(SportsNetwork.com) - Before the Milwaukee Brewers head west for an upcoming road trip, they will shoot for a series win over the NL Central-rival Cincinnati Reds Sunday afternoon at Miller Park.
The Central-leading Brewers lost Friday's opener in this series, 6-5, but came back in dramatic fashion in Saturday's 4-2 triumph. Ryan Braun broke a 2-2 tie with a two-run homer off Reds reliever J.J. Hoover in the eighth inning and plated Scooter Gennett, who reached base on a one-out double.
"In the last week or two, my swings probably fluctuated somewhere between terrible and awful," Braun said. "It's not fun, it's always frustrating, eventually things work themselves out."
Gennett doubled twice and Will Smith worked around a home run in the eighth to pick up the win in relief of Yovani Gallardo, who struck out eight and allowed one run in seven innings for the no-decision.
Carlos Gomez has reached base safely in 29 consecutive games. He is batting .345 with four homers and 18 RBI in that stretch.
Milwaukee is 14-6-2 in series play this season, including 5-0-2 over the last seven. It is 20-14 as the host, going 7-3-1 in series play at Miller Park.
The Brewers, winners in 11 of the last 17 games overall and 35-7 when scoring four or more runs, will visit Arizona and Colorado over the next seven games before returning to Miller Park for seven more. The Brewers are 21-14 on the road and 7-3-1 in series play away from Brew City.
Slated for pitching duties in Sunday's rubber match for Milwaukee is Marco Estrada. Estrada is 5-3 with a 4.56 ERA and was roughed up in Tuesday's 6-2 loss against the New York Mets. The Mets reached him for all six runs in six innings. Estrada has allowed 22 runs in the past five starts.
The right-hander is 3-1 in five home starts and 2-3 with a 3.64 ERA in 10 career meetings (6 starts) with Cincinnati.
Cincinnati hopes to earn a series win and had a three-game winning streak stopped short on Saturday.
Reds starting pitcher Mat Latos made his season debut and pitched well in the no-decision, allowing just two hits in six shutout innings with four strikeouts and no walks.
"(It) was emotional for sure," said Latos. "First time back in a while. I felt good. The outcome kind of sucks but that's baseball. We'll come back strong tomorrow."
Hoover surrendered Braun's home run.
Billy Hamilton homered and Brandon Phillips added two hits and an RBI for Cincinnati, which will visit Pittsburgh next for three games and is now eight games off Milwaukee's lead in the Central.
Mike Leake will close out this set for the Reds Sunday and has a 3-6 mark to go along with a 3.61 earned run average. He has lost two straight and three of four starts, including Tuesday's 6-1 setback to the Los Angeles Dodgers in which he gave up five runs in 5 1/3 innings.
Leake has given up five runs in each of the past two starts and 15 over the previous four. He is 2-2 in seven road appearances and 1-1 with a 4.08 ERA in six career starts against Milwaukee.
The Brewers are 2-4 against the Reds this season.