Reds top Royals, face first-place Brewers in Milwaukee


Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Sonny Gray throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals Wednesday, July 7, 2021, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Sonny Gray throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals Wednesday, July 7, 2021, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)


Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Sonny Gray throws during the third inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals Wednesday, July 7, 2021, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)


A ball thrown by Cincinnati Reds second baseman Jonathan India bounces off Kansas City Royals' Ryan O'Hearn's helmet during the fourth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, July 7, 2021, in Kansas City, Mo. India was given a throwing error on the play as he tried to throw to first for a double play hit into by Jorge Soler after forcing O'Hearn out at second. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)


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By The Associated Press

Cincinnati Reds (45-41, second in the NL Central) vs. Milwaukee Brewers (52-36, first in the NL Central)

Milwaukee; Thursday, 8:10 p.m. EDT

PITCHING PROBABLES: Reds: Tyler Mahle (7-3, 3.53 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 112 strikeouts) Brewers: Adrian Houser (5-5, 3.94 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, 65 strikeouts)

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Brewers -114, Reds -103; over/under is 8 1/2 runs

BOTTOM LINE: Nick Castellanos and the Reds will take on the Brewers Thursday.

The Brewers are 26-18 in home games in 2020. Milwaukee’s lineup has 107 home runs this season, Avisail Garcia leads them with 15 homers.

The Reds are 22-21 on the road. Cincinnati has a collective .250 this season, led by Nick Castellanos with an average of .335.

The Reds won the last meeting 2-1. Tyler Mahle secured his seventh victory and Tyler Naquin went 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI for Cincinnati. Freddy Peralta registered his second loss for Milwaukee.

TOP PERFORMERS: Willy Adames leads the Brewers with 35 extra base hits and is slugging .467.

Castellanos leads the Reds with 107 hits and is batting .335.

LAST 10 GAMES: Brewers: 7-3, .254 batting average, 2.57 ERA, outscored opponents by 38 runs

Reds: 7-3, .270 batting average, 3.14 ERA, outscored opponents by 15 runs

INJURIES: Brewers: Justin Topa: (elbow), Dylan File: (elbow), Lorenzo Cain: (hamstring), Kolten Wong: (calf), Daniel Vogelbach: (hamstring), Travis Shaw: (shoulder), Mark Mathias: (shoulder).

Reds: Lucas Sims: (elbow), Michael Lorenzen: (shoulder), Jeff Hoffman: (shoulder), Michael Feliz: (elbow), Brandon Bailey: (elbow), Tejay Antone: (forearm), Nick Senzel: (knee), Max Schrock: (calf), Mike Moustakas: (heel), Alex Blandino: (hand).

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Sonny Gray gave up two runs over seven innings, and Jonathan India hit a two-run double as the Cincinnati Reds rallied for three runs in the seventh inning and beat the Kansas City Royals 5-2 on Wednesday.

Gray (2-4) allowed seven hits, struck out seven and walked two to end a three-start winless streak.

“It was a hot day. He was battling,” Cincinnati manager David Bell said. “And probably around the fourth inning or so, I didn’t know how much more he had left. It really does speak to number one, how great of a competitor he is. He found a way, and in that process of finding a way to kind of gather himself and get back out there.”

Gray said he woke up feeling sick.

“I feel like I definitely had an edge, maybe I was just trying to fake it until I could make it,” he said. “I tried all my tricks to get my nerves gone and I guess they just slowly went away where I could just go.”

A day after blowing a 6-1 lead entering the eighth inning, the Reds bullpen came through.

“Every now and then, sometimes a win is maybe a little bit more than a win, and maybe today was one of those days,” Bell said.

Art Warren stranded the bases loaded in the eighth by retiring Hunter Dozier on an inning-ending flyout to deep left.

“As soon as he hit it, I thought it was gone,” Royals manager Mike Matheny said. “It didn’t sound good when it came off the bat, but it looked right. We were probably wishing it out of the ballpark as much as anything, but it was so close to being what we were looking for.”

Heath Hembree pitched a perfect ninth for his fourth save in five chances, helping the Reds to their second win in the three-game series.

