The Cincinnati Reds and Milwaukee Brewers meet Tuesday in Major League Baseball action at Miller Park. Cincinnati lost for the fifth time in six games. "He's not missing it". Thames then muscled an opposite-field home run just over the left-field fence to give the Brewers a 6-1 advantage. After the game, Major League Baseball was back in the Brewers' clubhouse to collect blood and urine samples from Thames.
"Any time a guy goes on a run like this, you're in awe a little bit", Brewers manager Craig Counsell said.
Trailing 4-3, Blackmon lined a hanging slider from lefty Enny Romero (1-1) into the right-field stands. "I give Eric a lot of credit there".
"You are facing good pitchers and good catchers that are smart and they study you and your holes", Thames said. "As the saying goes, you may get one good pitch to hit in your at-bat, you don't want to miss it". Garza got off to a late start this season because of a groin issue. Garza allowed four runs in four innings but left with a high pitch count and not eligible for the win.
Five relievers followed and Carlos Torres (1-2) picked up the win.
Perez's three-run homer capped that inning. Jesus Aguilar grounded out with the bases loaded in the eighth for the final run. Eric Thames leads the Brewers with 25 hits and 17 RBI while Ryan Braun and Travis Shaw have combined for 38 hits and 32 RBI.
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Miguel Gonzalez pitched eight shutout innings for Chicago, allowing one unearned run on two hits, walking one and striking out five.
Davies (2-2) struck out six while allowing six hits and a walk to earn his second consecutive victory.
Greg Holland pitched the ninth in a non-save situation after the Rockies added three insurance runs in the eighth. Hunter Pence added a key RBI single for insurance in the seventh. Cincinnati RHP Rookie Davis (bruised right forearm) will be activated from the disabled list to start Wednesday against the Brewers. He is considered day-to-day after X-rays came back negative. Milwaukee optioned LHP Brent Suter to Colorado Springs in order to activate RHP Matt Garza to start Monday.
-He broke the Brewers record with 10 homers in the team's first 21 games, passing Rob Deer (nine in 1987). His 23 runs scored this month also tie a franchise-record with Paul Molitor and Rickie Weeks.
Reds C Devin Mesoraco, on the 10-day DL after right hip surgery, is 18 days into a rehab assignment with Double-A Pensacola. Reds manager Bryan Price said the club is likely to activate C Devin Mesoraco during the team's upcoming weekend series in St. Louis. Cincinnati will counter with right-hander Scott Feldman. It will see Zach Davies (1-2, 8.24 ERA) on the mound for Milwaukee against Scott Feldman (1-1, 2.38 ERA) for the Reds.
Garza struggled against the Reds last season, going 0-2 with a 4.35 ERA in two starts, and he is 4-5 with a 4.84 mark against them in 14 career starts. He took a no-decision at Cincinnati on April 15.