, P0000000.000.000.000
   Francisco Rodriguez, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals2846427    
a-lined out for Kintzler in the 7th
Batting
HR - Ryan Braun (13, Bailey), Aramis Ramirez (12, Bailey), Jonathan Lucroy 2 (11, Bailey)
SH - Jimmy Nelson (1)
RBI - Ryan Braun (57), Aramis Ramirez (46), Jonathan Lucroy 2 (47)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Braun (17), Aramis Ramirez (22), Jonathan Lucroy (19)
SB - Rickie Weeks (3, 2nd base off Broxton/B. Pena)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Weeks-Segura
Milwaukee Brewers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jimmy Nelson 6433150 5.06
Brandon Kintzler (BS,3) 1000000 3.60
Zach Duke 1000030 1.11
Francisco Rodriguez (W,4-3) 1100010 2.61
HBP - Frazier (by Jimmy Nelson)
Pitches-Strikes - Jimmy Nelson 88-57, Brandon Kintzler 8-6, Zach Duke 13-10, Francisco Rodriguez 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jimmy Nelson 8-5, Francisco Rodriguez 2-0
Batters Faced - Jimmy Nelson 26, Brandon Kintzler 2, Zach Duke 3, Francisco Rodriguez 4
Game Information
Attendance - 33485
Game Time - 3:01
Temperature - 87
Umpires - Home - Brian Gorman, First Base - Chris Segal, Second Base - Tony Randazzo, Third Base - David Rackley