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Hamilton's hit helps Reds beat Brewers 6-5

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 14, 2014 at 12:10 am •  Published: June 14, 2014
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MILWAUKEE (AP) — Forget about his prodigious speed — Billy Hamilton won a game with his bat Friday night.

No need to worry about running out a hit with the way Cincinnati's leadoff man lined his single to right in the ninth off a fastball from stalwart reliever Francisco Rodriguez.

Hamilton's hit allowed Zack Cozart to score from second, and Aroldis Chapman shut down the Milwaukee Brewers in the bottom of the ninth to give the Reds a 6-5 win.

"Somehow my hands were quicker than I thought they would (be) getting on top of the fastball and it was in," Hamilton said. "It was just a big win for us."

Made it easy to forget how the Reds blew a four-run lead in the seventh.

Hamilton added his 25th steal of the season in the ninth for good measure. He's second in the National League in steals behind Dee Gordon of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

He was left stranded at third, but his only hit of the night off Rodriguez (2-2) was much more important. The Reds feel like they are building momentum after taking two straight from Los Angeles.

"That was a big comeback win. It's something that we really haven't done much of this year," said starter Homer Bailey, who gave up four runs and six hits in 6 1-3 innings. "So I think once you start picking up those kinds of wins, and coming back, it becomes contagious."

Jonathan Broxton (2-0) tossed a scoreless eighth before Chapman struck out two in the ninth for his 11th save.

Hamilton's 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 were among dignitaries at Miller Park.

The Brewers rallied with four runs in the seventh to tie it at 5 on Carlos Gomez's RBI double.

But earlier mistakes ultimately caught up to Milwaukee, which tied a season-high with four errors.

Starter Matt Garza had two errors alone on errant throws. The second came after Garza fielded a bunt by Bailey before his hard throw sailed wide of first and into the stands.

The right-hander put his hands on his hips in frustration, but the trouble was just starting to brew.

"It hurt him today," manager Ron Roenicke said. "Too bad because he had really good stuff today."

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