The Reds jumped on the Brewers in the first inning and never looked back en route to an 8-2 win in Milwaukee on Friday night.
Trouble was brewing right off the bat. Cincinnati scored five runs on four hits off of Brewers starter Jason Alexander in the first inning.
TJ Friedl led off the inning with a home run. Jonathan India tripled. Kyle Farmer brought him in with an RBI single. Alexander hit Jake Fraley with a pitch. Donovan Solano singled to right field and Kyle Farmer scored. Aristides Aquino walked. All without Alexander recording an out. It was 3-0 Reds.
Nick Senzel grounded into a double play, but that scored Fraley to give the Reds a 4-0 lead. Jose Barrero then singled to bring home Solano and the Reds led 5-0 before the Brewers had a chance to swing the bat.
The Brewers scored in the bottom of the fourth inning on a two-run home run by Tyrone Taylor. It was the 16th of the season for Taylor and cut the deficit to 5-2.
The Brewers bullpen kept the Reds silent through the next seven innings of the game, before India hit a two-run home run off of Brent Suter to extend the Reds lead to 7-2 in the ninth inning. Fraley hit a solo home run two batters later to make it an 8-2 lead for Cincinnati. It was the first time Suter allowed multiple home runs in an outing since June 5th.
Unfortunately the Brewers bats were kept completely silent after the Taylor blast. The Reds won 8-2.
The Brewers will try to bounce back against the Reds in the second game of the series on Saturday night at 6:15pm at American Family Field.