Brewers lose 8th straight, Reds win 2-1 on Rodriguez wild pitch in 9th

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MILWAUKEE — In a season already full of losses, the Milwaukee Brewers found another way to fall.

Billy Hamilton dashed home on a two-out wild pitch from Francisco Rodriguez in the ninth inning and the Cincinnati Reds sent Milwaukee to its eighth straight loss, 2-1 Wednesday night.

"I'm mad about everything, dude," Rodriguez said. "It's miserable. Not getting your job done, it's miserable. It's bad. That's the bottom line."

Hamilton scored both runs for Cincinnati, which won its third straight game against Milwaukee after enduring a 1-6 stretch. The Brewers have the worst record in the majors at 2-13.

Hamilton, who earlier stole his majors-leading ninth base, drew a one-out walk in the ninth from Rodriguez (0-2). Hamilton took third on a single by Joey Votto and scored standing up on a pitch that bounced in the dirt and off the chest protector of catcher Martin Maldonado.

The ball skipped to Maldonado's right and he quickly retrieved it. Maldonado threw to Rodriguez, who tried to make a diving tag, but Hamilton zipped past him before nearly running over plate umpire Sean Barber.

"I tried my best not to run over somebody, or hurt him or hurt myself," Hamilton said. "I apologized for not sliding. I really didn't see Rodriguez in the picture at all until I got to home plate. I told (Barber) it was my bad, I should be sliding there. But he understands. I've got to score, no matter what."

Milwaukee starter Jimmy Nelson allowed just three hits and an earned run while striking out five in eight innings.

"Outstanding ballgame," Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke said. "It's a shame to get that kind of outing (and not get the win)."

Johnny Cueto (1-2) threw a career-high 125 pitches in eight innings. He gave up five hits and struck out eight, winning his fifth decision in a row against Milwaukee. Aroldis Chapman pitched the ninth for his fourth save.

In the Brewers eighth, pinch hitter Logan Schafer led off with a double and took third on a sacrifice bunt by Elian Herrera. But Cueto struck out Elian Herrera, walked Ryan Braun and struck out Adam Lind to end the threat.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Reds: Homer Bailey makes his second start of the season Thursday after surgery in September to repair the torn flexor tendon in his right forearm.

Brewers: Milwaukee has three starters on the disabled list. 2B Scooter Gennett was placed on the DL Tuesday, joining CF Carlos Gomez and C Jonathan Lucroy.

UP NEXT

Reds: Bailey (0-1) allowed five earned runs and nine hits in 5 2/3 innings in a 5-2 loss at St. Louis on Saturday.

Brewers: Kyle Lohse (0-3) is 7-5 with a 2.69 ERA in 20 career starts against Cincinnati.

MANAGER NOT ON HOT SEAT

Milwaukee owner Mark Attanasio addressed the media before the game and said he's not pleased with his team's start.

"It's brutal," he said. "You turn on the TV every night and expect to see something different, and I know one of these nights we will."

Attanasio said Roenicke and general manager Doug Melvin were not on the hot seat.

"Right now, my examinations are focused on how to improve our performance on the field," Attanasio said. "Relative to me, I'm not looking at the manager or the general manager right now."

ROSTER MOVE

Milwaukee RHP Tyler Thornburg was optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs Wednesday and RHP Rob Wooten was recalled.

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