MILWAUKEE -- Billy Hamilton's ninth-inning single broke a 5-5 tie as the Cincinnati Reds handed the Milwaukee Brewers a 6-5 loss Friday night at Miller Park.
Cincinnati had blown a 4-1 lead in the seventh, as the Brewers tied the game with four runs off starter Homer Bailey and right-handers Sam LeCure and Logan Andrusek.
Shortstop Zack Cozart led off the ninth with a base hit off Brewers right-hander Francisco Rodriguez (2-2) and moved to second on a sacrifice by pinch-hitter Ramon Santiago.
That brought up the speedy Hamilton, who was 0-for-4 on the day. After fouling off a Rodriguez curveball, Hamilton slapped a belt-high fastball to right, letting Cozart, who finished the day 2-for-3 with a walk, score with ease.
Right-hander Aroldis Chapman threw a scoreless ninth for his 11th save of the season.
Milwaukee starter Matt Garza went seven innings and allowed seven hits. He was charged with five runs but only one was earned thanks to four Brewers errors.
Garza, though, did himself no favors defensively, committing a pair of errors that led to runs for Cincinnati.
Garza did himself no favors defensively, committing a pair of errors that led to runs for Cincinnati.
He botched a first-inning steal attempt by third baseman Todd Frazier, who scored on second baseman Brandon Phillips' single.
Milwaukee tied the game up in the fourth, getting a run on third baseman Aramis Ramirez's RBI double. But, after loading the bases with two outs, the Brewers came up empty when Bailey got shortstop Irving Falu to pop out to short.
The Reds gave themselves some breathing room in the fifth thanks to another error by Garza.
After shortstop Zack Cozart's leadoff single, Bailey laid down a sacrifice. Garza fielded it in front of the mound and rifled the throw over first baseman Mark Reynolds' head and into the stands. That put runners at second and third.
Center fielder Carlos Gomez made a perfect throw home on Hamilton's fly ball, but Cincinnati added four more in the inning on RBI singles by Frazier and first baseman Joey Votto, a sac fly by Phillips and another Brewers error, this time by left fielder Khris Davis.
NOTES: Milwaukee plans to activate LHP Tom Gorzelanny from the disabled list Saturday. Gorzelanny hasn't played this season after a slow recovery from offseason shoulder surgery. The team also sent injured RHPs Tyler Thornburg and Jim Henderson to its spring league training facility in Phoenix, where the Brewers travel Monday for a four-game series with the Diamondbacks. ... Cincinnati RHP Mat Latos will make his 2014 debut Saturday against the Brewers at Miller Park. Latos underwent knee surgery during spring training and then had his comeback delayed by a strained elbow. When he was finally able for a minor league rehab assignment, Latos posted a 2.33 ERA in four starts and threw as many as 81 pitches. ... The Brewers recognized more than 50 former players Friday while dedicating a new Wall of Honor at Miller Park. ... The Reds took three of four from Milwaukee earlier this season at Great American Ball Park.