MILWAUKEE (AP) — The throws that Milwaukee Brewers starter Matt Garza would like to take back most from his outing Friday night have nothing to do with his performance on the mound.
The right-handed veteran had two of Milwaukee's four errors in a 6-5 loss to the Cincinnati Reds, throwing miscues that came back to haunt Garza even after his team rallied to tie from a four-run deficit.
But Billy Hamilton drove in the go-ahead run with a single in the ninth inning and closer Aroldis Chapman tossed a 1-2-3 bottom of the ninth to finally shut down the Brewers.
Garza went seven innings and allowed seven hits and five runs, one earned. But the errors still irritated him after the game.
"The guys battled back and we lost it late, but we should have never been in that spot," Garza said. "My stuff was too good tonight to do something dumb like that."
Hamilton lined his single to right off Francisco Rodriguez (2-2), the Brewers' closer pitching in a non-save situation. The hit spoiled a special night for Milwaukee, which unveiled its Wall of Honor before the game. Hall of Famer Hank Aaron and baseball Commissioner Bud Selig — the Brewers' former owner — were among dignitaries at Miller Park.
Milwaukee rallied from a four-run deficit in the seventh on Carlos Gomez's RBI double.
"Billy came up big time," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "That's a huge hit ... and certainly set the table for Chapman to come in and do his thing."
Jonathan Broxton (2-0) tossed a scoreless eighth for the win, while Chapman got his 11th save.
The Brewers nearly overcame their sloppy play. Garza's second error came after fielding a bunt by Reds starter Homer Bailey after calling off first baseman Mark Reynolds. His hard throw sailed wide of first and into the stands.
Garza put his hands on his hips in frustration after his second error of the game, but the trouble was just starting to brew.
Errors "hurt him today," manager Ron Roenicke said. "Too bad because he had really good stuff today."
Bailey later scored on Joey Votto's single. Votto came around for a four-run lead after Jay Bruce's double wasn't fielded cleanly by Khris Davis, who was charged with an error.
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