MILWAUKEE — For a brief moment, the whole game was waiting on Carlos Gomez.
The crowd roared as the Milwaukee Brewers looked toward center field in amazement and Gomez hopped around in front of the wall. When he flipped his glove open as he ran toward the infield, it was over.
Gomez robbed Joey Votto of a potential go-ahead homer with a spectacular catch for the final out, saving the Brewers' 4-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night.
"When you save the game like that or when you hit a walk-off home run, it's amazing," Gomez said. "I never hit one, but I steal home run to win the game. It's something special, like you can't wait to get home to see it over and over."
Jonathan Lucroy homered for the third consecutive game for last-place Brewers, who had dropped three of four. Jean Segura had three hits off Homer Bailey in the right-hander's first start since his second career no-hitter.
But Gomez made the biggest play of the game when he used a perfectly timed jump to grab Votto's drive, sending a charge through the crowd on an otherwise sleepy night at Miller Park. The dramatic conclusion came after pinch-hitter Derrick Robinson walked with two outs.
Votto made an appeal to see the ball in Gomez's glove while he celebrated in the outfield, and sure enough, it was there.
"The whole thing is really a random occurrence and it's what makes baseball so special," Votto said. "Carlos has had a fantastic year this year. Today he didn't have a good game offensively and he goes out and makes a game-changing play on the defensive end.
"You know, I did everything I could, and he made a great play."
Kyle Lohse (5-6) pitched into the seventh inning for his fourth consecutive winning decision.
Bailey was coming off an absolute gem at home against San Francisco last Tuesday night, when he struck out nine and allowed just one baserunner on a seventh-inning walk. The impressive performance in the Reds' 3-0 victory gave Bailey a chance to become the second pitcher in major league history to throw consecutive no-hitters.
That opening was slammed shut in the first inning.
Segura dumped a 1-2 pitch into right field for a base hit with one out. He then stole second and went to third on a throwing error by catcher Devin Mesoraco before Lucroy hit his 11th homer to give the Brewers a 2-1 lead.
"It was just one of those days," Bailey said. "Just never could find a rhythm."
Segura added an RBI double in the second and an infield hit in the fifth. The All-Star shortstop reached base four times and leads the NL with 113 hits.
Chris Heisey hit a solo homer for Cincinnati, which has lost three of four since taking three in a row against the Giants. Jay Bruce and pinch hitter Xavier Paul each had an RBI single.
Bailey (5-7) was replaced by Logan Ondrusek after he hit Segura with a pitch with two outs in the sixth. He allowed a season-high 10 hits and walked three.
"He got out of some tough jams," Reds manager Dusty Baker said.