Arcia's HR breaks slump, leads Brewers over Reds 4-3

CINCINNATI (AP) Six games into the season, Orlando Arcia was still waiting for that first hit. The Brewers shortstop finally got it, connecting for the biggest one in Milwaukee's latest win.

Arcia ended his season-opening slump with a three-run homer in the sixth inning, and Milwaukee extended its domination of the Cincinnati Reds by holding on for a 4-3 victory Tuesday night.

Arcia was 0 for 16 when he connected off Michael Lorenzen , who was brought in to face the shortstop with two outs after left-hander Zach Duke (1-1) gave up a walk and a single. Arcia's opposite-field homer barely cleared the wall in right field and snapped a 1-1 tie.

''You've got to get that first hit,'' manager Craig Counsell said. ''That was worth the wait is what I'd say.''

Lorenzen tried to throw a fastball away, but left it in a place Arcia could reach.

''Stadium's small, he swings hard, it's got a chance,'' Lorenzen said. ''It was a terrible game plan and terrible execution on my part.''

The shortstop was feeling his 0-for-2019 slump and starting to wonder when it would end.

''Thankfully that first one came,'' he said through a translator. ''You've got to keep your head strong. Once the first one falls, you know they're going to start falling.''

Things have been falling the Brewers' way, especially when they play the Reds.

Milwaukee has won the first two games of the series and 15 of 21 against Cincinnati over the last two seasons. The defending NL Central champions are off to a 5-1 start, one game better than a year ago when they tied the club record with 96 wins.

Jhoulys Chacin (2-0) gave up three hits and a pair of runs in 5 1/3 innings, including Eugenio Suarez's RBI double . Suarez added a solo homer off Junior Guerra in the eighth.

Josh Hader gave up a walk in the ninth while getting his fourth save in four chances, leaving the Reds with a 1-3 start - same as last season.

Christian Yelich singled and doubled, leaving him the only Brewer to hit safely in all six games. The NL MVP is batting .409 with four homers and three doubles.

The Reds drew 10,195 fans on a 61-degree night, a day after only 7,799 attended the series opener - the smallest crowd in Great American Ball Park history.

OUTS IN THE OUTFIELD

The Reds' regular outfielders - Jesse Winker, Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp and Scott Schebler - are a combined 3 for 45, with all three hits by Puig.

BEAT THE SHIFT, PART II

Yasmani Grandal beat Cincinnati's four-man outfield alignment with three singles on Monday night. He tried to bunt for a single on Tuesday, but Anthony DeSclafani fielded and threw him out.

A CLOSER LOOK

The Brewers' close games - four wins by one run - have resulted in Hader taking on more of a traditional closer role. Last season, he went at least two innings in 23 of his 55 appearances, getting 12 saves. He's been more of a one-inning reliever so far.

''It's something we're going to have to go with the flow and see,'' Hader said.

SOLID SHOWING

DeSclafani made his 2019 debut, went five innings, gave up a run on three hits and struck out eight.

''Definitely satisfied,'' DeSclafani said. ''I was working on some things in spring training and I was hoping it would progress into the season, and I think I've done that. My curveball was effective tonight. It makes it easier when you have a third weapon.''

REDS MOVE

The Reds outrighted left-hander Brandon Finnegan to the minors. He was designated for assignment on opening day.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Brewers: RH Jeremy Jeffress is expected to pitch on a rehab assignment when the Triple-A season begins later this week. He could rejoin the Brewers after making back-to-back appearances as he recovers from a sore shoulder.

Reds: LH Alex Wood isn't ready to throw to hitters as he recovers from back problems. Manager David Bell said Tuesday that Wood has had some setbacks, so there's no timetable for his return from the injured list.

UP NEXT

Brewers: Freddy Peralta (0-0) gave up four runs in three innings of a 9-5 loss to the Cardinals on Friday. He's 0-1 in two career starts at Great American with a 7.71 ERA.

