Yelich makes snazzy grab in return from DL, Brewers top Reds

MILWAUKEE (AP) Christian Yelich quickly made an impact in his return from the disabled list.

The Milwaukee center fielder made a snazzy sliding catch on a fly ball that deflected off the glove of left fielder Hernan Perez, and the Brewers beat the Cincinnati Reds 2-0 on Wednesday.

''I thought they really went at it the right way with one guy sliding,'' Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. ''They weren't going to run into each other.''

Yelich, Perez and shortstop Orlando Arcia converged on a low fly by Alex Blandino in the top of the second.

Perez cut in front of the sliding Yelich as the ball glanced off the left fielder's glove 243 feet from the plate. Yelich tracked the ball, which hit off him, and showed why he was the 2014 NL Gold Glove winner by making the catch as he regained his feet.

Collison avoided.

''There are going to be those balls - and they're always dangerous - that have three guys going to the same spot,'' Counsell said. ''I think it just kind of landed on his leg and popped right up to him.''

Yelich, acquired from the Miami Marlins during the offseason, played for the first time since April 4 after recovering from a strained right oblique. He was not in the clubhouse to speak with reporters after the game.

Eric Thames hit a two-run homer for the second straight day in a 2-0 win, and Zach Davies (1-2) allowed three hits over 6 1/3 innings to win for the first time in four starts this season.

Reds manager Bryan Price intentionally walked Thames to bring up Yelich with two outs and the bases loaded in the fourth.

''That's not a comfortable feeling, either,'' Price said. ''You got Yelich, one of the better young hitters in the game.''

Yelich, who was activated Tuesday but did not play, went 1 for 2 with a strikeout and a pair of walks.

Thames homered on a slider from Tyler Mahle (1-3) in the third inning, his team-leading seventh home run and 12th against the Reds in two seasons. Thames hit 10 home runs last season against the Reds, the most by any NL player against an opponent.

''He's their offense against us the last two days with the home runs,'' Price said. ''We make a mistake and he makes us pay for it.''

Mahle, the only rookie to begin this season in the Reds' starting rotation, gave up seven hits and four walks - one intentional - in five innings. He walked Thames intentionally with two outs in the fourth to load the bases, then struck out Yelich.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Reds: C Tucker Barnhart took his regular turn behind the plate. C Devin Mesoraco, who left in the middle of the fifth inning Tuesday night with a bruised right wrist, was available. ... OF Scott Schebler went 0 for 4 in a rehab appearance Tuesday and is off today. He should play Thursday for Double-A Pensacola and then return to the Reds on Friday.

Brewers: Perez started in place of LF Ryan Braun, who missed the game with a sore left calf - an injury that led to Braun missing 39 games during two stints on the DL last season. Braun legged out a two-base hit in the eighth inning Tuesday night and felt some discomfort. Perez pinch ran for him.

DAVIES AND THE BULLPEN

Davies struck out two, walked two and hit a batter, lowering his ERA from 6.75 to 4.84. He left after second baseman Jonathan Villar muffed a one-out roller from Billy Hamilton, one of three errors by the Brewers.

''He didn't make a ton of mistakes,'' Price said. ''He didn't self-inflict which some pitchers will do which lead to a big inning.''

Dan Jennings relieved with runners at the corners and got Jesse Winker to ground into a double play. Jacob Barnes finished with two hitless innings for his second save as the Brewers won consecutive home games for the first time this season.

BLANKED

Cincinnati was blanked in consecutive games for the first time since Aug. 27-28, 2015.

UP NEXT

Reds: LHP Brandon Finnegan (0-1, 10.38 ERA) makes his second start this season against St. Louis, which beat him 6-1 on Saturday. He faces RHP Michael Wacha (2-1, 5.52) Friday in the opener of series at Busch Stadium.

Brewers: RHP Chase Anderson (1-1, 2.82 ERA) starts Thursday against Miami and LHP Dillon Peters (2-1, 6.75). He is 2-2 with a 3.86 ERA in five outings against the Marlins.

