“A lot of things went right for us,” Price said. “They had speed on the bases. Certainly, Villar, we anticipated if we threw to second, there would be a good chance he was going to go. Tucker did a great job managing that situation, as did Scooter.”
The Reds (33-44) won their second game in a row for the first time since they won four straight against the Cardinals (June 5-8). They trail the Brewers (41-39) by 6½ games in the National League Central Division.
The defensive plays overshadowed a strong start by rookie Luis Castillo. In his second start, he allowed two earned runs on five hits and struck out nine in five innings.
Castillo provided another burst of hope for a starting staff that ranks last in baseball with an ERA of 6.25. He allowed two earned runs in five innings Friday against the Nationals in his first start.
Castillo would have earned his first win in the big leagues, but the Brewers’ Travis Shaw tied the game 3-3 with a home run against Tony Cingrani with two outs in the eighth.
The Reds regained the lead in the bottom of the eighth. Billy Hamilton walked and stole second and third before scoring on an infield single by Adam Duvall.
Earlier, Adam Duvall hit his 18th home run, and Scooter Gennett hit a two-run home run, his 12th of the season.
Brewers at Reds, 7:10 p.m., FS Ohio, 700, 1410