Reds: Luis Castillo (0-0) makes his second start. He was originally scheduled to pitch Thursday in Pittsburgh, but Bell didn't want him facing the Pirates twice in a week. Castillo allowed two hits in 5 2/3 innings of a 5-3 win over Pittsburgh in the opener.

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  • W: J. Chacin (2-0)L: Z. Duke (1-1)S: J. Hader (4)
  • HR: MIL - O. Arcia (1), CIN - E. Suarez (1)
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  • a-struck out for Ju. Guerra in the 9th
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E. Suarez 3B31221110.231.375.538.9139.5
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  • a-grounded out for Dietrich in the 6th
  • b-struck out for DeSclafani in the 5th
  • c-struck out for Peralta in the 7th
  • d-fouled out for Stephenson in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Yelich (3)
  • HR - O. Arcia
  • RBI - J. Aguilar (3), O. Arcia 3 (3)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Aguilar, O. Arcia 3 (3)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Yelich 2 (2), J. Aguilar 2 (2), M. Moustakas 4 (4), J. Chacin
BATTING
  • 2B - E. Suarez
  • HR - E. Suarez
  • RBI - E. Suarez 2 (2), S. Schebler
  • 2-Out RBI - E. Suarez
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Winker, D. Dietrich 2 (2), J. Iglesias 2 (2), K. Farmer
BASERUNNING
  • SB - L. Cain, Y. Grandal
FIELDING
  • DP - (Suarez-Peraza-Votto)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Chacin (W, 2-0)5.13223604.221.0317.0
A. Claudio (H, 2)0.10000002.701.200.0
J. Guerra (H, 3)2.11111113.600.803.5
J. Hader (S, 4)1.00001200.000.4010.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Chacin (W, 2-0)5.1
A. Claudio (H, 2)0.1
J. Guerra (H, 3)2.1
J. Hader (S, 4)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. DeSclafani5.03113801.801.2012.0
Z. Duke (L, 1-1)0.21221107.710.86-8.5
M. Lorenzen0.11112013.381.88-4.0
W. Peralta1.01000000.001.502.0
R. Stephenson2.01001202.251.005.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Chacin 94-55, A. Claudio 3-2, J. Guerra 28-18, J. Hader 16-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Chacin 3-7, A. Claudio 1-0, J. Guerra 2-4
  • Batters Faced - J. Chacin 22, A. Claudio, J. Guerra 9, J. Hader 4
PITCHING
  • IBB - R. Stephenson
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. DeSclafani 89-56, Z. Duke 14-7, M. Lorenzen 16-7, W. Peralta 8-6, R. Stephenson 24-18
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. DeSclafani 3-4, W. Peralta 2-0, R. Stephenson 1-3
  • Batters Faced - A. DeSclafani 21, Z. Duke 4, M. Lorenzen 4, W. Peralta 3, R. Stephenson 8
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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T. Shaw 3B20100300.278.500.444.9444.0
J. Aguilar 1B41110105.200.273.200.4734.0
M. Moustakas 2B40000025.250.348.650.998-1.0
Y. Grandal C41100010.211.200.211.4113.5
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  • a-struck out for Ju. Guerra in the 9th
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Y. Puig RF40200000.200.294.267.5612.0
E. Suarez 3B31221110.231.375.538.9139.5
S. Schebler CF40010004.000.125.000.1251.0
D. Dietrich 2B20000002.167.286.667.9520.0
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J. Peraza SS-2B40000022.267.267.467.733-1.0
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  • a-grounded out for Dietrich in the 6th
  • b-struck out for DeSclafani in the 5th
  • c-struck out for Peralta in the 7th
  • d-fouled out for Stephenson in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Yelich (3)
  • HR - O. Arcia
  • RBI - J. Aguilar (3), O. Arcia 3 (3)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Aguilar, O. Arcia 3 (3)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Yelich 2 (2), J. Aguilar 2 (2), M. Moustakas 4 (4), J. Chacin
BATTING
  • 2B - E. Suarez
  • HR - E. Suarez
  • RBI - E. Suarez 2 (2), S. Schebler
  • 2-Out RBI - E. Suarez
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Winker, D. Dietrich 2 (2), J. Iglesias 2 (2), K. Farmer
BASERUNNING
  • SB - L. Cain, Y. Grandal
FIELDING
  • DP - (Suarez-Peraza-Votto)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Chacin (W, 2-0)5.13223604.221.0317.0
A. Claudio (H, 2)0.10000002.701.200.0
J. Guerra (H, 3)2.11111113.600.803.5
J. Hader (S, 4)1.00001200.000.4010.0
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PITCHERSIP
J. Chacin (W, 2-0)5.1
A. Claudio (H, 2)0.1
J. Guerra (H, 3)2.1
J. Hader (S, 4)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. DeSclafani5.03113801.801.2012.0
Z. Duke (L, 1-1)0.21221107.710.86-8.5
