Fried (1-2) stymied the Cardinals on 101 pitches before being pulled with two outs in the seventh. Recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett to start the game, he struck out 11, allowed four singles and walked three.

My curveball was definitely on tonight, said Fried, who also recorded his first major league hit with a single in the fifth. I was able to throw it for strikes, put it in the dirt when I wanted to. The big thing for me was getting the fastball over. I felt like I was able to get strike one pretty good. That was my main goal.

To be honest with you, I was just looking to hit something into the outfield and get a run in, and I ended up one of the better at-bats in the season, Markakis said. I looked back at the video and (the pitch) wasn’t exactly where he wanted it, but he threw it somewhere close to the zone and I put a good swing on it.

He added a sacrifice fly in the sixth to bring in Albies, finishing with five RBI on the day.

Albies went 3 for 5 and has a 10-game hit streak, batting .467 (21 for 47) during that span.

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.

One week earlier, Reds starter Anthony DeSclafani hit a grand slam off Chicago Cubs left-hander Brian Duensing at Great American Ball Park.

Lorenzen avoided the temptation to swing at a slider on Saturday, then hit a fastball deep to left field.