A bad inning does in Reds in 7-3 loss to Brewers

Jimmy Nelson
Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Jimmy Nelson throws during the third inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Saturday, July 4, 2015, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

CINCINNATI (AP) — Rookie Josh Smith tied a Cincinnati franchise record that had stood for 108 years. It’s one no pitcher wants a part of.

Smith hit four batters to tie the Reds’ game record set by Jake Weimer in 1907. Smith (0-2) allowed five hits and five runs with three walks and two strikeouts in 4 1-3 innings.

It was a six-run fifth inning that did in Smith and the Reds.

A disputed call also contributed to the Brewers’ cause in the big inning.

With the score 2-1, Ryan Braun was ruled safe on a steal attempt by third base umpire Tony Randazzo. The Reds challenged and the call was upheld.

Reds catcher Brayan Pena was ejected for continuing to argue the call.

“I was heated up,” Pena said. “It was clear on the big screen that (third baseman Todd) Frazier tagged him. In my opinion the call changed the game. There would have been two outs and nobody on. You saw what happened.”

Smith walked a batter and hit Carlos Gomez, who left the game with a left wrist contusion.

Three straight singles off reliever Ryan Mattheus contributed to the rally.

“It was a struggle in general,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. “They had 11 hits and 23 base runners. Smith wasn’t trying to hit anybody but he was a bit erratic.”

Smith was having a better start than the first two in his brief career.

“That can’t happen,” Smith said. “I’m trying to pitch in and the ball got away. Until that inning, I was throwing more first-pitch strikes.”

Jimmy Nelson won his career-best third consecutive start and the Brewers won their seventh straight.

Six Brewers each drove in one run as Milwaukee extended its longest winning streak in more than a year. Adam Lind homered and Jean Segura had three hits for Milwaukee, which has scored 47 runs in the first six games of the current road trip.

The winning streak is the Brewers’ longest since they won nine straight from April 4-13, 2014.

Nelson (6-8) overcame solo home runs by Marlon Byrd and Ivan De Jesus Jr. to last 5 2-3 innings. He gave up eight hits and three runs with one walk and five strikeouts.

Michael Blazek, Will Smith, Jeremy Jeffress and Jonathan Broxton combined for 3 1-3 innings of shutout relief.

Milwaukee tied the franchise game record for most batters hit in one game. It happened twice previously.

Milwaukee broke open a 1-1 game with the big fifth inning that saw 12 batters go to the plate and consecutive bases-loaded singles by Aramis Ramirez, Segura and Scooter Gennett. It was capped by Jonathan Lucroy’s bases-loaded walk. Braun sparked the eruption with a run-scoring single, and another run scored on Mattheus’ balk.

Byrd gave Cincinnati a 1-0 lead in the second inning and extended his hitting streak to nine games with a 398-foot homer into the seats in left-center field.

Lind tied it with his 13th homer leading off the fourth inning.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Brewers: Gomez had X-rays on his wrist and they were negative. He was listed as day-to-day.

Reds: RHP Raisel Iglesias, sidelined since June 15 with a strained left oblique, is scheduled to make his second rehab start on Sunday for Triple-A Louisville at Indianapolis. Iglesias pitched three innings against Syracuse on Tuesday.

UP NEXT

Brewers: Rookie RHP Taylor Jungmann (2-1, 2.79) will try in his sixth career start to complete Milwaukee’s first sweep of a series in Cincinnati since Sept. 16-18, 2011. The 6-foot-6 Jungmann made his first career start on June 9.

Reds: RHP Mike Leake (5-4, 4.38) will try to bounce back from allowing nine hits and seven runs in four innings in Cincinnati’s 11-7 win over Minnesota on Monday.

DOUBLE TROUBLE

Frazier tied a career-high with four hits, including two doubles. It was the third time in his career that he had four hits in a game. Frazier was on pace to hit 45 doubles and 51 home runs before the game. He has 25 home runs and 24 doubles on the season.

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