Despite Yelich cycle, Stephenson, Reds outslug Brewers 14-11


Milwaukee Brewers' Christian Yelich hits a ground-rule double during the first inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in Cincinnati, Wednesday, May 11, 2022. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)

Milwaukee Brewers' Christian Yelich hits a ground-rule double during the first inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in Cincinnati, Wednesday, May 11, 2022. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)


Milwaukee Brewers' Christian Yelich high-fives teammates in the dugout after scoring a run during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in Cincinnati, Wednesday, May 11, 2022. The Reds won 14-11. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)


Cincinnati Reds' Tyler Stephenson watches as he hits a three-run double during the second inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers in Cincinnati, Wednesday, May 11, 2022. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)


CINCINNATI (AP) — Milwaukee’s Christian Yelich rode the cycle.

But Tyler Stephenson and the Cincinnati Reds reached the winner’s cirle.

Despite a third career cycle for Yelich and giving up 11 runs, the Reds won their second straight series, taking the decisive game Wednesday against the Brewers 14-11 at Great American Ball Park.

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 in accomplishing the feat.

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 by topping the NL Central leaders.

“All these teams in the league are good — you have to keep playing, you have to keep going,” Reds manager David Bell said. “Great day offensively. Not only the hits and the RBIs, but just grinding out at-bats, controlling the strike zone, getting guys in base. That created the opportunities.”

Tyler Naquin hit a bases-loaded triple for Cincinnati, which led 7-0 after two innings. Moran homered during a six-run eighth that made it 14-5.

Hunter Renfroe hit two solo homers for the Brewers.

Milwaukee’s first six batters reached base in the ninth, including home runs by Jace Peterson and pinch-hitter Mike Brosseau. Joel Kuhnel relieved struggling struggling Dauri Moreta and gave up a pair of RBI doubles while getting the final three outs.

Reds starter Vladimir Gutiérrez allowed four runs and six hits over 4 2/3 innings. The right-hander exited with a four-run lead and the bases loaded in the fifth, and Alexis Diaz (1-0) came in and struck out Luis Urías.

The Reds scored four in the first on Stephenson’s RBI double and Naquin’s bases-loaded triple off the center-field wall that came about a foot short of being a grand slam.

The Reds loaded the bases again in the second. After Houser fanned Mike Moustakas for the second out, Stephenson struck again, driving in all three in with a double to left.

Tommy Pham drove in two more runs for the Reds in the eighth with a bases-loaded single, followed by an RBI single by Moustakas to cushion the lead.

TYLER ON A TEAR

Stephenson has hit well since coming back from concussion protocol May 3. Since then he is 11 for 29 and bumped his batting average to .322. The regular catcher, he went 3 for 5 as the DH in Wednesday’s lineup.

“He’s a presence in our lineup, in our clubhouse, behind the plate,” Bell said. “He is going to need some days off here and there, but when we can keep him in the lineup he showed today how important he is.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Reds: LHP Mike Minor (shoulder) is scheduled to make his second rehab start at Triple-A Louisville on Sunday. He could make his season debut next week. … Bell said OF Jake Fraley (knee inflammation), 1B Joey Votto (illness) and OF Nick Senzel (illness) all are getting close to rehab assignments.

UP NEXT

Reds: Open a four-game series with the Pirates. RHP Connor Overton (0-0, 2.53) is scheduled to go against RHP JT Brubaker (0-2, 5.68 ERA). The Reds took two of three against Pittsburgh at Great American Ball Park last weekend.

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Milwaukee Brewers’ Christian Yelich hits a ground-rule double during the first inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in Cincinnati, Wednesday, May 11, 2022. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2022/05/web1_128817198-62aca2636f774399b12877ebc5b3e3fa-1.jpgMilwaukee Brewers’ Christian Yelich hits a ground-rule double during the first inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in Cincinnati, Wednesday, May 11, 2022. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)

Milwaukee Brewers’ Christian Yelich high-fives teammates in the dugout after scoring a run during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in Cincinnati, Wednesday, May 11, 2022. The Reds won 14-11. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2022/05/web1_128817198-a2b449651b2c487ab7d5df79d6bc8da3-1.jpgMilwaukee Brewers’ Christian Yelich high-fives teammates in the dugout after scoring a run during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in Cincinnati, Wednesday, May 11, 2022. The Reds won 14-11. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)

Cincinnati Reds’ Tyler Stephenson watches as he hits a three-run double during the second inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers in Cincinnati, Wednesday, May 11, 2022. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2022/05/web1_128817198-d9eb9d35845c42ebbb80df21faa139b1-1.jpgCincinnati Reds’ Tyler Stephenson watches as he hits a three-run double during the second inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers in Cincinnati, Wednesday, May 11, 2022. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)