Brandon Woodruff, just like he did at Coors Field last week, walked off the mound after a great outing with a five-run lead and a pitch count of just over 90 on the day.
This time, the Milwaukee Brewers measured it. Barely.
The Brewers did what they had to do to stay dangerous in their hunt for a playoff spot, pouncing on the lowly Cincinnati Reds early and hanging on for a 7-6 victory Sunday at American Family Field.
The Reds scored a pair of runs against Brewers closer Devin Williams in the ninth, but would have tied the game if not for center fielder Garrett Mitchell’s all-out diving catch to rob TJ Friedl of a two-run single one out.
Box Score: Brewers 7, Reds 6
Rowdy Tellez hit a pair of homers to reach 30 on the season as the top of Milwaukee’s order did all the damage en route to a series victory over Cincinnati.
Willie Adams hit a two-run double in the top of the second against Reds starting pitcher Justin Dunn, who allowed six earned runs and lasted just three innings, while Christian Yelich singled and scored in each of the his first two plate appearances. .
Tellez drove in Yelich and Adames with a double in the bottom of the first, then added solo homers in the second and fourth. It was the first baseman’s fifth multigame game of the season.
On Tuesday in Colorado, Woodruff went seven innings before giving way to the bullpen with a 6-1 lead and 91 pitches thrown. The Brewers bullpen immediately surrendered the lead as Luis Perdomo surrendered four runs without an out and Peter Strzelecki gave up the game-tying homer. The Brewers went on to lose, 10-7, in 10 innings.
The Reds scored a pair of runs against Strzelecki before he recorded an out in the seventh, but while he came very close, the rest of the game didn’t go to Coors Field.
Taylor Rogers pitched a scoreless eighth and Williams got the save — despite the first three batters in the top of the ninth reaching — to beat Woodruff, who was once again shorthanded.
The Brewers right-hander struck out 11 batters over his six-year tenure to record his 15th career double-figure game and fourth of the season. Since returning from the injured list, Woodruff has a 2.69 earned run average with a 5-1 record in 14 starts.
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This article originally appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Rowdy Tellez’s homers, Garrett Mitchell’s catch saves Brewers vs. Reds