CINCINNATI -- Reliever Michael Lorenzen hit the second grand slam by a Reds pitcher in a week -- and his third homer in his past three at-bats -- as Cincinnati pulled away to a 12-3 victory Saturday, ending a seven-game losing streak against the Milwaukee Brewers.
Lorenzen's pinch-hit grand slam off Jacob Barnes in the seventh inning completed an eight-run rally, Cincinnati's biggest of the season. Lorenzen's fifth career homer drew a curtain call from the crowd of 24,640.
"It was a surreal feeling, for sure," Lorenzen said. "I love this game and everything about it."
It was the reliever's second homer in the series. He also had a solo shot Friday during Milwaukee's 8-2 win.
"The guy's swinging the bat really well, that's for sure," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. "We treat him as a position player. We covered him in scouting meetings. We're going to have to make some adjustments."
Lorenzen avoided the temptation to swing at a slider on Saturday, then hit a fastball deep to left field.
"The Reds have always put together some good-hitting pitchers, going back to Travis Wood and those guys," Brewers catcher Erik Kratz said. "You have to know who those guys are and where they want the ball and not throw it there."
The Reds fanned 18 batters, a club record for a nine-inning game.
The Brewers' depleted bullpen couldn't hold a one-run lead in the seventh. Cincinnati's first eight batters reached safely against three relievers, with left-hander Mike Zagurski (0-1) taking the loss in his first major league appearance since 2013.
The National League Central leaders also were missing two starting position players. Christian Yelich left Thursday's game with back tightness, and Ryan Braun came out of Friday's game with the same issue. Counsell said Braun could be available on Sunday.
Eric Thames homered off Mahle, his 14th home run in 22 career games against Cincinnati. Thames hit 10 last year, the most by a Brewers player against the Reds in one season.
The last pinch-hit grand slam by a Reds player came from Chris Heisey on April 13, 2014, against Tampa Bay. Lorenzen's three homers this season are the most by a Reds pitcher since Micah Owings had three in 2009. The last major league pitcher to homer in three straight at-bats was Colorado's Mike Hampton in 2001.
In the past eight days, Reds pitchers have produced four homers -- three by Lorenzen, one by DeSclafani. For the season, Lorenzen is 4 for 6 with three homers and six RBIs.
Mahle's 12 strikeouts were the most by a Reds pitcher since Amir Garrett also fanned 12 on April 19, 2017, against the Orioles. The club record for strikeouts by a rookie is 15 by Gary Nolan on June 7, 1967, against the Giants.
With the game out of hand, Kratz moved to the mound for the eighth inning -- his third career pitching appearance -- and gave up a pair of runs.
"I'd rather catch nine innings and do high-fives," he said.
The Reds sent minor league catcher Joe Hudson to the Angels for cash. The 27-year-old Hudson has never played in the majors. He batted .235 with no homers and three RBIs in 16 games for Triple-A Louisville this season.
Brewers: RHP Zach Davies had a setback in what was expected to be his final minor league rehab assignment as he recovers from a sore shoulder. He lasted only three innings and gave up 10 runs and three hits for Class A Wisconsin on Friday night, leaving after just 48 pitches because of a sore back.
Reds: RHP Homer Bailey will make his fourth rehab start Tuesday for Triple-A Louisville. He has been sidelined since June 2 because of a sore right knee. Bailey is 1-7 with a 6.68 ERA.
Brewers: Freddy Peralta (3-0) makes his fifth start. The Brewers are 4-0 in his starts. Opponents are batting .093 against the right-hander.
Reds: Matt Harvey (3-5) makes his 10th start for the Reds, who got him from the Mets in a trade for catcher Devin Mesoraco on May 8. Harvey has allowed six runs in his past three starts spanning 17⅔ innings.
AJ Hinch, Jeff Luhnow suspensions fulfilled in 2020 even if MLB season canceled
Because AJ Hinch's and Jeff Luhnow's suspensions are tied to the end of the 2020 postseason rather than a specific number of games, MLB will view them as having served their discipline this year no matter what, sources told ESPN.
From MLB's wildest day to the Astros' scandal: The most meme-worthy moments ever for all 30 teams
Beer flights. Knife fights. Planes, trains ... and parachutes? These stories would have broken the internet.
On this date: Ichiro makes history with MLB debut
With April 2 being the anniversary of Ichiro Suzuki's 2001 major debut, Tim Kurkjian reflects on the significance of the event.
Tim Kurkjian's baseball fix: Ichiro's love of hamburgers, math and his bats
Ichiro Suzuki enjoyed one of America's staple meals. He could figure out an equation in seconds. And he never, ever threw his bat -- ever.
Dodgers trainer to stream workouts for fans at home during pandemic
Brandon McDaniel, the Dodgers' director of player performance, will stream 30-minute workouts through the team's social media outlets to help fans stay in shape during the coronavirus pandemic.
Giants owners, executives pledging additional $700K to game-day staff
The San Francisco Giants' owners and executives are pledging an additional $700,000 in personal donations to support game-day employees who aren't working with the baseball season postponed because of the coronavirus.