Orlando Arcia ripped a three-run double in the fourth inning as the Milwaukee Brewers completed their second straight series sweep with a 5-3 victory over the host Cincinnati Reds on Thursday afternoon.
Ben Gamel and Manny Pina each added an RBI double and Chase Anderson (8-4) allowed one run on five hits with two walks and two strikeouts over five innings for the Brewers (89-70), who have won seven in a row and 18 of their last 20 contests.
Milwaukee moved one game behind idle St. Louis for first place in the National League Central and pulled within a half-game of Washington for the top NL wild-card spot. The Nationals were playing Philadelphia later on Thursday.
Rookie Aristides Aquino belted a first-inning solo home run among his three hits for the Reds (73-86), who played host to Hall of Fame radio broadcaster Marty Brennaman’s final game of his 46-year career with the team. Brennaman, 77, announced in January that he would retire after the season.
Kyle Farmer’s run-scoring single in the sixth inning and Jose Iglesias’ RBI double in the eighth trimmed the Brewers’ lead to 5-3; however, Josh Hader got the final four outs to secure his 37th save of the season.
Cincinnati right-hander Luis Castillo (15-8) walked the bases loaded in the fourth inning before Arcia lined a shot to left-center field that popped out of the glove of rookie outfielder Josh VanMeter, who compounded the issue by failing to locate the ball.
Arcia didn’t wait on second base for long, as he came home after Gamel followed with a double to left field to give Milwaukee a 4-1 lead.
Castillo went five innings, giving up five runs on five hits with eight strikeouts and four walks.
Pina, who entered the game in the second in place of Eric Thames (hamstring), tacked on another run in the fifth inning as his double to left field plated Yasmani Grandal.
Aquino deposited a 1-1 offering from Anderson just inside the left field foul pole to open the scoring in the first inning. Aquino’s homer was his 18th since being called up from the minors on Aug. 1 and served as the 223rd for the Reds, breaking their single-season record.
—Field Level Media