CINCINNATI -- Yovani Gallardo couldn't get his pitches to go where he wanted, setting up another long, draining loss for the Brewers.
Brandon Phillips' well-placed left knee didn't help, either.Phillips homered and made a spectacular rally-busting play -- using his left knee to get a forceout and start a double play -- as the Cincinnati Reds beat Milwaukee 4-3 on Friday night.Phillips had an RBI single off Gallardo (3-2) and added a solo homer in the seventh after making a saving play in the top of the inning. With two Brewers aboard, he got to Ryan Braun's grounder up the middle, tagged second base with his left knee while falling down and threw to first for a double play."Phillips -- we've seen him make some great plays," manager Ron Roenicke said. "I didn't think Braun was going to hit into a double play, and Phillips makes another highlight play."Milwaukee got solo homers from Jean Segura and Braun, but lost for the seventh time in eight games. Gallardo's rough start set the Brewers behind right from the start.The Reds won for the fifth time in seven games. Cincinnati is 14-6 at Great American Ball Park, the most home wins in the majors.Alfredo Simon (3-1) threw two innings in relief of rookie left-hander Tony Cingrani. Aroldis Chapman gave up a run in the ninth -- Norichika Aoki singled and came around on a pair of wild pitches -- while getting his eighth save in as many chances.Carlos Gomez went 0 for 4 and grounded into a double play, ending his hitting streak at a career-best 14 games.Neither Gallardo nor Cingrani lasted more than four innings on a wet night, testing both bullpens' depth. Both were stingy, but Cincinnati's had a one-run lead to hold. Reds relievers allowed three hits and four walks in five innings.The Brewers gave up eight hits and nine walks overall."Just one of those things where my mechanics were out of whack," said Gallardo, who walked five. "There's no defense against walks."It's tough. I felt right for a few hitters, then I'd fall out of it right away. Obviously you're not going to go deep in the game with all those walks."The Reds pulled ahead 2-0 in the third on Phillips' two-out RBI single and Jay Bruce's double off Aoki's glove in right field. Bruce improved to .419 against Gallardo.Zack Cozart's RBI single in the fourth put the Reds up 3-2. Gallardo gave up five hits in his four innings, throwing 100 pitches."Normally I try to take something positive out of every one I have, but there's nothing to take out of this one," Gallardo said.Cingrani has relied on his fastball to retire batters, getting a lot of strikeouts while piling up high pitch counts. He's also given up a lot of homers -- six in five starts, tied with Bronson Arroyo for the team lead.Segura led off the fourth with a homer that barely eluded the top of Bruce's glove in right field and bounced off the top of the wall before continuing into the stands. Braun homered to right field on the next pitch, giving him eight overall and a season-high 11-game hitting streak.Cingrani lasted only four innings, giving up five hits and two walks while throwing 85 pitches. It was the third time in the Reds' last four games that their starter lasted five innings or less.The Reds activated catcher Ryan Hanigan off the disabled list before the series opener. Hanigan, the Reds' best defensive catcher, had been sidelined since April 21 by a strained left oblique. Hanigan had a pair of singles and made a diving catch behind the plate on Segura's sacrifice bunt attempt.
Steady rain fell through the early innings. .... The Reds designated C Corky Miller for assignment, opening a roster spot. ... OF Chris Heisey is expected to start a rehab assignment soon. He's been sidelined since April 29 by a pulled right hamstring. ... Cingrani picked Aoki off first base in the third inning. Aoki reached in all five plate appearances but scored only once. ... RH Hiram Burgos (1-0) starts Saturday against the Reds, who go with Mat Latos (3-0).---Follow Joe Kay on Twitter: http://twitter.com/apjoekay
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