By Mark Sheldon

The Reds were presented with a nice opportunity this weekend to face the first-place Brewers and directly chop away at their sizable deficit in the National League Central.

Friday’s series opener went the Reds way, but not without some twists and turns. The 6-5 win over the Brewers was more difficult, but perhaps more satisfying because of the fortitude needed in the end and the heartbreak that was averted. A blown four-run lead was recovered with a run in the top of the ninth on Billy Hamilton‘s RBI single that gave Cincinnati a three-game winning streak.

Early on, the Reds reaped the spoils of four Brewers errors — including two throwing gaffes by starting pitcher Matt Garza — to score four unearned runs. Garza’s first-inning error, a throw into center field trying to catch Frazier stealing second base, led to Brandon Phillips‘ RBI single.

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