The Cincinnati Reds marched into Miller Park on Monday with the worst record in the majors at 2-13, riding a eight-game losing streak. When the dust settled, the losing skid had come to an end as the Reds banged out 14-hits in a 10-4 win over the Milwaukee Brewers.
Reds starting pitcher Luis Castillo had a 7.31 ERA in his first three starts, but he dominated Milwaukee hitters before departing in the seventh. By that time, the game was out of reach after the Reds put a six-spot on the board in the sixth inning.
The Brewers first runs came in the 7th, from a relief pitcher at that as Jorge Lopez collected his first major league hit, a bases-loaded two run double.
The Brewers (8-9) dropped to 2-6 at home this season and have been outscored 48-20 in those games.
Lefty Brent Suter took the loss. He got off to a slow start, allowing three runs in the second inning, but settled down to work five innings, allowing six hits and 3 runs. Suter didn’t walk anybody and struck out four.
Lopez worked three innings of relief for the Brewers, allowing 2 hits and a run with three walks and two strikeouts.
It was Oliver Drake who gave up all six of the Reds runs in the sixth inning. Oliver entered the game with a 1.13 ERA. That number ballooned to 7.00 by the time he was done.
Castillo worked 6 2/3 innings for the Reds, allowing four runs on five hits with 3 walks and 8 strikeouts.
Game two of the series is tonight. Junior Guerra (1-0, 1.69) pitches for the Brewers. Sal Romano (0-1, 5.87) gets the start for the Reds. First pitch time is set for 6:40 p.m.