One night after the Milwaukee Brewers were shut down by Reds starter Matt Latos, it was Bronson Arroyo’s turn to take his shot at the Brewers.
Through 7-innings, Arroya was even better than Latos, taking a no-hit bid into the 8th inning against the Brewers. Arroya struck out the first batter and walked the second. That’s when Taylor Green stepped to the plate and broke up the no-hit bid with a 1-out double. Corey Hart followed with another double to cut the Reds lead to 3-2 before Norichka Aoki singled home the tying run to knock Arroyo out of the game.
But the Reds still won the game, 4-3 when Drew Stubbs led off the bottom of the 8th with a home run off of Brewers closer John Axford.
Jay Bruce gave the Reds a 3-0 lead in the sixth when Jay Bruce clubbed a 3-run homer off of Brewers starter Marco Estrada.
Estrada pitched very well in his return from the disabled list. He gave up just 5-hits while striking out 12 in six-innings.
Arroyo hit Ryan Braun with a pitch in the 1st and didn’t allow another base-runner until he walked George Kottaras to start the Brewers’ 8th inning rally.
Ron Roenicke went to closer John Axford in the bottom of the 8th and Drew Stubbs crushed an Axford fastball to dead center for a home run. It gave the Reds a 4-3 lead and the eventual 4-3 win. Axford falls to 1-5 with the loss.
The Brewers will try to salvage the final game of the series today. 11:35 is first pitch time.