CINCINNATI (AP) — Hunter Renfroe hit a pair of two-run homers and had a season-high five runs, leading the Milwaukee Brewers to their fourth straight win, 10-2 over the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday.
Renfroe’s shots brought Milwaukee’s homers against the Reds this season to 42, tied with the 2016 Cubs for the most of any team against Cincinnati in franchise history.
The Brewers (82-70) entered the game second in the NL Central, 7½ games behind the Cardinals and fourth in the wild card race. Milwaukee was two games behind San Diego for third and final place; the Padres were playing in Colorado.
Milwaukee has won four straight for the first time since July 26-30.
Renfroe tied his career high with four hits in support of Corbin Burnes (11-8). The defending Cy Young Award winner allowed four hits and two runs with three walks and eight strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings.
The Brewers outscored the plummeting Reds 20-6 in the first three games of the four-game series. Cincinnati (59-93) is a season high with 34 games under .500.
Reds infielder Alejo Lopez pitched the ninth and gave up Rowdy Tellez’ first homer.
Renfroe threw a Graham Ashcraft 3-2 pitch into the second deck from left field for a 2-1 lead in the fourth. The shot was Renfroe’s 26th of the season and first since Sept. 9 in Colorado.
Omar Narváez and Tyrone Taylor added back-to-back RBI singles as Milwaukee sent nine batters home in the inning.
The Reds activated Ashcraft (5-4) from the injured list (right bicep pain) for his first start since Aug. 19. The Brewers scored the rookie right-hander for eight hits and four runs with two strikeouts in four innings.
Brewers: CF Tyrone Taylor ran against the wall stalking Matt Reynolds’ first drive in the second. Taylor clung to the ball and limped slightly, but he stayed in the game.
Reds: Spencer Steer was hit in the right (back) foot by a Taylor Rogers pitch in the eighth. Steer stayed in the game. … RHP Art Warren had his ulnar collateral ligament repaired but not reconstructed, manager David Bell said on Saturday.
LHP Nick Lodolo (4-7, 3.90) allowed five hits and two runs with 11 strikeouts and no walks in eight innings in Cincinnati’s 8-2 win at Milwaukee on Sept. 9. RHP Freddie Peralta 4-3, 3.45) will make his first appearance since May 23. He was sidelined with inflammation in his right shoulder.
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