It appeared for a moment that Reds first basemen Joey Votto was going to be the hero at Miller Park Monday night. With the Brewers leading 4-3 in the top of the 9th, Votto was a the plate with a runner on and 2-outs facing Milwaukee closer Francisco Rodriguez. Votto lifted a towering, deep fly ball to center field that had home run distance. The only problem was Milwaukee outfielder Carlos Gomez tracked it down, leaped at the wall and secured the catch over the fence to give the Brewers the win.
It was the 4th time this year Gomez has robbed an opposing player of a home run. No other player in baseball has done it more than twice. It was an ending to a game that Brewers Manager Ron Roenicke had never seen before…
AUDIO: Ron Roenicke on the ending :09Brewers starter Kyle Lohse improved his record to 5-6 on the season with another quality start. Lohse lasted 6 2/3 innings allowing 3-runs on 9-hits. He left the game in the 7th with a 4-2 lead and 2-on giving way to the bullpen. John Axford surrendered a hit giving the Reds a run but then recorded the final out of the inning to preserve the 4-3 lead. After Jim Henderson pitched a scoreless 8th inning, Rodriguez earned his 9th save of the season with the scoreless 9th inning.
Offensively, Jean Segura added 3-hits while Rickie Weeks and Juan Francisco pitched in with 2-hits a piece. Also, Jonathan Lucroy pushed his home run total to 11 for the season connecting on a long ball for the 3rd straight game.
The Brewers and Reds play the second of their 3-game series Tuesday night as Wily Peralta hurls against Cincinnati’s Tony Cingrani. First pitch is 7:10.