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  • W: Z. Davies (1-2)L: T. Mahle (1-3)S: J. Barnes (2)
  • HR: MIL - E. Thames (7)
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  • b-struck out for Hughes in the 9th
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    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Winker
    BATTING
    • HR - E. Thames (7)
    • SH - Z. Davies (2)
    • RBI - E. Thames 2 (11)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - J. Villar (4)
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - H. Perez
    • E - E. Thames (2), J. Villar (4), C. Yelich (2)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    T. Mahle (L, 1-3)5.07224615.141.570.0
    A. Brice1.00000104.911.273.5
    W. Peralta1.00001100.001.382.5
    J. Hughes1.01000002.251.002.0
    PITCHERSIP
    T. Mahle (L, 1-3)5.0
    A. Brice1.0
    W. Peralta1.0
    J. Hughes1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    Z. Davies (W, 1-2)6.13002204.841.3024.0
    D. Jennings (H, 2)0.20000001.860.930.0
    J. Barnes (S, 2)2.00001301.501.0813.5
    PITCHERSIP
    Z. Davies (W, 1-2)6.1
    D. Jennings (H, 2)0.2
    J. Barnes (S, 2)2.0
    PITCHING
    • IBB - T. Mahle
    • Pitches-Strikes - T. Mahle 94-57, A. Brice 9-6, W. Peralta 15-6, J. Hughes 13-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Mahle 4-3, A. Brice 1-1, W. Peralta 1-1, J. Hughes 1-2
    • Batters Faced - T. Mahle 24, A. Brice 3, W. Peralta 4, J. Hughes 4
    PITCHING
    • IBB - Z. Davies
    • HBP - Z. Davies (2)
    • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Davies 93-54, D. Jennings 3-2, J. Barnes 31-21
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Davies 13-6, D. Jennings 1-0, J. Barnes 3-0
    • Batters Faced - Z. Davies 27, D. Jennings, J. Barnes 7
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    J. Peraza SS40100001.234.246.313.5591.0
    J. Votto 1B30100111.258.315.273.5881.5
    A. Duvall LF40000003.175.221.381.6020.0
    S. Gennett 2B30000103.274.312.342.6541.0
    T. Barnhart C40000013.277.393.489.882-0.5
    A. Blandino 3B20000111.059.158.059.2171.5
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    • a-grounded out for Brice in the 7th
    • b-struck out for Hughes in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
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    D. Santana RF40000023.232.303.246.549-1.0
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      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Winker
      BATTING
      • HR - E. Thames (7)
      • SH - Z. Davies (2)
      • RBI - E. Thames 2 (11)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Villar (4)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - H. Perez
      • E - E. Thames (2), J. Villar (4), C. Yelich (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      T. Mahle (L, 1-3)5.07224615.141.570.0
      A. Brice1.00000104.911.273.5
      W. Peralta1.00001100.001.382.5
      J. Hughes1.01000002.251.002.0
      Total8.0822581---
      PITCHERSIP
      T. Mahle (L, 1-3)5.0
      A. Brice1.0
      W. Peralta1.0
      J. Hughes1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      Z. Davies (W, 1-2)6.13002204.841.3024.0
      D. Jennings (H, 2)0.20000001.860.930.0
      J. Barnes (S, 2)2.00001301.501.0813.5
      Total9.0300350---
      PITCHERSIP
      Z. Davies (W, 1-2)6.1
      D. Jennings (H, 2)0.2
      J. Barnes (S, 2)2.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • IBB - T. Mahle
      • Pitches-Strikes - T. Mahle 94-57, A. Brice 9-6, W. Peralta 15-6, J. Hughes 13-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Mahle 4-3, A. Brice 1-1, W. Peralta 1-1, J. Hughes 1-2
      • Batters Faced - T. Mahle 24, A. Brice 3, W. Peralta 4, J. Hughes 4
      PITCHING
      • IBB - Z. Davies
      • HBP - Z. Davies (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Davies 93-54, D. Jennings 3-2, J. Barnes 31-21
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Davies 13-6, D. Jennings 1-0, J. Barnes 3-0
      • Batters Faced - Z. Davies 27, D. Jennings, J. Barnes 7
      • 3RD INNING
        Thames homered to right center, Bandy scored02
      • 9TH INNING
        • J. Barnes Pitching:
        • S. Gennett: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gennett walked
        • T. Barnhart: Strike swinging, Barnhart grounded out to second, Gennett to second
        • A. Blandino: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Blandino struck out swinging
        • Cliff Pennington hit for Jared Hughes
        • C. Pennington: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pennington struck out looking
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Lorenzo Cain in center
        • Jacob Barnes pitching
        • J. Peraza: Strike looking, Peraza grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Votto: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Votto struck out swinging
        • A. Duvall: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Duvall grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Jared Hughes relieved Wandy Peralta
        • H. Perez: Strike swinging, Ball, Perez grounded out to third
        • J. Villar: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Villar singled to center
        • O. Arcia: Arcia flied out to center
        • J. Bandy: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball (pitchout), Pickoff attempt, Ball, Villar stole second, Foul, Bandy flied out to right
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Z. Davies Pitching:
        • A. Blandino: Strike looking, Ball, Blandino hit by pitch
        • Phillip Ervin hit for Austin Brice
        • P. Ervin: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ervin grounded out to shortstop, Blandino to second
        • B. Hamilton: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Hamilton safe at first on 2nd baseman Villar fielding error, Blandino to third
        • Dan Jennings relieved Zach Davies
