Zack Cozart blasted a three-run home run, and Joey Votto added a two-run shot as the Cincinnati Reds overpowered the Milwaukee Brewers 6-1 Monday night.
The game was scoreless with one out in the top of the sixth when Brayan Pena drove home the first run with a sacrifice fly. Cozart then came up with two men on base and drilled a 1-2 fastball from Wily Peralta down the left-field line and into the second deck (video) for a three-run home run (2). Jay Bruce (single) and Marlon Byrd (fielder's choice) had reached earlier and scored on the blast to make the score 4-0.
Votto continued his torrid start with a 2-for-4 performance, including a two-run opposite-field home run (5) in the seventh (video). Votto is currently hitting .375 with 5 HR and 12 RBI in 13 games.
Milwaukee scored its lone run in the ninth on Ryan Braun's first home run (1) of the seaosn. The home run was one of only three Brewers hits the entire night.
In more serious news, Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy has landed on the disabled list with a fractured toe suffered during the sixth inning of Monday night's game. Just before his home run, Cozart fouled a ball off Lucroy's left toe (video). Lucroy finished the inning and took his at bat in the bottom of the sixth. However, he came out of the game when the seventh started in favor of Martin Maldonado.
Anthony DeSclafani (W: 2-0, 0.86 ERA) dominated the Brewers' lineup all night long. In eight innings, he allowed only two hits while walking one and fanning five. Burke Badenhop finished the job, serving up Braun's home run and fanning two.
Peralta (L: 0-2, 5.68) took the loss. He pitched seven innings and allowed all six runs on eight hits, including both home runs. He also walked three and struck out five.
On Tuesday, Jason Marquis (0-1, 6.30) will pitch for Cincinnati, and Mike Fieres (0-2, 5.91) will start for Milwaukee. The game begins at 8:10 p.m. EDT.