The Brewers came out of the Reds in battle for the lead in NL Central

July 24, 2023; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Christian Yelich (22) reacts after being dunked with Gatorade after a game against the Cincinnati Reds at American Family Field. Image: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Christian Yelich excelled in Alexis Diaz’s win loop in the ninth inning to give the Milwaukee Brewers a 3-2 walk-off win over the visiting Cincinnati Reds on Monday night in the opener of a three-game series

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Blake Perkins walked four pitches to open the ninth for Diaz (3-2), who entered the game to start the inning. Jesse Winker, who entered to hit .194, followed up with a single pinch-hit to right.

Yelich then set up a 1-0 shot to right to score Perkins’ goal from second place, snapping the Reds’ five-match winning streak.

Milwaukee, who swept three games in Cincinnati to open the second half, is 1 1/2 games ahead of the Reds in National League Central

Rookie Sal Frelick, who went 4-for-6 in his first two games since being called up Saturday from Triple-A Nashville, led the Brewers to even go 2-2 to one in game six with his first career home run, a 384-foot solo shot to right.

Elly De La Cruz put the Reds up 2-1 in third with his sixth homer of the season from starter Colin Rea. Tyler Stephenson took one hole to open the inning. After Will Benson went on offense, De La Cruz ripped the first pitch 456 feet to right center

The Brewers had runners in the corners in the bottom half of the third but lost by a costly error. Willy Adames broke for second when Frelick struck, but a throw-in to second and back home saw William Contreras try to score from third to end the inning.

Milwaukee took a quick 1-0 lead when Christian Yelich walked to open the first set, then stole second before Contreras followed with an RBI to center.

Joey Wiemer hit a home run away from De La Cruz in the game’s opening at-bat with a jump over the wall in center field.

–Field Level Media

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