        • J. Winker: Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Strike looking, Winker grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Hamilton out at second
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
        • Wandy Peralta pitching
        • E. Thames: Ball, Thames grounded out to first
        • C. Yelich: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Yelich walked
        • D. Santana: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
        • T. Shaw: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Shaw flied out to deep center
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • Z. Davies Pitching:
        • A. Duvall: Ball, Ball, Duvall lined out to left
        • S. Gennett: Ball, Ball, Gennett grounded out to second
        • T. Barnhart: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Barnhart struck out looking
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Austin Brice relieved Tyler Mahle
        • O. Arcia: Strike looking, Arcia grounded out to third
        • J. Bandy: Bandy popped out to shortstop
        • Z. Davies: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Davies struck out looking
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • Z. Davies Pitching:
        • B. Hamilton: Ball, Ball, Hamilton lined out to right
        • J. Winker: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Winker grounded out to second
        • J. Peraza: Ball, Peraza reached on bunt single to pitcher
        • J. Votto: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Votto grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • T. Mahle Pitching:
        • D. Santana: Ball, Ball, Santana flied out to deep right
        • T. Shaw: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Shaw walked
        • H. Perez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Perez singled to left, Shaw to second
        • J. Villar: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Villar grounded into double play pitcher to shortstop to first, Perez out at second
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • Z. Davies Pitching:
        • J. Votto: Votto singled to right
        • A. Duvall: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Duvall reached on fielder's choice to third, Votto out at second
        • S. Gennett: Foul, Ball, Gennett reached on fielder's choice to right, Duvall to third on 1st baseman Thames fielding error
        • T. Barnhart: Foul, Barnhart reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Duvall out at home, Gennett to third, Barnhart to second
        • A. Blandino: Blandino intentionally walked
        • T. Mahle: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Mahle grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
        • T. Mahle Pitching:
        • J. Villar: Ball, Villar reached on bunt single to pitcher
        • O. Arcia: Strike looking, Foul, Ball (pitchout), Arcia fouled out to second
        • J. Bandy: Ball, Ball, Foul, Bandy singled to center, Villar to second
        • Z. Davies: Davies hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Villar to third, Bandy to second
        • E. Thames: Thames intentionally walked
        • C. Yelich: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul tip, Yelich struck out on foul tip
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • Z. Davies Pitching:
        • B. Hamilton: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Hamilton flied out to left
        • J. Winker: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Winker struck out looking
        • J. Peraza: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Peraza flied out to center
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Mahle Pitching:
        • J. Bandy: Ball, Bandy singled to left
        • Z. Davies: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Davies struck out looking
        • E. Thames: Ball, Thames homered to right center, Bandy scored
        • C. Yelich: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Yelich singled to left
        • D. Santana: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
        • T. Shaw: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Shaw walked, Yelich to second
        • H. Perez: Perez lined out to left
        • End of the 3rd (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • Z. Davies Pitching:
        • T. Barnhart: Ball, Ball, Ball, Barnhart flied out to center
        • A. Blandino: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Blandino flied out to left
        • T. Mahle: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Mahle grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Mahle Pitching:
        • T. Shaw: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Shaw struck out swinging
        • H. Perez: Strike looking, Perez singled to center
        • J. Villar: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Villar struck out swinging
        • O. Arcia: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Arcia struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • Z. Davies Pitching:
        • J. Winker: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Winker doubled to deep center, Winker to third on left fielder Yelich fielding error
        • J. Peraza: Peraza grounded out to third
        • J. Votto: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Votto walked
        • A. Duvall: Ball, Duvall grounded out to pitcher, Votto to second
        • S. Gennett: Ball, Gennett grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
        • T. Mahle Pitching:
        • E. Thames: Strike looking, Ball, Thames grounded out to first
        • C. Yelich: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Yelich walked
        • D. Santana: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Santana grounded into double play third to second to first, Yelich out at second
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)