CINCINNATI (AP) - Bryan Price didn’t want to use Caleb Cotham on Saturday night. He had no choice and Aaron Hill made Price pay.
Hill hit a grand slam in Milwaukee’s seven-run 10th inning for his third homer of the game, and the Brewers snapped a three-game losing streak with a 13-7 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday night.
Hill belted a two-run shot in the sixth and a tying solo shot in the eighth, helping Milwaukee erase a 6-2 deficit. The second baseman set career highs and matched franchise records with the three homers and seven RBIs.
Pinch-hitter Jonathan Villar added a two-run double in the 10th as the Brewers snapped the Reds’ three-game winning streak.
Jeremy Jeffress (1-0) got the win by pitching a scoreless ninth. Cotham (0-2) failed to record an out in the 10th and was charged with five runs and five hits, including Hill’s second career grand slam.
Price only used Cotham because Tony Cingrani and Blake Wood were even more taxed.
“I can’t go to the well every day with the same guys,” Price said. “I didn’t want to use Cotham, but I wanted to take one shot with him. It didn’t work out.”
Cincinnati second baseman Brandon Phillips extended his homer streak to a career-high four games with two solo shots. Billy Hamilton produced two runs with his speed, but the Reds’ shaky bullpen collapsed again.
Phillips’ drive to left field in the third inning gave the Reds a 4-0 lead. He also homered in the 10th.
Cincinnati left-hander Brandon Finnegan allowed five runs, three earned, and seven hits in five-plus innings.
Finnegan, who left his last start with hamstring problems, helped himself with a second-inning RBI single, but he served up leadoff homers to Ryan Braun in the fourth and Jonathan Lucroy in the sixth before Hill’s two-run shot knocked him out of the game.
His hamstring wasn’t the issue, Finnegan said.
“I didn’t have my best stuff,” Finnegan said. “I tried to battle through with what I had.”
Milwaukee’s Jimmy Nelson set season highs by allowing five earned runs and six overall in five innings.
Hamilton got the Reds off to a fast start in the first. He walked and stole second with one out. He swiped an uncovered third base with two outs, jumping up and scoring when catcher Lucroy’s throw was mishandled by late-arriving third baseman Hernan Perez.
Hamilton, running on the pitch, scored from first on Joey Votto’s single to left-center in the fifth.
Reds 1B Votto and 2B Phillips made their 1,000th career start with the Reds on Saturday, the most by any set of active infielders. They were part of a Cincinnati starting lineup and batting order that, except for the pitcher, was the same for a season-high third consecutive game.
Finnegan’s second-inning RBI single snapped a stretch of 36 consecutive hitless at-bats by Reds pitchers, their longest since they were 0 for 40 from July 20 to Aug. 11, 2010. Their last hits were Finnegan’s single and double on April 16 at St. Louis.
Braun’s home run was the 31st of his career against the Reds, more than any player in the major leagues since his debut in 2007. It was his 19th at Great American Ball Park, more than he’s hit at any other ballpark except Miller Field.
The Reds announced after the game that outfielder Scott Schebler had been optioned to Louisville and that they planned to promote OF Kyle Waldrop before Sunday’s game.
Brewers: OF Domingo Santana was scratched with shoulder tightness that had kept him out of four of the Brewers’ five previous games.
Reds: RHP Jon Moscot was placed on the 15-day DL, retroactive to Tuesday, with soreness in the surgically repaired left shoulder he dislocated last season.
Brewers: RHP Junior Guerra (1-0) is scheduled to make his second start of the season in Sunday’s finale of the four-game series. Guerra got the win in his first major league start on Tuesday against the Angels.
Reds: LHP John Lamb (0-0) is scheduled to make his second start of the season and third career appearance against Milwaukee. Lamb compiled a 6.17 ERA in two starts last season against the Brewers.
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