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Kolten Wong hits three homers as Milwaukee Brewers beat Cincinnati Reds

Cincinnati – Kolten Wong hit a career-high three homers and scored five runs, helping Brandon Woodruff and the Milwaukee Brewers defeat the Cincinnati Reds, 5-1, on Thursday night.

Wong hit a two-run drive in the second inning against Hunter Green. He hit another two-run shot in the sixth off Douri Moreta and hit a solo drive against Joel Kunell in the eighth.

Wong has hit a career-high 15 home runs this season.

“I’m definitely not a guy who can hit three homers often,” Wong said. ”

Milwaukee finished with just four hits, but each of Wong’s first two homers came after a leadoff walk.

“We had four hits,” said manager Craig Counsell. “Colton had three homers and all three homers. It was pretty incredible. He’s definitely a one-man show on offense.” was.”

Wong is only the third Milwaukee second baseman to hit three homers in a single game. Dale Sveum said he did it on July 17, 1987 against the Angels and Aaron Hill said he did it on May 7, 2016 in Cincinnati.

The second-placed Brewers (80-70) started a four-game set against bottom-ranked Cincinnati to secure their second consecutive win. They remained 2.5 games away from Philadelphia for their third NL wildcard.

Woodruff (12-4) took 11 in six innings. He allowed his three hits and walked two.

The 6-foot-4-inch right-hander has struck out 32 times in his last three starts, all with wins. He has taken 11 or more hitters in three of his four starts with the Reds this season.

“I think it starts with rhythm and timing. It’s simple,” Woodruff said. “I’m consistently pushing forward. I’m trying to swing them early.”

Counsel sees the right-hander curl up in form after missing most of June with an injury to his right ankle and finger.

“He’s getting better,” Counsel said.

Kyle Farmer hit his 13th home run in the sixth to account for Cincinnati’s only run. Green (4-13) allowed him eight strikeouts in five innings.

The match against NL Central drew a crowd of 9,889, marking the sixth time the Great American Ball Park has fallen below 10,000 this season.

After throwing 47 pitches at at least 100 miles per hour in Saturday’s 1-0 loss in St. Louis, Green hit triple figures 15 times against Milwaukee, according to Statcast.

“I felt solid,” said Green. “I felt really good. That walk hurt. They’re a good hitting team. It’s always a fight when you play against them. They’re really good at hitting mistakes. I tried,” to Wong. It leaked a little onto the plate.

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