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Frazier's walk-off in extras completes Reds' comeback

May 4, 2014


CINCINNATI -- The Brewers are coming back to earth and the Reds are coming back to life.

Todd Frazier's double drove in the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning on Sunday as Cincinnati outlasted Milwaukee, 4-3, at Great American Ball Park. The Reds (15-16) took three of four in the series and pulled within 5 1/2 games of the Brewers (21-11), who came to Cincinnati with baseball's best record. 

Milwaukee reliever Tyler Thornburg (3-1) walked Chris Heisey on four pitches with two outs in the 10th to get the Reds' rally started. Frazier then got ahead in the count 2-0 before sending a line-drive skipping to the left-field corner. Heisey raced around from first and scored well ahead of the throw.

The Reds continue to right the ship after a 3-8 start and can look forward to All-Star closer Aroldis Chapman returning from the disabled list this week.

Brandon Phillips tied the game with a solo homer in the eighth. Phillips, who received his 2013 Rawlings Gold Glove Award during a pregame ceremony, crushed the second pitch he saw from Milwaukee reliever Brandon Kintzler 425 feet, the ball bouncing off the grass beyond the center field fence as Phillips rounded the bases with the tying run.

Kyle Lohse, Milwaukee's veteran right-hander, allowed two runs over 6 1/3 innings. Lohse, 35, was making his 16th career start against the Reds and 23rd career start at Great American Ball Park.

Brayan Pena got Cincinnati on the board when he led off the third inning with a home run to right, his third of the season. Phillips doubled to left in the fourth inning and came home when Frazier ended a seven-pitch battle with Lohse by belting a high sacrifice fly to right.

As far as the Reds' offense goes, that was about it until Phillips went deep. Golden opportunities for Cincinnati evaporated in both the sixth and seventh innings. Hits by Joey Votto and Heisey sandwiched around a walk to Phillips loaded the bases in the sixth. But Frazier smacked a line-drive directly into the glove of Milwaukee second baseman Scooter Gennett, who immediately flipped the ball to shortstop Jean Segura. Phillips, who had already taken a couple steps toward third, had no chance to get back before Segura stepped on the bag for the third out.

There were runners at the corners and one out in the seventh when Jay Bruce was sent up to pinch-hit against Milwaukee reliever Will Smith. Bruce, scratched from the starting lineup earlier in the day with a sore left knee, flailed at three straight pitches for the second out and Skip Schumaker was retired on a fly ball to left.

Reds starter Alfredo Simon held the Brewers relatively in check, allowing three runs over seven innings. Two scored via solo homers by Gennett and Khris Davis. The other came when Carlos Gomez led off the third inning with a double and scored on Jonathan Lucroy's RBI single up the middle.

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