Lucroy's 2-run HR starts big inning as Brewers beat Reds 9-1

CINCINNATI — Jonathan Lucroy's two-run homer started Milwaukee's big third inning, and the Brewers rolled to a 9-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday night with their best offensive showing in nearly two months.

The bottom two teams in the NL Central have split the first two games of their series.

Lucroy connected off left-hander John Lamb (1-7) as he continued taking advantage of the last-place Reds. The All-Star catcher is 14 for 31 (.452) against Cincinnati this season, with five of his 12 homers and 15 RBIs.

Lamb and reliever Keyvius Sampson needed 53 pitches to get through the third as the Brewers sent 11 batters to the plate and piled up five hits, three walks and five runs for a 9-0 lead.

The Brewers hadn't scored nine runs in a game since May 27, when they beat the Reds 9-5.

Hernan Perez also hit a two-run homer off Lamb, who gave up nine runs and nine hits.