MILWAUKEE — A rare offensive burst, solid starting pitching and stellar defence provided the Cincinnati Reds needed relief from their early-season woes.
Billy Hamilton drove in three runs and the Reds ended an eight-game losing streak with a 10-4 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday night.
“A win is salve regardless of how early or late you are in the season,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. “A win makes everyone feel better.”
The Reds won for just the third time in 16 games. Cincinnati is tied with Kansas City for the fewest wins in the majors.
Price praised the Reds’ defence, specifically the play of infielders Phil Gosselin and Scooter Gennett, which he said “never really allowed Milwaukee to get too excited about what was going on.”
The Reds also got a strong outing from starter Luis Castillo (1-2), who entered having allowed 13 earned runs in 16 innings over three starts this season. He shut out the Brewers for six innings before allowing four runs in the seventh.
Castillo went 6 2/3 innings, giving up five hits while striking out eight and walking three.
“I was focused on going after the hitters and I was trying to make my pitches on the corners,” Castillo said through a translator.
The Reds jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second inning on Tucker Barnhart’s RBI single and Hamilton’s two-run single.
Cincinnati broke the game open in the sixth, scoring six runs and hitting four doubles off reliever Oliver Drake. The Reds sent 10 batters to the plate.
The first run scored on back-to-back doubles by Adam Duvall and Gennett. …read more