CINCINNATI — (AP) — Christian Yelich struck for a record third round — all against Cincinnati — but the Milwaukee Brewers’ rally fell short in the ninth inning in a 14-11 loss to the Reds on Wednesday.
Tyler Stephenson drove in four runs with a pair of doubles and Colin Moran hit a three-run homer for Cincinnati. The Reds, with the worst record in the majors, won their second straight series as they edged leaders NL Central.
Yelich became the sixth player in major league history to hit at least one home run, triple, double and single in the same game three times. He joined Trea Turner, Adrián Beltré, Babe Herman, Bob Meusel and John Reilly to accomplish the feat.
Yelich doubled in the first, hit a three-run homer in the third, singled in the fifth and tripled on a six-run ninth.
Hunter Renfroe hit two solo home runs for the Brewers.
Tyler Naquin hit a goal-scoring triple for Cincinnati, which was leading 7-0 after two innings. Moran homered on a six-run eighth that made it 14-5.
Milwaukee’s first six batters hit base in the ninth, including home runs by Jace Peterson and slugger Mike Brosseau. Joel Kuhnel relieved and gave up a pair of RBI doubles while getting the final three outs.
Reds starter Vladimir Gutiérrez allowed four runs and six hits in 4 2/3 innings. The right-hander came out with a four-point lead and the bases loaded in the fifth, and Alexis Diaz (1-0) came in and retired Luis Urías.
Adrian Houser (3-3) went through four innings. He allowed six hits and seven runs, four of which were unearned because of two infield errors. Reliever JC Mejia was charged with five runs when the Reds exploded in the eighth inning.
The Reds scored four goals in the first on Stephenson’s RBI double and Naquin’s goal-laden triple off the center field wall that came within about a foot of being a grand slam.
The Reds charged the goals again in the second. After Houser fanned Mike Moustakas for the second out, Stephenson struck again, sinking all three with a left double.
Tommy Pham made two more runs for the Reds in the eighth with a goal-loaded single, followed by an RBI single from Moustakas to cushion the lead.
Brousseau and Peterson beat Dauri Moreta in the ninth.
Reds: LHP Mike Minor (shoulder) is set to make his second rehab start at Louisville’s Triple-A on Sunday. He could make his season debut next week. … Manager David Bell said OF Jake Fraley (knee inflammation), 1B Joey Votto (illness) and OF Nick Senzel (illness) are all moving closer to rehab assignments.
Brewers: After a day off, open a weekend series with Miami. RHP Corbin Burnes (1-2, 1.86) is expected to start against RHP Pablo López (4-1, 1.00 ERA).
Reds: Open a four-game series with the Pirates. RHP Connor Overton (0-0, 2.53) is set to face RHP JT Brubaker (0-2, 5.68 ERA). The Reds won two of three against Pittsburgh at Great American Ball Park last weekend.
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