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The Reds defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 12-3 on Saturday afternoon, as the Reds took their first game of the four game series.
The afternoon started promisingly for the Brewers, as left fielder Eric Thames hit a first inning solo home run as they remained in the lead for much of the first half of the game, but the Reds came back in the fifth with an RBI sacrifice fly from center fielder Scott Schebler. The Brewers retook the advantage in the sixth as second baseman Jonathan Villar and catcher Erik Kratz each drove in a run on an RBI double and RBI groundout respectively, but the Reds cut the lead in half in the bottom of the inning as catcher Tucker Barnhart hit an RBI single, then blew the game open in the seventh as second baseman Scooter Gennett tied it up on an RBI double, followed by right fielder Jesse Winker getting the go-ahead run with an RBI single. The inning continued with left fielder Adam Duvall getting a two RBI single, followed by pinch hitter Michael Lorenzen, normally a relief pitcher, hitting a grand slam homer to make it a 10-3 game as well as becoming the second Reds pitcher to hit a grand slam this season after the most recent grand slam by a Reds pitcher before this season coming in 1959.
The team tacked on a pair of runs in the eighth as Duvall got an RBI single and Barnhart had an RBI sacrifice fly to go on to win 12-3.
Reds starting pitcher Tyler Mahle got the no decision as he went five and two-thirds innings allowing one earned run on six hits and three walks. Brewers starter Jhoulys Chacin went five innings, giving up one earned run on four hits and three walks in a no decision as well. Reds reliever David Hernandez earned the win while Brewers reliever Mike Zagurski was hit with the loss as well as the blown save.
The teams will finish off the series on Sunday afternoon.