The Milwaukee Brewers were left red with embarrassment Monday night.
Billy Hamilton drove in three runs and the Cincinnati Reds ended an eight-game losing streak with a 10-4 win over the Brewers, who were kicking off a seven-game homestand at Miller Park.
The Reds won for just the third time in 16 games this season. Cincinnati is tied with Kansas City for the fewest wins in the majors, but have the worst record.
“A win is salve regardless of how early or late you are in the season,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. “A win makes everyone feel better.”
Milwaukee (8-9) dropped its second straight and is 5-9 since opening the season by sweeping the Padres in a three-game set in San Diego.
Milwaukee left-hander Brent Suter (1-2) allowed three runs and six hits over five innings and struck out four.
“It was a frustrating outing,” Suter said.
Cincinnati right-hander Luis Castillo (1-2) entered having allowed 13 earned runs in 16 innings over three starts. He shut out the Brewers for six innings before allowing four runs in the seventh. He went 6º innings, allowing five hits while striking out eight and walking three.
The Reds jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second inning on Tucker Barnhart’s RBI single and Hamilton’s two-run single.
The Reds broke the game open in the sixth, scoring six runs and hitting four doubles off Milwaukee reliever Oliver Drake. Cincinnati sent 10 batters to the plate.
The first run scored on back-to-back doubles by Adam Duvall and former Brewers second baseman Scooter Gennett. Castillo had a run-scoring single. Hamilton followed with his second RBI single of the game.
Jose Peraza had a two-run double and Joey Votto’s RBI double finished the scoring in the inning. The double was Votto’s first extra-base hit of the season.
Milwaukee scored four runs in the seventh. Reliever Jorge Lopez had a two-run double for his first career hit.
Pina goes on DL
The Brewers placed starting catcher Manny Pina on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to April 13, with a right calf strain and recalled catcher Jacob Nottingham from Class AAA Colorado Springs.
Jett Bandy started his fifth game in a row behind the plate and manager Craig Counsell told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel he had “no firm plans” on using Nottingham.
But Nottingham, 22, made his major league debut when he entered the game in the seventh as a pinch hitter. He drew a walk and scored.
Nottingham was batting .296 with a .345 on-base percentage and .519 slugging percentage in eight games with the Sky Sox. He hit his first home run there Sunday and had four runs batted in, with two walks and eight strikeouts.
“You definitely dream about it as a little kid. For it to finally be here, it’s awesome. It’s a blessing,” Nottingham said Monday afternoon after donning a major-league uniform for the first time.
“When they gave me the news, I was a little in shock but I embraced it.”
Nottingham, who has just eight games of experience above Class AA, was acquired from the Oakland Athletics on Feb. 12, 2016, with pitcher Bubba Derby for outfielder Khris Davis, who has hit 90 home runs since that deal.
• First baseman Eric Thames, who aggravated a muscle injury in his left leg and was removed in the third inning of Sunday’s game, was out of the lineup. The team said late Monday he likely will avoid the DL.
• Ryan Braun, limited to a pinch-hitting role Sunday by lower back tightness, was out of the lineup again.
• Outfielder Christian Yelich remained on the DL with an oblique strain but was a full participant in pre-game work and edged closer to being activated.
“We’ve got to string a couple of really good days together,” Counsell said. “We’re on that path. He’s tolerated everything on the field. At times, he’s had some soreness after workouts. We have to make sure that’s not happening.”
The Brewers announced that reliever J.J. Hoover elected free agency rather than accept an outright assignment to Colorado Springs.
Right-hander Junior Guerra (1-0, 1.69 ERA) will make his second start since his recall from Colorado Springs on Tuesday. He is 1-1 with a 6.35 ERA in four games (three starts) against the Reds.
Cincinnati right-hander Sal Romano (0-1, 5.87) was 0-3 with a 7.24 ERA in three starts against the Brewers as a rookie last season.