MILWAUKEE (AP) — After being shuttled between the major and minor leagues this season, Sean Halton took advantage of a late-season opportunity for some playing time with the Milwaukee Brewers.
Halton blasted a game-ending home run, the first of his big league career, to lift the Brewers to a 6-5 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday.
"As a kid growing up, I wanted to be a baseball player and a major leaguer. That's the top of the mountain," Halton said. "Nothing even comes close to this one, that's for sure. Especially off a team that is playing well and in the hunt. We've been playing that spoiler role lately."
Halton's home run with one out in the ninth came off reliever Zach Duke (1-2), the fifth Cincinnati pitcher. It was Halton's third homer of the season.
Halton's big blow came after Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez made a game-saving catch on a deep drive by Jay Bruce with two runners on base and two outs in the top of the ninth. Gomez extended over the center field fence to take away a home run from Bruce.
"(Gomez) makes a great play, again. We had great energy coming into the dugout after that play and it carried over to the offensive side," Halton said.
Cincinnati manager Dusty Baker was quick to point out that Gomez took away a potential home run when the Reds last visited Milwaukee.
"Same thing happened to us last time we came in. Gomez robbed us of a potential game-winning home run," Baker said. "I thought Jay got that ball."
Gomez also threw out Brandon Phillips at third base earlier in the game.
"I'm expecting (Bruce) to hit the ball to center field or the gap because he's an aggressive hitter and I moved a few steps to the right side and I could follow the ball all the way through and get close to the fence," Gomez said.
Jean Segura sparked an eighth-inning rally with a two-run triple after Reds relievers walked the first two batters. Jonathan Lucroy followed with a sacrifice fly to tie it.
Jim Henderson (4-5) pitched a scoreless inning in relief to pick up the win.
The Brewers survived a shaky outing by starter Yovani Gallardo, who was tagged for five runs on seven hits over six innings. He walked three and struck out five.
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