Guerra deals, Thames homers to lift Brewers over Reds 2-0

MILWAUKEE (AP) Junior Guerra settled in after a shaky first inning, and Eric Thames made sure the effort wasn't wasted.

Thames hit a two-run homer to back a three-hitter from Guerra and three relievers, lifting the Milwaukee Brewers over the Cincinnati Reds 2-0 on Tuesday night.

''Especially how the score ended up, I was happy to kind of help the team win on that one,'' Thames said. ''But pitching was also good for us.''

Reds starter Sal Romano (0-2) had a two-hit shutout going before Lorenzo Cain walked to open the sixth and Thames sent the first pitch he saw over the wall in right for his team-leading sixth home run. Thames was back in the lineup after leaving Sunday's game with a left groin strain and sitting Monday.

Guerra issued consecutive one-out walks in the first but then limited Cincinnati to a single and another walk over 5 2/3 innings, striking out seven. Dan Jennings (2-0) finished up the sixth, Jeremy Jeffress retired three straight in the seventh and Josh Hader pitched the final two innings for his second save despite allowing a two-out double in the ninth to Tucker Barnhart.

''I don't think he came out of the chute with his best stuff,'' Brewers manager Craig Counsell said of Guerra. ''But he put it together and then got on a roll. I think Junior, when he gets it going, it's pretty darn good.''

Romano allowed two runs and four hits in five-plus innings, striking out four and walking two.

''Shoot, he gave us five innings of two-run baseball,'' manager Bryan Price said. ''We just weren't in a position at that point in time to give up any more.''

Ryan Braun and Orlando Arcia each had two hits for Milwaukee.

YELICH RETURNS

Outfielder Christian Yelich was activated from the 10-day disabled list after recovering from a strained right oblique, and right-handed reliever Jorge Lopez was optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs of the Pacific Coast League.

Yelich was available off the bench Tuesday night but did not play. Counsell said Yelich probably will start in Wednesday's series finale.

''Getting Christian back is really important,'' Counsell said. ''Yesterday was a day when we probably had four guys out of the lineup that were in our planned lineup for the first day. But that's a baseball season. It's going to happen.''

Yelich, acquired in an offseason trade with Miami, hit 39 homers during the past two seasons with the Marlins. He hit .385 with one homer and five RBIs this season before going on the DL.

DEALT

Reds right-hander Ariel Hernandez, who appeared in three games at Double-A Pensacola this season, was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers for two minor leaguers - pitcher Zach Neal and 1B Ibandel Isabel. Hernandez made 19 relief appearances in four stints with the Reds last season with a 5.18 ERA.

CLAIMED

The Brewers claimed RHP Alec Asher off waivers from the Los Angeles Dodgers and sent him to Triple-A Colorado Springs. Asher was 2-5 with a 5.25 ERA in 24 games with Baltimore last season. He was claimed by the Dodgers in April and made one start at Triple-A.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Reds: C Devin Mesoraco left in the sixth inning with a bruised right wrist. X-rays were negative, the team announced. ''We'll see how he is tomorrow, if there's some things he can do for us off the bench,'' Price said. ''I think he'll be able to catch and do whatever he needs back there but we'll see how he can handle the bat.'' ... OF Scott Schebler (right ulnar nerve contusion) was scheduled to play a second straight rehab game for Double-A Pensacola and could be activated Wednesday. ... RHP David Hernandez (right shoulder inflammation) threw 25 pitches in a simulated game.

Brewers: Veteran LHP Wade Miley was added to the roster at Double-A Biloxi. Miley signed as a minor league free agent in the offseason and injured his groin late in spring training. ... LHP Logan Boone, on the 10-day DL (left triceps), probably will throw a bullpen session sometime this week.

UP NEXT

Reds: RHP Tyler Mahle (1-2, 5.63) makes his fourth start in the series finale Wednesday. After allowing one hit over six scoreless innings for the victory in his first start, he has given up 10 runs in 10 innings in his last two outings.

Brewers: RHP Zach Davies (0-2, 6.75) has allowed 12 earned runs in 16 innings in his first three starts. He gave up five runs and seven hits in 4 1/3 in his last start, a 6-5 loss to the Mets.

