CINCINNATI — Buck Farmer's best stretch of pitching turned into one of Detroit's worst losses of the season.
In just his fourth start of the season and first since July 31 on Monday, the rookie right-hander opened with four hitless innings and five shutout frames.
Then Brandon Phillips drove in four runs with a home run and a triple during Cincinnati's 10-run sixth inning and the Reds came back from a five-run deficit to snap a nine-game losing streak with a 12-5 win over the Tigers on Monday night.
"Buck did a pretty good job," manager Brad Ausmus said. "I think he got tired. He hadn't started in a while. Then it blew up."
In the makeup of a game postponed on June 18 by rain, former Detroit shortstop Eugenio Suarez homered and doubled during Cincinnati's biggest inning since scoring 10 runs against Arizona in August 2005. Fourteen Reds batted in the inning against four Detroit pitchers, including reliever Al Alburquerque (3-1), who allowed three runs while not retiring any of the three batters he faced.
Skip Schumaker gave the Reds a 6-5 lead with a two-run single as Tigers were setting a season-high for runs allowed in an inning on the way to their fourth straight loss .
Collin Balester (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings to set the stage for Cincinnati's biggest comeback of the season and earn his first major league win since 2012, when he was with Detroit. The Reds previous biggest comeback had been from a three-run deficit in an 8-5 win over Washington on May 30.
Joey Votto added his 24th homer, a two-run shot, in the eighth.
Relievers Burke Badenhop, J.J. Hoover and Aroldis Chapman finished the game.
Detroit sent nine batters to the plate in a four-run first that featured J.D. Martinez's 33rd home run — a two-run shot — and Nick Castellanos' 14th, a solo blast. Ian Kinsler scored the first run from first base on Miguel Cabrera's single to deep right.
Cabrera added an RBI double in the fourth.
Farmer pitched 5 1-3 scoreless innings before allowing Suarez's ninth homer and Phillips' two-run shot, his 10th. He allowed three hits and three runs with three walks and three strikeouts.
"I had some success," Farmer said. "Things were going good. We were hitting the ball. Then, in that one innings, things fell into place. A couple hits fell in. They hit a couple of home runs. It's one of those things that happen. It's happened before. You just have to turn around and look for the next outing."
Reds starter Keyvius Sampson allowed nine hits for the second consecutive start. The rookie right-hander gave up five runs and with two walks and five strikeouts while throwing 100 pitches — 45 in the first — over four innings.
The Tigers finished interleague play 9-11. The Reds went 7-13.
Miguel Cabrera's first-inning single gave him 4,038 career total bases, tying him with Andres "The Big Cat" Galarraga for the most among players born in Venezuela. Cabrera, who already led all Venezuelans in career home runs and RBIs, took over the total bases lead by squeezing a grounder between Todd Frazier and third base down the left field line for an RBI double in the fourth.
INF Ian Kinsler extended his hitting streak to seven games with his first inning single, matching his season high. The seven-game hitting streak is his third of the season. He finished with three hits, giving him a major league-leading 49 multi-hit games.
Tigers: Ausmus isn't worried about designated-hitter Victor Martinez reinjuring his twice-surgically repaired knee while playing an unfamiliar position at first base as Miguel Cabrera's backup. "I was a little bit in his first game, but I'm not worried now," Ausmus said before Monday's game. "The truth is anybody on the field could suffer a career-ending knee injury at any time."
Reds: LHP Tony Cingrani lasted just three innings for Triple-A Louisville on Sunday in his second start since coming off the seven-day disabled list with a right (non-throwing) shoulder strain. "I'm just going by the report, but it sounds like he had a little bit of a temperamental arm issue," manager Bryan Price said before Monday's Reds' game.
Tigers: Detroit resumes its home stand with RHP Alfredo Simon (11-7, 4.52 ERA) starting the opener of a three-game series against the Angels.
Reds: Tuesday's start against the Dodgers will be third of LHP John Lamb's (0-1, 3.65) career and second against his hometown team. He allowed eight hits and five runs in six innings at Dodger Stadium in his major league debut on August 14.