Reds 9, Brewers 1

Andrew Wagner, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange


MILWAUKEE -- Homer Bailey struck out eight and the Reds took advantage of nine walks to earn a series split with a 9-1 victory over the Brewers Sunday afternoon at Miller Park.
Cincinnati did its damage in two innings, opening the second with four straight singles and taking a 5-0 lead on Brandon Phillips' two-run single off Brewers starter Wily Peralta.
Peralta (8-13) retired six of the next seven but got into trouble in the fifth, opening with a leadoff walk to Phillips, who moved to second on a wild pitch and to third on Jay Bruce's fly ball to right.
Chris Heisey made it a 6-0 game on a line drive to left and Peralta gave way to Tyler Thornburg after allowing eight hits and walking four with four strikeouts.
Thornburg didn't fare much better. Moved to the bullpen after a strong, six-inning effort Wednesday at Texas, the young right-hander allowed just one hit but surrendered five walks in his 1 1/3-inning stint Sunday.
He took over with one on and one out, but immediately walked his first batter, Jack Hannahan and allowed another run on Ryan Hanigan's single to center. Bailey's sacrifice bunt moved runners to second and third and Shin-Soo Choo's walk loaded the bases with two out.
Thornburg walked the next two batters, each driving in a run, before ending the inning on Phillips' fly ball to center.
In all, the Reds had 10 hits off Brewers' pitchers, all of them singles.
All that offense made Bailey's (8-10) eight-inning day all the easier. He allowed just three hits and walked one to win his third consecutive decision.
Milwaukee's only run came in the fifth, on Khris Davis' sixth home run of the season.
NOTES: Carlos Gomez was able to resume baseball activities Sunday, three days after spraining his knee in a collision with the center field wall at Miller Park. Gomez took part in pre-game workouts, played catch and took dry swings in the batting cage but likely won't take regular batting practice until later in the week. ... Ryan Hanigan was back behind the plate Sunday for Cincinnati, his fourth start at catcher since returning from the disabled list August 9. ... Aramis Ramirez was not in the lineup for the first time since returning from the disabled list Tuesday. In five games, Ramirez went 1-for-16 at the plate. ... Reds left-hander Sean Marshall, out since May 24 with tendonitis in his left shoulder, will resume a throwing program Monday. Right-hander Johnny Cueto, meanwhile, is still not ready to throw. An MRI revealed his strained right lat is only about 75 percent healed. He'll continue working on strengthening the muscle and get reexamined in about a week. Cueto has been on the disabled list since June 29