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Gomez's highlight plays boost Brewers

Gomez's highlight plays boost Brewers

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Gomez's highlight plays boost Brewers

MILWAUKEE -- Carlos Gomez added another highlight-reel catch to his resume on Sunday with Gold Glove voting set for this week.

The All-Star center fielder's leaping grab at the wall likely saved at least two runs and extra bases for Jay Bruce in the ninth inning of an eventual 6-5 Brewers win over the Reds at Miller Park. If the ball was headed over the fence, it would have been Gomez's fifth robbed home run of the season.

Nobody was as thankful as Brewers closer Jim Henderson, who jumped off the mound with a fist pump after seeing the ball settle into Gomez's glove.

"When the ball was hit, I was looking at it in the air. I was just kind of telling the ball, 'Just give him a chance,'" Henderson said. "If the ball stays in the park, he's going to have a chance to make a play on it.

"I've given up a few home runs lately, so it's nice to see one fall into the glove, and someone make a spectacular play for me. You need that as a player and as a team, those kinds of plays to happen."

Gomez also made a throw to third base in the fifth inning to cut down Brandon Phillips, who was trying to go first to third on a single. It was the center fielder's career-high 10th assist this season, which is second among National League outfielders behind the Mets' Juan Lagares (11).

Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said both plays were pivotal to the Brewers' come-from-behind win, and game-changing plays like that would help Gomez's chances for a Gold Glove.

"It's different things that sometimes can change a ballgame," Roenicke said. "Both those plays changed the ballgame. It energizes you a lot when you make a play like that. Defensively, not too many times do you make a play where you come in and the guys are fired up."

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. Kevin Massoth is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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