Adames strikes twice as Brewers beat lowly Reds 10-5

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Willy Adames hit two of Milwaukee’s six homers, and the Brewers beat the lowly Cincinnati Reds 10-5 on Thursday.

Luis Urías, Christian Yelich, Tyrone Taylor and Keston Hiura also connected as Milwaukee won for the eighth time in nine games. Yelich finished with three hits and scored three times, and Adames had four RBIs.

Brewers right-hander Adrian Houser (3-2) allowed five runs, four earned and seven hits in five innings.

Cincinnati capped a six-game winless trip with its ninth straight loss. The worst major league Reds have lost 20 of 21 overall.

Tyler Stephenson homered and drove in two runs, but Cincinnati couldn’t overcome another shaky performance by rookie Hunter Greene (1-4).

Urías and Yelich connected against Greene in the first, and Rowdy Tellez’s RBI brace tied it at 3. Adames capped Milwaukee’s second three-pointer with a two-point drive down center left.

Taylor and Hiura went deep in the third before Greene was replaced by Luis Cessa.

Greene, 22, was scored for eight runs and nine hits in 2 2/3 innings in his fourth straight loss. He struck out seven and walked one.

TRAINER’S ROOM

After placing two players on the injured list on Wednesday with unspecified designations, Reds manager David Bell is confident the team can avoid a real outbreak of COVID-19. But he acknowledges that it’s not always easy despite comprehensive mitigation efforts.

“Obviously this is something that’s really important for us to keep everyone healthy as best we can,” Bell said. “But the reality is that we are all together a lot; we have contact with many different people, like everyone else, but we do our best.

Cincinnati also placed first baseman Joey Votto on COVID-19 IL earlier this week.

NEXT

Reds: RHP Connor Overton (0-0, 1.69 ERA) makes his second start of the season Friday in Game 1 of a three-game series against Pittsburgh. RHP JT Brubaker (0-2, 6.20) starts for the visiting Pirates.

Brewers: LHP Eric Lauer (2-0, 1.93 ERA) starts Friday night in Atlanta in Game 1 of a nine-game road trip. The Braves, who beat the Brewers in their NL Division Series last year, have yet to announce a starter for the series opener.

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