CINCINNATI — Kolten Wong hit a career-high three homers and scored five runs to help 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 home runs 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,” manager Craig Counsell said. “Colton hit three, and all three were homers. It was pretty incredible. It was a show.”
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,” said Woodruff. “I’m consistently more forward. I’m trying to get them swinging faster.”
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 over 100 mph in a 1-0 loss in St. Louis. Lewis hit triple figures on Saturday against Milwaukee 15 times, according to Statcast.
“I felt solid,” said Green. “I felt really good. Those walks hurt me. There was, I tried to get the fastball up to Won.