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Homers help Brewers escape sweep

Chacin exits early with injury

July 24, 2019 - 4:47 pm

MILWAUKEE – The Brewers salvaged the three-game series against the Reds, Wednesday, taking the final game 5-4 at Miller Park.

Insult and injury battered starter Jhoulys Chacin. The right-hander left the game after three innings pitched with right ribcage discomfort. On the hook for the loss when he left the game, Chacin surrendered four runs, three earned, on six hits and a walk. The Brewers’ bats, though, picked him up.

Ryan Braun got the Brewers on the board, and evened the score, in the bottom of the first inning. His 15th home run of the season plated Yasmani Grandal, who reached first via walk the previous at bat, for the first two runs.

The Crew went on to their first lead of the afternoon with a three-run fifth inning. Keston Hiura got it started with his 10th home run of the season – a solo shot to lead off the inning. Later in the frame, Yasmani Grandal drove in Orlando Arcia and Lorenzo Cain with a two-out single.

Chacin out of the picture, Alex Claudio, Matt Albers and Junior Guerra filled the middle innings before giving way to Josh Hader.

Pitch count interfering with Hader’s bid at a three-inning save, No. 71 headed to the dugout after two scoreless. It set up Freddy Peralta for his first career save.

Three up, three down went the Reds batters in the ninth inning, Peralta sealing the deal with two strikeouts on 19 pitches.

Brewers Box in Brief

W: Matt Albers (5-3), S: Freddy Peralta (1)

HR: Ryan Braun (15), Keston Hiura (10)

RBI: Braun 2 (48), Grandal 2 (54), Huira (24)