M. Lorenzen0.11112013.381.88-4.0
W. Peralta1.01000000.001.502.0
R. Stephenson2.01001202.251.005.0
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PITCHERSIP
A. DeSclafani5.0
Z. Duke (L, 1-1)0.2
M. Lorenzen0.1
W. Peralta1.0
R. Stephenson2.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Chacin 94-55, A. Claudio 3-2, J. Guerra 28-18, J. Hader 16-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Chacin 3-7, A. Claudio 1-0, J. Guerra 2-4
  • Batters Faced - J. Chacin 22, A. Claudio, J. Guerra 9, J. Hader 4
PITCHING
  • IBB - R. Stephenson
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. DeSclafani 89-56, Z. Duke 14-7, M. Lorenzen 16-7, W. Peralta 8-6, R. Stephenson 24-18
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. DeSclafani 3-4, W. Peralta 2-0, R. Stephenson 1-3
  • Batters Faced - A. DeSclafani 21, Z. Duke 4, M. Lorenzen 4, W. Peralta 3, R. Stephenson 8
  • 8TH INNING
    Suarez homered to left center43
  • 6TH INNING
    Schebler grounded out to first, Votto scored, Puig to third, Suarez to second42
    Arcia homered to right, Aguilar and Grandal scored41
  • 4TH INNING
    Suarez doubled to left, Votto scored, Puig to third11
  • 3RD INNING
    Aguilar singled to right, Cain scored, Shaw to second10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Eric Thames hit for Junior Guerra
    • E. Thames: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Thames struck out swinging
    • L. Cain: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Cain struck out swinging
    • C. Yelich: Yelich doubled to deep center
    • T. Shaw: Shaw intentionally walked
    • J. Aguilar: Ball, Foul, Aguilar lined out to second
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Josh Hader pitching
    • J. Iglesias: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Iglesias walked
    • T. Barnhart: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Barnhart struck out swinging
    • J. Peraza: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Peraza struck out swinging
    • Kyle Farmer hit for Robert Stephenson
    • K. Farmer: Ball, Ball, Farmer fouled out to shortstop
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Robert Stephenson pitching
    • Y. Grandal: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Grandal grounded out to shortstop
    • B. Gamel: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gamel flied out to left
    • O. Arcia: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Arcia lined out to center
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Guerra Pitching:
    • J. Votto: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Votto flied out to deep left
    • Y. Puig: Foul, Puig lined out to second
    • E. Suarez: Ball, Ball, Suarez homered to left center
    • S. Schebler: Strike swinging, Schebler grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Wandy Peralta relieved Michael Lorenzen
    • Jose Iglesias at shortstop
    • T. Shaw: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Shaw singled to right center
    • J. Aguilar: Strike looking, Aguilar grounded out to second, Shaw out at second
    • M. Moustakas: Moustakas grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Guerra Pitching:
    • T. Barnhart: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Barnhart walked
    • J. Peraza: Foul, Foul, Peraza popped out to pitcher
    • Curt Casali hit for Wandy Peralta
    • C. Casali: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Casali struck out swinging
    • J. Winker: Ball, Strike looking, Winker lined out to left
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Zach Duke pitching
    • J. Aguilar: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Aguilar walked
    • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Ball, Moustakas lined out to left
    • Y. Grandal: Strike looking, Ball, Grandal singled to deep right center, Aguilar to third
    • B. Gamel: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gamel struck out swinging, Grandal stole second
    • Michael Lorenzen relieved Zach Duke
    • O. Arcia: Ball, Arcia homered to right, Aguilar and Grandal scored
    • J. Chacin: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Chacin walked
    • L. Cain: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cain walked, Chacin to second
    • C. Yelich: Yelich flied out to left
    • Middle of the 6th (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Chacin Pitching:
    • J. Winker: Winker grounded out to first
    • J. Votto: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Votto walked
