CINCINNATI — After a long night at the ballpark followed by a full day under the sun, Lorenzo Cain just wanted the game to end.
With Milwaukee winning, of course.
Cain did his part, hitting a home run off the top of the left-field fence in the 11th inning that lifted the Brewers over the Cincinnati Reds 2-1 on Thursday.
NL batting leader Christian Yelich went 0 for 4 with a bases-loaded walk for Milwaukee. On Wednesday night, he went 6 for 6 and hit for the cycle as the Brewers outlasted Cincinnati 13-12 in 10 innings. That’s 21 innings in less than 24 hours.
“It’s been tough on the body, this series,” Cain said. “When I hit it, I knew it was a double for sure, but this is Cincinnati, so you never know.”
The playoff-contending Brewers totaled just six hits. Cain hit the first pitch from Austin Brice (2-3) that hit the wall and bounced over for his 10th home run.
“We got there a little different way today,” Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said. “It was a polar opposite from yesterday. It was hard to tell we were playing by the same rules.”
Milwaukee has homered in 22 straight games at Great American Ball Park streak. It’s the longest streak by any team at the stadium, including the Reds.
Joakim Soria (1-0) allowed a hit with two strikeouts in a scoreless 10th to get the win. Josh Hader pitched the 11th for his 11th save.
Milwaukee left-hander Wade Miley allowed two hits and a walk in six innings before the Reds broke through in the seventh on Phillip Ervin’s one-out single and Dilson Herrera’s two-out double into the left-field corner. Ervin’s safe slide across the plate survived Milwaukee’s challenge. Miley finished with a season-high 73 innings, allowing five hits with one walk and six strikeouts.
“We brought up a couple of guys, but our bullpen was still thin,” Miley said. “I knew if it was a tight game, I was going to be stretched out as much as possible.”
Cody Reed lasted 4q innings in his 12th appearance and second start of the season, his first start since April 9. The left-hander allowed one run on four hits and three walks with three strikeouts. He left after walking Yelich in the fifth with the bases loaded.
In Wednesday night’s win, Yelich became one of only four players since 1908 to have six hits and hit for the cycle in the same game. He joins Bobby Veach, Rondell White and Ian Kinsler. He also became the first Brewers player to hit for the cycle since George Kottaras on Sept. 3, 2011, at Houston and matched the club record with six of the Brewers’ 22 hits, including a two-run homer.
“I’ve never seen a game like that,” Counsell said. “It was incredible. He’s coming up and you’re thinking he can’t do it again, and he does it again. He did everything tonight, he really did. He’s driving the bus home tonight.”
Brewers LHP Dan Jennings limped off the field with his arms around two trainers after rolling his left ankle helping catch speedy Billy Hamilton in a rundown in the eighth. ... Needing bullpen help after two draining games, the Brewers recalled RHP Jacob Barnes and promoted RHP Aaron Brooks from Triple-A Colorado Springs before Thursday’s game. RHP Freddy Peralta and Taylor Williams were optioned to Colorado Springs and RHP Ariel Hernandez was designated for assignment. ... RHP Jhoulys Chacin (13-5, 3.61 ERA) pitches at Washington today as the Brewers open a three-game set with the Nationals. Milwaukee is 19-9 in his 28 starts. RHP Tanner Roark (8-13, 3.95 ERA) will start for Washington.