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  • W: D. Jennings (2-0)L: S. Romano (0-2)S: J. Hader (2)
  • HR: MIL - E. Thames (6)
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J. Winker RF20000200.237.420.237.6572.0
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J. Peraza SS40000003.233.246.317.5630.0
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C. Reed P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-struck out for Garrett in the 7th
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R. Braun LF40200010.200.237.400.6372.5
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T. Shaw 3B30100101.268.307.437.7432.0
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E. Sogard 2B40100022.167.211.250.4610.0
O. Arcia SS30200001.218.259.291.5502.0
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  • a-flied out for Jeffress in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - T. Barnhart 2 (4)
BATTING
  • 2B - R. Braun (2)
  • HR - E. Thames (6)
  • RBI - E. Thames 2 (9)
FIELDING
  • E - S. Romano (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Romano (L, 0-2)5.04222415.311.524.0
A. Garrett1.01000100.000.862.5
D. Floro1.03000000.001.000.0
C. Reed1.00000105.401.203.5
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S. Romano (L, 0-2)5.0
A. Garrett1.0
D. Floro1.0
C. Reed1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Guerra5.21003700.820.9114.5
D. Jennings (W, 2-0)0.11000002.001.006.0
J. Jeffress (H, 2)1.00000100.900.903.5
J. Hader (S, 2)2.01000301.540.5113.5
PITCHERSIP
J. Guerra5.2
D. Jennings (W, 2-0)0.1
J. Jeffress (H, 2)1.0
J. Hader (S, 2)2.0
PITCHING
  • WP - S. Romano
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Romano 79-45, A. Garrett 19-10, D. Floro 34-22, C. Reed 8-5
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Romano 6-5, A. Garrett 1-0, D. Floro 1-2
  • Batters Faced - S. Romano 21, A. Garrett 3, D. Floro 6, C. Reed 3
PITCHING
  • HBP - J. Guerra
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Guerra 93-54, D. Jennings 8-4, J. Jeffress 14-10, J. Hader 29-19
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Guerra 3-7, J. Jeffress 1-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Guerra 22, D. Jennings 2, J. Jeffress 3, J. Hader 7
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. Winker RF20000200.237.420.237.6572.0
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A. Duvall LF40000014.186.234.407.641-0.5
S. Gennett 2B40000013.286.315.357.672-0.5
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T. Barnhart C20200000.302.423.535.9584.0
J. Peraza SS40000003.233.246.317.5630.0
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  • a-struck out for Garrett in the 7th
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E. Thames 1B41121012.224.309.633.9426.5
R. Braun LF40200010.200.237.400.6372.5
H. Perez PR-LF00000000.152.200.333.5330.0
T. Shaw 3B30100101.268.307.437.7432.0
D. Santana RF40000014.246.319.262.581-0.5
E. Sogard 2B40100022.167.211.250.4610.0
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  • a-flied out for Jeffress in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - T. Barnhart 2 (4)
BATTING
  • 2B - R. Braun (2)
  • HR - E. Thames (6)
  • RBI - E. Thames 2 (9)
FIELDING
  • E - S. Romano (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Romano (L, 0-2)5.04222415.311.524.0
A. Garrett1.01000100.000.862.5
D. Floro1.03000000.001.000.0
C. Reed1.00000105.401.203.5
Total8.0822261---
PITCHERSIP
S. Romano (L, 0-2)5.0
A. Garrett1.0
D. Floro1.0
C. Reed1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Guerra5.21003700.820.9114.5
D. Jennings (W, 2-0)0.11000002.001.006.0
J. Jeffress (H, 2)1.00000100.900.903.5
J. Hader (S, 2)2.01000301.540.5113.5
Total9.03003110---
PITCHERSIP
J. Guerra5.2
D. Jennings (W, 2-0)0.1
J. Jeffress (H, 2)1.0
J. Hader (S, 2)2.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - S. Romano
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Romano 79-45, A. Garrett 19-10, D. Floro 34-22, C. Reed 8-5
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Romano 6-5, A. Garrett 1-0, D. Floro 1-2
  • Batters Faced - S. Romano 21, A. Garrett 3, D. Floro 6, C. Reed 3
PITCHING
  • HBP - J. Guerra
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Guerra 93-54, D. Jennings 8-4, J. Jeffress 14-10, J. Hader 29-19
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Guerra 3-7, J. Jeffress 1-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Guerra 22, D. Jennings 2, J. Jeffress 3, J. Hader 7
  • 6TH INNING
    Thames homered to right center, Cain scored02
  • 9TH INNING
    • J. Hader Pitching:
    • A. Duvall: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Duvall flied out to deep center
    • S. Gennett: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gennett struck out swinging
    • T. Barnhart: Ball, Barnhart doubled to deep left
    • J. Peraza: Ball, Peraza lined out to right
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Josh Hader pitching
    • B. Hamilton: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Hamilton struck out looking
    • J. Winker: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Winker lined out to left
    • J. Votto: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Votto struck out looking
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • D. Floro Pitching:
    • R. Braun: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Braun doubled to right
    • Cody Reed relieved Dylan Floro
    • Hernan Perez ran for Ryan Braun
    • T. Shaw: Ball, Shaw popped out to second
    • D. Santana: Santana flied out to deep right, Perez to third
    • E. Sogard: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Sogard struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • D. Jennings Pitching:
    • T. Barnhart: Ball, Barnhart doubled to shallow right
    • Jeremy Jeffress relieved Dan Jennings
    • J. Peraza: Strike looking, Ball, Peraza lined out to shortstop
