MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Brewers finally had reason to celebrate.

Eric Sogard scampered home with the winning run on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 10th inning and the Brewers snapped a six-game losing streak with a 6-5 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday night.

“We needed it, obviously ... to get the win tonight, maybe we can get something going,” Sogard said.

The evening began with a buzz in the air at Miller Park following media reports that the Brewers were close to acquiring New York Mets second baseman Neil Walker.

After the game, the team confirmed the deal — with the Brewers also receiving cash for a player to be named.

Sogard, a second baseman whose playing time would be cut with the arrival of Walker, started the rally with a one-out double off Reds reliever Tim Adleman (5-10). After Manny Pina flew out to center field, Jesus Aguilar and Eric Thames drew walks to load the bases.

An 0-2 curveball then bounced away from Reds catcher Tucker Barnhart, allowing Sogard to slide in just ahead of Adleman’s tag attempt.

The Brewers (60-59), who hadn’t won in a week, pulled within two games of the Chicago Cubs (60-55) and St. Louis Cardinals (61-56) in the NL Central, have won three times in their last at-bat this season, two of which have come on wild pitches.

“You take it any way you can get it,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said of the win. “You can tell by the celebration we had (at home plate) that we needed it.”

Josh Hader pitched three scoreless innings of relief for the Brewers before giving way to Corey Knebel (1-2) for the ninth and 10th.

“The bullpen did an outstanding job,” Counsell said. “We got three innings from Josh (Hader) on a night we really needed it. He did a super job, that’s for sure.”

Cincinnati took a 2-0 lead in the first on a two-run homer by Adam Duvall. Travis Shaw connected for a three-run blast in the bottom half to put Milwaukee on top 3-2.

The Reds jumped back in front in the fourth on a two-run shot by Patrick Kivlehan and increased their lead to 5-3 on a homer by Zack Cozart in the fifth.

Ryan Braun homered off Kevin Shackelford in the fifth and Thames launched another solo shot off the Reds reliever in the sixth to tie the game at 5-all.

Thames’ home run was his 11th against the Reds this season, the most by any Brewers player against an opponent in a single season.

Word on Walker

Walker is an impending free agent and is owed the remainder of his $17.2 million salary this season.

“I’m excited to be back in a playoff race,” Walker said. “It’s a place I’m very familiar with, the NL Central and Milwaukee. I’m looking forward to it, to get there, meet the team and hopefully help them as much as I can.”

The 31-year-old is hitting .264 with 10 home runs and 36 RBIs. He missed 36 games due to a torn left hamstring and was 4-for-34 in his first 11 games back before going 6-for-9 in his final two games with the Mets.

“It took him a little while to get his timing back, but he seems to be back to his normal state right now,” Brewers general manager David Stearns said. “We think he will be able to add a little different element to our lineup.”

Up next

Reds right-hander Sal Romano (2-4, 5.35 ERA) makes his sixth start since joining the rotation following the All-Star break in today’s series finale. He made his big league debut against the Brewers on April 16, allowing two earned runs over three innings.

Brewers right-hander Matt Garza (5-6, 4.34) will look to bounce back from his worst start of the season, in which he allowed eight earned runs in 3⅓ innings.

Cincinnati AB R H BI BB SO Avg.

Hamilton cf 5 0 0 0 0 3 .246

Cozart ss 4 1 1 1 1 0 .319

Votto 1b 3 1 1 0 2 1 .316

Duvall lf 5 1 1 2 0 1 .262

Suarez 3b 4 0 1 0 1 1 .262

Gennett 2b 3 1 1 0 1 1 .293

Mesoraco c 3 0 0 0 1 0 .213

Kivlehan rf 4 1 1 2 0 2 .217

Feldman p 2 0 0 0 0 1 .030

Turner ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 .170

Winker ph 1 0 0 0 0 1 .236

Totals 35 5 6 5 6 11

Milwaukee AB R H BI BB SO Avg.

Villar 2b 5 1 1 0 0 2 .222

Aguilar ph 0 0 0 0 1 0 .262

Thames 1b 5 1 2 1 1 1 .248

Braun lf 3 2 1 1 2 0 .292

Shaw 3b 5 1 2 3 0 1 .292

Santana rf 4 0 1 0 1 1 .274

Arcia ss 5 0 2 0 0 2 .285

Broxton cf 4 0 1 0 0 1 .221

Susac c 3 0 0 0 0 3 .000

Sogard ph-2b 1 1 1 0 1 0 .287

Suter p 1 0 1 0 0 0 .231

Pina c 3 0 0 0 0 1 .287

Totals 39 6 12 5 6 12

Cincinnati 200 210 000 0 — 5 6 0

Milwaukee 300 011 000 1 — 6 12 0

Two outs when winning run scored.

LOB — Cincinnati 6, Milwaukee 12. 2B — Suarez (19), Villar (14), Sogard (13). HR — Duvall (26), off Suter; Kivlehan (8), off Suter; Cozart (16), off Suter; Shaw (25), off Feldman; Braun (13), off Shackelford; Thames (27), off Shackelford. RBIs — Cozart (46), Duvall 2 (79), Kivlehan 2 (20), Thames (51), Braun (36), Shaw 3 (78). SB — Villar (21), Thames (3), Braun (8). S — Suter. DP — Milwaukee 1.

Cincinnati IP H R ER BB SO ERA

Feldman 4 7 3 3 1 6 4.43

Shackelford 2 3 2 2 1 3 7.59

Brice 1 0 0 0 0 1 4.96

Wood 1 0 0 0 1 1 4.45

Storen 1 1 0 0 1 1 3.23

Adleman, L, 5-10 2/3 1 1 1 2 0 5.40

Milwaukee IP H R ER BB SO ERA

Suter 5 4 5 5 4 3 3.79

Hader 3 1 0 0 2 5 0.71

Knebel, W, 1-2 2 1 0 0 0 3 1.49

HBP — Shackelford (Broxton). WP — Adleman.

T — 3:46. Att. — 38,256.

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