CINCINNATI (AP) — Willy Adames homered and drove in four runs as the Milwaukee Brewers rallied to beat the Cincinnati Reds 11-6 on Friday night.
Adames had a two-run shot in the fifth inning and then doubled home two more in a five-run eighth that buried the Reds.
After losing three straight to the Reds in Milwaukee before the All-Star break, the Brewers won the first of a three-game set in Cincinnati and pushed their lead in the NL Central back to five games.
With the Reds leading 5-3 in the sixth, Luis Urías hit an RBI double against Tyler Mahle. Reliever Amir Garrett (0-3) came in and Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a bouncing ball deep into the shift that second baseman Jonathan India misplayed, allowing Urías to race home with the tying run.
Kolten Wong, playing his first game since coming off the injured list, singled home Bradley for the Brewers’ first lead of the night.
Reliever Brent Suter (9-4) allowed an unearned run in the fifth.
Urías hit a one-out homer in the eighth, Adames drove in two with a double, and two more runs scored on wild pitches by Ryan Hendrix to give Milwaukee a six-run lead.
Avisaíl García also homered for Milwaukee.
Tyler Naquin and Eugenio Suárez hit two-run doubles and Aristides Aquini homered for the Reds, who lost for the third time in the last 12 games.
Brewers: LHP Antoine Kelly (shoulder) started a rehab assignment on Tuesday at the Arizona Complex League. RHP Dylan File (elbow) also is rehabbing there.
Reds: All-Star RF Nick Castellanos was replaced after getting hit in the arm with a pitch in the third inning. … RHP Michael Lorenzen (shoulder) was activated from the injured list Friday. … RHP Art Warren (left oblique strain) went on the 10-day injured list. … RHP Jeff Hoffman (shoulder) is expected to wind up his rehab and could get a start next week against the New York Mets, manager David Bell said. … RHP Sonny Gray (rib cage strain) is expected to start Sunday after landing on the injured list July 8.
The Brewers send All-Star right-hander Brandon Woodruff (7-4, 2.06 ERA) to face Reds right-hander Luis Castillo (3-10, 4.65) on Saturday night. The hurlers started against one another on Sunday but neither figured in the decision. Woodruff worked six scoreless innings and Castillo gave up a run in 5 1/3.
Francona OK with changes
OAKLAND — Manager Terry Francona is OK with seven-inning doubleheaders and the automatic runner on second base in extra-inning games.
It is surprising because in most things baseball Francona is a traditionalist. He even told reporters on Friday’s Zoom call that the automatic runner makes things kind of fun.
“Sometimes as you get a little older, you’re not sure how you’re going to necessarily adjust to things like that, but I have no problem with it,” said Francona.
He has a different view of Commissioner Rob Manfred suggesting that infield shifts could be banned or curtailed.
“I’m not a big fan when they tell you how to compete,” said Francona. “I will probably always feel that way. They’re trying to get more offense in the game, I understand that.
“But you seem like you’re rewarding guys that don’t use the whole field. That, to me, doesn’t make sense. We’re trying to get guys back to using the whole field because you’ll get rewarded for it, for hitting correctly. Now all of a sudden guys can pull the ball and you’re going to get rewarded for it.
“I think it’s a little backward. But they won’t ask me, and I will have nothing to say about it. But I’m not a big fan of when they tell you how you can compete. Same thing with the bullpens.”
Francona’s comment about bullpen refers to the three-batter rule that says a pitcher must face three batters when he enters the game.
MLB and the players association agreed to seven-inning doubleheaders and the automatic runner on second base to protect players during the pandemic. Manfred said those two rule changes are likely to be dropped sometime after this season.
Tigers-Twins rained out
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Tigers and Minnesota Twins’ doubleheader scheduled for Friday has been postponed due to rain.
The first game will be made up as part of a split doubleheader today, with the second game being made up as an afternoon game on Monday, Aug. 30.
Detroit will start José Ureña (2-8, 6.43 ERA) in the first game today and throw a bullpen game in the nightcap. Minnesota will give Charlie Barnes his major league debut in the 1 p.m. game and start Kenta Maeda (4-3, 4.66) in the evening game.
The Twins swept the Tigers in a four-game series in Minnesota before the All-Star break.