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Reds allow 4 homers in 4-3 loss to Brewers

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 22, 2014 at 11:39 pm •  Published: July 22, 2014

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers managed only six hits Tuesday night.

Unfortunately for the Reds, four were home runs and that was enough to keep Cincinnati winless since the All-Star break.

Jonathan Lucroy homered leading off the bottom of the ninth to give the Brewers a 4-3 victory.

"''It was just kind of a weird game, losing on four solo shots," Cincinnati starter Homer Bailey said. "What did they have, six hits? What can you do?"

Lucroy homered off Bailey in the sixth inning.

Ryan Braun and Aramis Ramirez hit back-to-back homers in the first inning on the one-year anniversary of the start of Braun's 65-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball's drug policies.

"The pitches, the ones that I gave up, I thought were pretty damn decent pitches, they were just a little bottom of the zone, caught maybe a little bit of the plate more than I wanted," Bailey said.

"But out-of-the-zone pitches, they went out there and got them," he said. "This park, the ball flies a little bit once it gets up in the air."

It was Lucroy's second career walkoff homer and both were against the Reds. His first was last season off closer Aroldis Chapman and this one was off Sam LeCure.

Francisco Rodriguez (4-3) pitched the ninth to earn the victory.

Cincinnati, which is 0-5 since the All-Star break, had five hits, four singles and an RBI double by Jay Bruce.

Reds manager Bryan Price brought in LeCure (1-2) to pitch the ninth. His outing lasted just three pitches as Lucroy hit a 1-1 offering for a line drive homer inside the left field foul pole.

"Let's forget the silver lining tonight," Price said. "We gave up four home runs and lost 4-3. And just haven't played terribly well coming out of the break. And not a whole lot else to say other than that."

The Reds won seven of nine games to pull within 1½ games of Milwaukee at the All-Star break but have quickly fallen 4½ back.

"Just haven't played terribly well, haven't gone out there and won ourselves a ballgame, haven't really done enough to go out there and win," Price said. "And we've got to step it up."

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