    • C. Pennington: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Pennington grounded out to second, Barnhart to third
    • Phil Gosselin hit for Amir Garrett
    • P. Gosselin: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Gosselin struck out looking
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Dylan Floro pitching
    • O. Arcia: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Arcia reached on an infield single to third
    • J. Nottingham: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Nottingham grounded out to shortstop, Arcia to second
    • Jesus Aguilar hit for Jeremy Jeffress
    • J. Aguilar: Foul, Aguilar flied out to center
    • L. Cain: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Cain reached on an infield single to shortstop, Arcia to third
    • E. Thames: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Thames flied out to left
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • J. Guerra Pitching:
    • J. Winker: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Winker walked
    • J. Votto: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul tip, Votto struck out on foul tip
    • A. Duvall: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Duvall flied out to center
    • Dan Jennings relieved Junior Guerra
    • S. Gennett: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gennett flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Tucker Barnhart catching
    • L. Cain: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Cain walked
    • E. Thames: Cain to second on Romano fielding error, Thames homered to right center, Cain scored
    • R. Braun: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Braun reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • Amir Garrett relieved Sal Romano
    • T. Shaw: Ball, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Shaw singled to right, Braun to second
    • D. Santana: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Santana grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Braun to third, Shaw out at second
    • E. Sogard: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Sogard struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. Guerra Pitching:
    • C. Pennington: Ball, Foul, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike swinging, Pennington struck out swinging
    • S. Romano: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike swinging, Romano grounded out to second
    • B. Hamilton: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Hamilton struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Romano Pitching:
    • E. Sogard: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Sogard lined out to center
    • O. Arcia: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Arcia singled to center
    • J. Nottingham: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Nottingham reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Arcia out at second
    • J. Guerra: Strike swinging, Guerra popped out to second
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Guerra Pitching:
    • S. Gennett: Strike looking, Gennett popped out to second
    • D. Mesoraco: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Mesoraco struck out swinging
    • J. Peraza: Strike looking, Ball, Peraza flied out to center
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Romano Pitching:
    • E. Thames: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Thames struck out looking
    • R. Braun: Braun flied out to right
    • T. Shaw: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Shaw walked
    • D. Santana: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Guerra Pitching:
    • B. Hamilton: Foul, Hamilton fouled out to third
    • J. Winker: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Winker grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Votto: Ball, Ball, Votto singled to right center
    • A. Duvall: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Duvall struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • S. Romano Pitching:
    • J. Nottingham: Ball, Ball, Nottingham grounded out to pitcher
    • J. Guerra: Ball, Guerra flied out to left
    • L. Cain: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cain grounded out to third
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Guerra Pitching:
    • D. Mesoraco: Foul, Ball, Mesoraco hit by pitch
    • J. Peraza: Peraza popped out to shortstop
    • C. Pennington: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Pennington reached on fielder's choice to second, Mesoraco out at second
    • S. Romano: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Romano struck out looking
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Romano Pitching:
    • T. Shaw: Shaw flied out to left
    • D. Santana: Ball, Strike looking, Santana grounded out to third
    • E. Sogard: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Sogard singled to left
    • O. Arcia: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Sogard to second on wild pitch, Ball, Arcia grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Guerra Pitching:
    • B. Hamilton: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Hamilton struck out swinging
    • J. Winker: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Winker walked
    • J. Votto: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Votto walked, Winker to second
    • A. Duvall: Strike looking, Strike looking, Duvall lined out to center
    • S. Gennett: Foul, Ball, Gennett flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Romano Pitching:
    • L. Cain: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Cain struck out looking
    • E. Thames: Ball, Thames grounded out to shortstop
    • R. Braun: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Braun struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)