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Brewers beat Reds on HR in 9th
, AP Sports Writer
Saturday, August 17, 2013 5:00 AM
MILWAUKEE - Jonathan Lucroy hit a two-run homer off Aroldis Chapman in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Milwaukee Brewers a 7-6 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night.
Jean Segura sparked the winning rally when he beat out a leadoff chopper to shortstop for his third hit. Lucroy then drove a 1-2 pitch to left for his 17th homer, snapping Cincinnati's five-game winning streak.
Chapman (3-5) had converted each of his last six save opportunities.
Todd Frazier had three hits and matched a career high with four RBIs for Cincinnati, which lost out on an opportunity to leapfrog St. Louis for second place in the top-heavy NL Central. The Reds trail division-leading Pittsburgh by 3 1/2 games, and the Cardinals are three back after a 7-0 loss to the Chicago Cubs.
With two outs and runners on the corners in the seventh, Frazier dropped a single right in front of left fielder Khris Davis to give Cincinnati a 6-5 lead. Frazier also singled in a pair of runs in the first and belted a solo shot in the fourth for his 12th homer.
Lucroy finished with three hits and three RBIs for Milwaukee, which had lost three of four. Davis had two hits, including a two-run double, and John Axford (6-6) pitched a scoreless inning for the win.
Milwaukee scored three times in the third to take a 4-2 lead, but Frazier's leadoff drive got Cincinnati within one and Chris Heisey put the Reds in front again when he connected in the fifth. Heisey's sixth homer came after Shin-Soo Choo reached on a leadoff single.
Segura tied it with an RBI single against Alfredo Simon in the sixth, then got the Brewers started in the ninth. The speedy Segura leads the NL with 148 hits.
Reds righty Mike Leake allowed four runs and nine hits in five innings. He is winless in his last four starts.
The Reds' J.J. Hoover got two outs to extend his scoreless streak to 22 games and 25 2-3 innings.
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