CINCINNATI (AP) — Keston Hiura hit a tiebreaking home run off Ross Detwiler in the seventh inning, and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Cincinnati Reds 5-4 in a battle of long balls on Friday night for their third win 13 games.
Hunter Renfroe’s three-run homer in the fourth and Willy Adames’ solo shot in the fifth built a 4-0 lead against Hunter Greene on a night every run scored on a homer.
Albert Almora Jr. hit a two-run homer in the fifth, and Brandon Drury and Tommy Pham followed with solo drives in the sixth on Eric Lauer’s first two pitches of the inning to tie the score 4-4.
Detwiler (0-1) entered with one out in the seventh and Hiura, the No. 9 batter, hit a first-pitch fastball the opposite way to right-center.
“At the end of the day, everyone matters, regardless of who we’re playing,” Hiura said. “It was good to see everyone contribute, top to bottom.”
Lauer (6-2), who had been 0-3 with a 6.60 ERA since winning at St. Louis in May 26, gave up four runs and six hits in 6 1/3 innings.
“Length is something we haven’t been getting lately, unfortunately,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “His pitch count was great. To pitch into the seventh was a big deal. He was aggressive in the zone. That was a big deal. He threw a lot of quality pitches in the strike zone.”
Miguel Sánchez got the last two outs of the seventh, Devin Williams pitched a one-hit eighth and Brad Boxberger stranded two runners for his first save since last Aug. 2.
Pinch-hitter Joey Votto just missed a winning home run, flying out to the center field warning track for the final out with two on.
“It was a great swing by Votto,” Reds manager David Bell said. “It just came up a bit short. Putting an at-bat like that together is what you expect, but it’s not easy..”
Greene, who allowed five home runs…