    • Y. Puig: Ball, Puig singled to shallow right, Votto to second
    • E. Suarez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Suarez walked, Votto to third, Puig to second
    • Alex Claudio relieved Jhoulys Chacin
    • S. Schebler: Strike swinging, Ball, Schebler grounded out to first, Votto scored, Puig to third, Suarez to second
    • Jose Iglesias hit for Derek Dietrich
    • Junior Guerra relieved Alex Claudio
    • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Iglesias grounded out to third
    • End of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • A. DeSclafani Pitching:
    • L. Cain: Strike looking, Foul, Cain grounded out to first
    • C. Yelich: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Yelich struck out looking
    • T. Shaw: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Shaw flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Chacin Pitching:
    • T. Barnhart: Ball, Foul, Ball, Barnhart fouled out to first
    • J. Peraza: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Peraza struck out swinging
    • Matt Kemp hit for Anthony DeSclafani
    • M. Kemp: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Kemp struck out swinging
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • A. DeSclafani Pitching:
    • Y. Grandal: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Grandal struck out swinging
    • B. Gamel: Ball, Gamel singled to center
    • O. Arcia: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Arcia struck out swinging
    • J. Chacin: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Chacin struck out looking
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Chacin Pitching:
    • J. Winker: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Winker struck out swinging
    • J. Votto: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Votto walked
    • Y. Puig: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Puig singled to center, Votto to third
    • E. Suarez: Suarez doubled to left, Votto scored, Puig to third
    • S. Schebler: Strike looking, Ball, Schebler popped out to shortstop
    • D. Dietrich: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Dietrich grounded out to first
    • End of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • A. DeSclafani Pitching:
    • J. Chacin: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Chacin popped out to second
    • L. Cain: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cain walked
    • C. Yelich: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Yelich flied out to shallow left
    • T. Shaw: Ball, Ball, Cain stole second, Foul, Ball, Ball, Shaw walked
    • J. Aguilar: Foul, Ball, Ball, Aguilar singled to right, Cain scored, Shaw to second
    • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Moustakas struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Chacin Pitching:
    • T. Barnhart: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Barnhart grounded out to first
    • J. Peraza: Ball, Foul, Peraza popped out to second
    • A. DeSclafani: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, DeSclafani struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • A. DeSclafani Pitching:
    • Y. Grandal: Grandal grounded bunt out to pitcher
    • B. Gamel: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Gamel struck out looking
    • O. Arcia: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Arcia grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Chacin Pitching:
    • E. Suarez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Suarez struck out swinging
    • S. Schebler: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Schebler flied out to deep left
    • D. Dietrich: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Dietrich fouled out to catcher
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • A. DeSclafani Pitching:
    • L. Cain: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Cain struck out swinging
    • C. Yelich: Ball, Yelich singled to left
    • T. Shaw: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Shaw walked, Yelich to second
    • J. Aguilar: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Aguilar flied out to deep right
    • M. Moustakas: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Moustakas struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Chacin Pitching:
    • J. Winker: Foul, Ball, Winker flied out to shallow left
    • J. Votto: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Votto struck out looking
    • Y. Puig: Puig flied out to right
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)