- Associated Press - Saturday, May 28, 2016

MILWAUKEE (AP) - While the losses pile up for the Cincinnati Reds, pitcher John Lamb remains hopeful that his team can catch a few breaks.

A better start from Lamb on Friday night would have helped.

Aaron Hill hit two solo homers, Jonathan Lucroy added a solo shot and drove in three runs, and the Milwaukee Brewers outslugged Cincinnati for a 9-5 victory Friday night, handing the Reds their 11th straight loss.

The Brewers, who won their fourth straight, chipped away at an early three-run deficit before surging ahead with a four-run fourth. Hill homered to left off Lamb (0-3) to lead off the inning, and Lucroy capped the scoring with an RBI ground-rule double.

“So we’ve just got to keep fighting, keep fighting to make better pitches and keep the counts in his favor and really focus on execution with confidence,” manager Bryan Price said.

It was another night to forget on the mound for the Reds, who had a 6.85 ERA in the 10 losses before their latest defeat. Lamb was shelled for six runs and seven hits in 3 2/3 innings in losing his third straight start.

“Hope that we start catching some breaks,” Lamb said. “Beyond that, continue to trust our abilities, go out there and play the game. Personally speaking, I’m hopeful for a good day at the office. Just day-by-day, doing what we can do.”

For outfielder Jay Bruce, the answer to the Reds’ problems sounds simple.

“‘Try Hard’ doesn’t always get the job done. Getting the job done gets the job done. We’re not doing that,” Bruce said.

GOOD NEWS

Any bit of good news will help in these dark days for Cincinnati.

Milwaukee’s Zach Davies (2-3) allowed six hits and five runs over 5 2/3 innings. Three runs that scored on Adam Duvall’s first-inning homer were unearned after a postgame scoring change took away a two-out double from the previous hitter, Bruce, and gave outfielder Ramon Flores an error.

For Duvall, it was his eighth homer in May to give him a team-high 10.

“But he has been a real pleasant part of our ball club, not just that, but the way he’s gone and moved around in the outfield. He’s been good out there,” Price said.

The right-hander retired 10 straight after Duvall’s homer. Davies gave up a solo shot to Joey Votto in the sixth.

BIG HILL

Hill’s second homer came in the fifth off reliever Dayan Diaz for a three-run lead. Five of Hill’s six homers this season have come against the Reds, including a three-homer game on May 7, in Cincinnati.

“It’s not anything about who you’re playing. It’s sticking with the process of your work ethic and trying to stay as consistent as you can with your work ethic,” the 12-year veteran said.

Hill and Jonathan Villar both had three hits, two runs and two RBIs.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Reds: RHP Anthony DeSclafani (left oblique) is scheduled to make his next rehab start at Triple-A Louisville on Monday. … RHP Raisel Iglesias (right shoulder), on the DL since May 1, was scheduled to throw a side session on Friday at the Reds’ spring training complex in Arizona.

Brewers: LHP Will Smith (right knee) was moving to Double-A Biloxi for his rehab assignment, where he will throw consecutive days starting Sunday. Manager Craig Counsell said the reliever could be activated from the DL during a four-game series next week at Philadelphia, if not sooner.

UP NEXT

Reds: RHP Alfredo Simon (1-5) has allowed 15 earned runs in 9 1/3 innings over his last two starts, both losses.

Brewers: RHP Chase Anderson (2-6) is 2-1 with a 2.45 ERA in four career starts against the Reds.

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