MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Miller Park roof was open and the wind was blowing out to center. With a home run-prone pitcher on the mound for the Milwaukee Brewers, the conditions were ripe for the Cincinnati Reds to have a big day at the plate.
Billy Hamilton got the slugging started by leading the game off with a home run, and the Reds finished Sunday afternoon with eight runs over the final two innings to send Milwaukee fans to the exits early in a 13-4 victory.
Brandon Phillips added a two-run shot in the first inning and Todd Frazier later hit his team-high 15th homer for the Reds. Hamilton connected for the second straight day, off Marco Estrada (5-4).
"We know we can do it, but we haven't been doing it a lot," Frazier said. "Today, it showed we can do those (kinds) of things and we got a pitcher that we can hit a little bit."
The Reds moved back within two games of .500 despite a rocky outing by Mike Leake (4-6), who allowed four runs on nine hits and three walks in five innings. Cincinnati took two of three from the NL Central-leading Brewers.
"It was definitely big," manager Bryan Price said. "We're establishing the fact that we can play this team very well."
His offense collected some gaudy statistics, including a season-high 19 hits. Among other highlights:
—Ten different Reds scored runs.
—A career-high three doubles for Ryan Ludwick, who went 4 for 5.
—Six players with at least two hits.
"Things didn't go right on the mound for us," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said.
Hot dog wrappers were blowing around the warning track early in the game, a bad sign for Estrada. The right-hander who made mistakes up in the zone has given up a major league-high 23 homers in just 84 innings, with 18 coming since May 1.
"Mentally, I felt great. Physically, I felt great. I think I just tried way too hard and that's what happens," Estrada said. "I was rushing stuff, leaving balls up and got hit around. Once that inning was over, I came back in and calmed down."
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