Swept by Brewers, down 7 games in division

Sonny Gray took a walk behind the mound after walking his second consecutive batter in the fifth inning, taking a deep breath as catcher Tucker Barnhart and pitching coach Derek Johnson waited to chat with him.

The Cincinnati Reds were already trailing by a run and now Gray was stuck in a bases-loaded jam with two outs.

On Gray’s first pitch after the mound visit, he surrendered a two-run single to Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Tyrone Taylor through the left side of the infield.

"That one was frustrating," Gray said, "because I felt like I did execute the pitch."

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That's just how the weekend went. The inning snowballed on Gray when the next batter, Jackie Bradley Jr, hit a two-run triple down the right-field line and the Reds were handed an 8-0 loss Sunday. 

Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Sonny Gray (54) tosses the ball as he prepares to be pulled by manager David Bell after Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. (41) extends the Brewers lead to five with a triple in the fifth inning of the MLB National League game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Milwaukee Brewers at Great American Ball Park in downtown Cincinnati on Sunday, July 18, 2021. Sonny Gray's return from the injured list went five and two-thirds innings before leaving the game trailing 5-0.

The Reds were swept in their three-game series at Great American Ball Park. The Reds sit seven games behind the first-place Brewers in the National League Central standings, one game further away than they started last weekend.

"It was a tough weekend, obviously," Reds manager David Bell said. "But these things happen and this is what it’s all about. This is what makes good teams, coming back and bouncing back. I have no doubt that is going to happen."

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