CINCINNATI — Kolten Wong hit three homers and drove in five runs for a career-high Thursday, leading the Milwaukee Brewers to a big 5-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds.
Wong hit a two-run first long pitch in the second inning at the expense of Hunter Greene. He repeated the same formula against Dauri Moreta in the sixth, before achieving a solo slap against Joel Huhnel in the eighth.
For the entire season, Wong now has 15 home runs and 46 RBIs.
While Milwaukee’s second baseman had a memorable night, the rest of his teammates combined only managed one hit.
Second in the standings of the Central section of the National, the Brewers (80-70) signed a second victory in a row. They will play three more times against the Reds between now and Sunday.
Milwaukee is trying to join the Philadelphia Phillies and San Diego Padres in the hunt for one of two berths for draft teams.
Starter Brandon Woodruff (12-4) had 11 strikeouts in six innings of work. He conceded only three hits and two walks.
The 6-foot-4 right-hander has 32 strikeouts in his three most recent starts; all victories.
This intra-division duel drew just 9,889 fans, which was the sixth crowd under 10,000 at Great American Ball Park this season.
Elsewhere in the National
Giants 3 – Rockies 0
SF : Mike Yastrzemski crossed the plate twice in addition to hitting two hits, including a home run
COLLAR : José Urena takes the loss after giving up seven hits and two runs in five and two-thirds innings of work
Cardinals 5 – Padres 4
STL : Brendan Donovan hit a grand slam to put the Cardinals ahead for good in the 7th inning.
SD : Manny Machado reached the 30 homers plateau for the 6th time in his career with a long pitch in the 8th inning.
Cubs 3 – Pirates 2
HCC : Hayden Wesneski had an immaculate inning (3 strikeouts on 9 pitches) in his 2nd career start.
PIT : In the loss, Kevin Newman hit his 2nd home run of the campaign.
Braves 0 – Phillies 1
ATL : Max Fried (13-7) allowed one run in five innings on the mound. He recorded 8 strikeouts.
PHI : The only point scored in the game came in the second set, on a sacrifice ball from Matt Vierling.
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