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Frazier's double gives Reds victory over Brewers

CINCINNATI -- The Milwaukee Brewers opened their now-completed seven-game trip with a couple of inspiring extra-innings victories.

They closed it with one that was about as deflating as it gets.

Managing just six hits, the Brewers surrendered the lead in the eighth, couldn't score a runner from second base with no outs in the top of 10th and then Tyler Thornburg issued a two-out walk in the bottom half only to see Todd Frazier double him home and cap a 4-3 Cincinnati Reds victory at Great American Ball Park.

The game turned in the bottom of the eighth inning for the Brewers, who held a tenuous 3-2 lead.

After the left-handed Will Smith retired Joey Votto on a groundout to start, Phillips -- who already had doubled and walked -- came to the plate. Manager Ron Roenicke went with setup man Brandon Kintzler.

In addition to getting the righty-righty matchup, Phillips was only 1 for 7 in his career against Kintzler. But on Kintzler's second offering, Phillips blasted a long solo home run to center to knot it at 3-3.

Smith, coincidentally, has limited right-handed hitters to a .200 average so far this season.

Kintzler kept the damage to the one run, but after the Brewers went down in order in the top of the ninth -- for the fifth consecutive inning -- he came back out for the ninth and was greeted by a Ryan Ludwick single to left.

Tucker Barnhart bunted him up to second and Zack Cozart followed with a walk. The Reds pinch-hit with Ramon Santiago, who moved the runners up with a bounceout to first.

Zach Duke replaced Kintzler and struck out Skip Schumaker on three pitches to send the Brewers into extra innings for the third time on their trip and fifth time overall.

Khris Davis opened the 10th with a double off the wall against Sam LeCure, but pinch hitter Jeff Bianchi popped out to the catcher trying to bunt him over to third. Jean Segura flied out to right and Logan Schafer walked.

The runners moved up on a wild pitch by LeCure, but Carlos Gomez ended the inning with a strikeout.

Thornburg came on to get the first two outs in the 10th before walking Chris Heisey. Frazier then followed with a double into the left-field corner, and Heisey slid into home plate well ahead of the relay throw to cap the Brewers' trip at 3-4.

The Brewers have faced some exceptional pitching on the trip to St. Louis and Cincinnati, and Sunday was no different as Alfredo Simon -- a converted reliever -- entered with a 4-1 record and 1.60 earned-run average.

Milwaukee jumped on him quickly as Scooter Gennett homered to right two batters into the game. Jonathan Lucroy followed with a single, but as has been the story the past few weeks the Brewers were unable to move him any further.

Gomez jump-started a rally in the third with a double to left-center. Gennett moved him to third with a groundout to second and Lucroy singled to center with two outs to up the Brewers' lead to 2-0.

Cincinnati got the run back quickly when Brayan Pena, swinging on the first pitch, homered to right off Kyle Lohse to make it 2-1.

Davis homered to right-center off Simon to lead off the top of the fourth, extending Milwaukee's lead back to two runs, but Cincinnati answered in the bottom half when Phillips doubled, moved up to third on a groundout and scored on a fly ball to right by Heisey.

Simon tightened up from there and faced the minimum over the next three innings. The Reds, meanwhile, put major pressure on Lohse in the sixth with a one-out double from Votto and a walk by Phillips only to see Lohse get Todd Frazier to line into an inning-ending 6-4 double play.

There was more trouble for Lohse in the seventh when Pena and Cozart each collected one-out singles. Cincinnati manager Bryan Price then pinch-hit with slugger Jay Bruce, who was scratched from the lineup before the game.

Roenicke countered with Smith, who proceeded to make Bruce look foolish, striking him out swinging on three pitches. Smith then got out of the jam by getting Schumaker to fly out to left.

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