Brewers rally to beat Reds 4-3, open 2-game NL Central lead

Raimel Tapia #3 of the Milwaukee Brewers celebrates with Quintin Berry #23 after hitting a single during the second inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on July 16, 2023, in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Jef

The Milwaukee Brewers opened a two-game lead over Cincinnati in the NL Central, overcoming a two-run deficit to beat the Reds for the fifth time in a six-game stretch, a 4-3 victory Sunday behind rookie Andruw Monasterio's tiebreaking single in a two-run eighth inning.

After taking two of three at home on the weekend before the All-Star break, the Brewers swept three games at the Reds. Milwaukee has a two-game lead for the first time since before play on May 25.

Christian Yelich hit his 14th home run in the third and cut Milwaukee's deficit to 3-2 with an RBI single in the fifth.

Jake Fraley hit a two-run homer for Cincinnati, which had been shut out in its previous three games.

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With the Reds leading 3-2, Willy Adams walked against Lucas Sims (3-2) starting the eighth and took third on Jesse Winker's single. Owen Miller hit a sacrifice fly, All-Star closer Alexis Díaz relieved and Raimel Tapia flied out.

Monasterio hit an opposite-field blooper that fell in front of Fraley in right as pinch runner Tyrone Taylor slid home ahead of a throw that was up the first-base line.

Hoby Milner (1-0) allowed one hit in two scoreless innings, and Devin Williams needed just nine pitches in a perfect ninth for his 23rd save in 25 chances.

Joey Votto ended Cincinnati's 28-inning scoreless streak with an RBI double in the second. Yelich homered in the third off Ben Lively., who was visited by athletic trainers during the fourth and replaced by Derek Law starting the fifth.

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Fraley put the Reds in front 3-1 with a two-run homer off Adrian Houser in the third.