CINCINNATI (AP) — That Ryan Braun torments the Cincinnati Reds is an old story. Eric Thames is just getting started.
hit a go-ahead, two-run homer, Thames added a solo shot for his fifth
home run of the series and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Reds 4-2
Sunday for their fifth win in six games.
Thames reached on a
fielding error by Arismendy Alcantara in the third inning — the second
baseman's second error of the game — and scored on Braun's 37th homer
against the Reds. Braun has 22 at Great American Ball Park, one behind
Lance Berkman's mark for visiting players.
"Ryan's had success
here," manager Craig Counsell said. "He knows he's had success. That
promotes a great feeling when he's heading to Cincinnati."
Shaw followed four pitches later with a solo homer off Sal Romano (0-1),
who started in place of injured Rookie Davis and lasted three innings
in his major league debut.
Thames homered in the seventh against
Tim Adleman, his sixth this season. Thames and former-Red Aaron Boone in
2003 are the only players in the 15-year history of Great American Ball
Park to hit five home runs in a four-game series.
that just happens," Thames said. "You can't control it. When I hit it, I
was like, 'Did I just hit another one? Oh, man. OK.'"
Counsell joked about Thames' success.
"Eric is going to try to stay in Cincinnati," the manager said. "I hope he carries it to the next Midwest city we play in."
has gotten at least one hit in all 10 of his starts and has a nine-game
hitting streak. The Brewers are scheduled to open a three-game series
against the World Series-champion Cubs in Chicago on Monday.
Peralta (3-0), who had seven wins last season, allowed two runs, three
hits and three walks in six innings, giving up Eugenio Suarez's two-run
homer in the fourth. Neftali Feliz struck out two in a perfect ninth for
his fourth save.
Peralta walked speedster Billy Hamilton leading off the game, but catcher Manny Pina threw Hamilton out stealing.
"That was a big play," Counsell said.
a 23-year-old right-hander, threw 35 pitches in the first inning and 82
in the game, allowing four walks, three hits and three runs with two
"It was overwhelming," he said. "It was a dream come
true. There is no describing how I felt walking out to the mound. I'm
not known to walk people. I have to keep pounding the strike zone. At
least I've got this out of the way. Being my first game I was pumped."
Manager Bryan Price thought Romano did a good job of controlling his emotions.
was a struggle for him," Price said. "It didn't represent the Sal
Romano that we know. We all had the concern that he would be blowing and
going. Most guys are amped up and come out of character. By the third,
he was fairly spent."
Left-hander Brandon Finnegan became the
fourth Reds starting pitcher to go on the disabled list and is expected
to miss at least a month because of a strained left shoulder. Finnegan
lasted just one inning of the Reds' 7-5 win over the Brewers on Saturday
and joined Davis on the 10-day disabled list Sunday. Right-handers
Homer Bailey and Anthony DeSclafani are on the 60-day disabled list.
Alcantara dropped Braun's foul popup in the first.
moved past Cecil Cooper into second place on Milwaukee's career RBIs
list with 945, trailing only Hall of Famer Robin Yount (1,406).
day after driving in the go-ahead runs with a double in Cincinnati's
7-5 win over Milwaukee, OF Jesse Winker was optioned to Triple-A
RHP Tim Adleman, 4-4 in 13 starts
with the Reds in 2016, was recalled to fortify Cincinnati's
injury-riddled staff. Seven of the eight Reds on the disabled list are
pitchers, including four starters.
2B Jonathan Villar was out of the lineup after starting the first 12
games and grounded out as a pinch hitter in the ninth.
RHP Chase Anderson (1-0) is slated to start Monday's series opener
against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field, where he has a 2.70 ERA in
two career starts.
Reds: Manager Bryan Price flipped starters
against Baltimore, and RHP Bronson Arroyo (0-2) will be on the mound
Tuesday, followed the next day by LHP Amir Garrett (2-0).