The game was interrupted by rain for 1 hour, 12 minutes.

Jorge Soler put the Royals ahead in the fourth with a slow roller to third with one out and two on. Eugenio Suárez threw to second for a forceout but India, the second baseman, hit the helmet of Ryan O’Hearn as he threw to first trying for an inning-ending double play. The ball popped into the air, and by the time the ball was retrieved, Carlos Santana slid home ahead of the throw.

Singles by Dozier and Michael A. Taylor led to a 2-0 lead.

Cincinnati went ahead in the seventh after Tucker Barnhart singled off Brady Singer and Scott Barlow (2-3) relieved. Shogo Akiyama and Mike Freeman singled, cutting the deficit, and India doubled for a 3-2 lead.

Akayama added an RBI double in the eighth, and Tyler Naquin hit an RBI single in the ninth.

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Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Sonny Gray throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals Wednesday, July 7, 2021, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/07/web1_126920518-7bef08aabc7c4ca4a7a5d5478c3d3dad.jpgCincinnati Reds starting pitcher Sonny Gray throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals Wednesday, July 7, 2021, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Sonny Gray throws during the third inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals Wednesday, July 7, 2021, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/07/web1_126920518-c5d93cd55e9641b0a9f6adbf7dec0407.jpgCincinnati Reds starting pitcher Sonny Gray throws during the third inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals Wednesday, July 7, 2021, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

A ball thrown by Cincinnati Reds second baseman Jonathan India bounces off Kansas City Royals’ Ryan O’Hearn’s helmet during the fourth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, July 7, 2021, in Kansas City, Mo. India was given a throwing error on the play as he tried to throw to first for a double play hit into by Jorge Soler after forcing O’Hearn out at second. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/07/web1_126920518-70fcad63749e470a9c376392c0309bb9.jpgA ball thrown by Cincinnati Reds second baseman Jonathan India bounces off Kansas City Royals’ Ryan O’Hearn’s helmet during the fourth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, July 7, 2021, in Kansas City, Mo. India was given a throwing error on the play as he tried to throw to first for a double play hit into by Jorge Soler after forcing O’Hearn out at second. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

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By The Associated Press

Cincinnati Reds (45-41, second in the NL Central) vs. Milwaukee Brewers (52-36, first in the NL Central)

Milwaukee; Thursday, 8:10 p.m. EDT

PITCHING PROBABLES: Reds: Tyler Mahle (7-3, 3.53 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 112 strikeouts) Brewers: Adrian Houser (5-5, 3.94 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, 65 strikeouts)

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Brewers -114, Reds -103; over/under is 8 1/2 runs

BOTTOM LINE: Nick Castellanos and the Reds will take on the Brewers Thursday.

The Brewers are 26-18 in home games in 2020. Milwaukee’s lineup has 107 home runs this season, Avisail Garcia leads them with 15 homers.

The Reds are 22-21 on the road. Cincinnati has a collective .250 this season, led by Nick Castellanos with an average of .335.

The Reds won the last meeting 2-1. Tyler Mahle secured his seventh victory and Tyler Naquin went 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI for Cincinnati. Freddy Peralta registered his second loss for Milwaukee.

TOP PERFORMERS: Willy Adames leads the Brewers with 35 extra base hits and is slugging .467.

Castellanos leads the Reds with 107 hits and is batting .335.

LAST 10 GAMES: Brewers: 7-3, .254 batting average, 2.57 ERA, outscored opponents by 38 runs

Reds: 7-3, .270 batting average, 3.14 ERA, outscored opponents by 15 runs

INJURIES: Brewers: Justin Topa: (elbow), Dylan File: (elbow), Lorenzo Cain: (hamstring), Kolten Wong: (calf), Daniel Vogelbach: (hamstring), Travis Shaw: (shoulder), Mark Mathias: (shoulder).

Reds: Lucas Sims: (elbow), Michael Lorenzen: (shoulder), Jeff Hoffman: (shoulder), Michael Feliz: (elbow), Brandon Bailey: (elbow), Tejay Antone: (forearm), Nick Senzel: (knee), Max Schrock: (calf), Mike Moustakas: (heel), Alex Blandino: (hand).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.