Milwaukee Brewers dig the long ball, hit two more to beat Cincinnati Reds 4-2

By Jeff Wallner, The Sports Xchange  |  April 16, 2017 at 4:40 PM
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CINCINNATI -- Ryan Braun hit a two-run home run, and Travis Shaw and Eric Thames added solo shots, lifting the Milwaukee Brewers to a 4-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds in the finale of a four-game series Sunday afternoon at Great American Ball Park.

The home run barrage continued for Milwaukee (7-6) which has homered in eight straight games and 20 times in 13 contests, and took three of four in the series.

Wily Peralta improved to 3-0 and Neftali Perez earned his fourth save.

Eugenio Suarez hit a two-run homer for Cincinnati.

Left-hander Sal Romano made his major league debut for the Reds but lasted just three innings. He had one of the best spring trainings among the pitchers competing for the final rotation spots but began the season at Triple-A to work more on his changeup.

After a dropped foul pop by second baseman Arismendy Alcantara helped extend the first inning, Romano pitched around a pair of walks in 35-pitch frame.

An Alcantara fielding error proceeded Braun's two-run homer, his fourth this season and 36th against the Reds in his career.

Shaw, who turned 27 on Sunday, followed with a solo home run that landed five rows from the top of the Sun Deck in right field, making the score 3-0.

Romano (0-1) had 82 pitches through three innings, just 39 for strikes.

Tim Adleman, who was recalled from Triple-A prior to the game to fill a spot in the rotation with Brandon Finnegan on the disabled list, took over for Romano and retired the first eight batters he faced.

Adleman got a huge assist from center fielder Billy Hamilton who made a sensational grab of Nick Franklin's drive to the warning track to end the sixth.

Cincinnati (8-5) cut into the Brewers' lead when Suarez launched a hanging slider from Peralta into the left-field bleachers for a two-run homer in the fourth.

Peralta gave up two earned runs and three hits through six innings, giving him a 2.65 ERA through three starts.

Thames hit his sixth home run in 11 games with the Brewers when he hit a solo homer in the seventh off Adleman. He became the only opposing player to homer five times in a four-game series at Great American Ball Park.

That was the only run and one of two hits allowed by Adleman during his four innings.

NOTES: Cincinnati optioned OF Jesse Winker to Triple-A Louisville on Sunday. He had a pinch-hit two-run double Saturday for his first career hit. ... Reds LHP Brandon Finnegan was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a strained left shoulder and RHP Tim Adleman and LHP Sal Romano were recalled from Triple-A. ... Brewers LF Ryan Braun moved into second place on the club's all-time RBI list, passing Cecil Cooper.

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