MILWAUKEE -- The Cincinnati Reds are having no trouble on the road.
Cincinnati won its 10th consecutive game away from home Saturday night, beating the Milwaukee Brewers 4-1 behind Ryan Freel's two-run triple with two outs in the seventh inning.
The Reds, winners of five straight overall, have their longest road winning streak since they won 10 in a row away from home June 25 to July 15, 1998. No major league team had won 10 consecutive road games since the Seattle Mariners won 13 straight in 2003.
"Considering how well we were playing in the beginning, I think it's been an unbelievable comeback," Freel said. "It's the same team we've had all year. We just weren't able to put it together. Right now, we're playing as a team and we're doing everything fundamentally sound."
Ramon Ortiz (7-8) and three relievers combined on a two-hitter for the Reds. Geoff Jenkins singled and Bill Hall doubled off Ortiz to start the fifth for Milwaukee's only hits. Jenkins scored on Chris Magruder's groundout.
Matt Belisle, Jason Standridge and David Weathers each worked a perfect inning in relief. Weathers earned his ninth save in 11 chances.
"We just have to have better games than this," Brewers first baseman Lyle Overbay said. "This is horrible. No disrespect to them, but you need more than two hits."
Milwaukee is batting .157 during its five-game losing streak. The Brewers were at .500 and in wild-card contention less than a week ago.
"I don't know if we're pressing," manager Ned Yost said. "We're just not producing. We just have run into a little offensive funk."
Freel, too, was in a funk at the plate, going 2-for-23 entering play Saturday. He was held out of the starting lineup Friday night with a strained right quadriceps, but had two hits Saturday, including the key triple in a three-run seventh.
Jose Valentin started the rally with a one-out single. Rich Aurilia walked and Jacob Cruz -- pinch-hitting for Ortiz, who had thrown just 80 pitches to that point -- singled to load the bases. Felipe Lopez hit a sacrifice fly to tie the score at 1, and Freel followed with a triple into the right-field corner off reliever Dana Eveland.
"I am just trying not to think out there," Freel said. "I am just going up there and swinging the bat. It's crazy how your mind can really take over your performance, and that's what I was doing."
The Reds added a run in the eighth on an RBI double by pinch-hitter Edwin Encarnacion.
Cincinnati is 27-19 since Dave Miley was fired on June 21 and Jerry Narron was named interim manager. The Reds are 19-9 since the All-Star break. The road streak, however, is most impressive of all.
"It's very difficult to win on the road," Narron said. "To win 10 is outstanding. Our guys are playing well."
Ortiz went six innings, striking out three.
"I felt really good tonight, good fastball, good slider, good changeup," he said. "All the pitches worked. My location was good, too."
Brewers starter Tomo Ohka (7-7) gave up nine hits in 6 1/3 innings. He threw 85 pitches before giving way to Eveland with the bases loaded and one out in the seventh.
The Brewers called up outfield prospect Corey Hart from Triple-A Nashville after the game and demoted utilityman Trent Durrington. Hart will help fill in for injured Brady Clark (bruised ribcage), who might remain out until a series against Houston next weekend. ... Reds pitchers have had seven straight quality starts for the first time since 2002. ... Milwaukee has totaled 10 runs in its five straight losses. ... The crowd of 41,282 on Overbay bobblehead night was Milwaukee's sixth sellout this season.
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|Felipe Lopez, SS||4||0||1||1||0||0||1||.276|
|Ryan Freel, 2B||5||0||2||2||0||0||0||.290|
|Ken Griffey Jr., CF||5||0||0||0||0||1||3||.279|
|Adam Dunn, LF||4||0||2||0||0||0||0||.262|
|Sean Casey, 1B||4||1||2||0||0||1||2||.317|
|Austin Kearns, RF||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.242|
|Javier Valentin, C||3||1||1||0||0||1||2||.289|
|a- Edwin Encarnacion, PH||1||0||1||1||0||0||0||.240|
|Jason Standridge, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|David Weathers, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Rich Aurilia, 3B||2||1||2||0||2||0||0||.264|
|Ramon Ortiz, P||2||0||0||0||0||0||2||.111|
|b- Jacob Cruz, PH||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||.228|
|Matt Belisle, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.143|
|c- Jason LaRue, PH-C||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.273|
|a-doubled for Valentin in the 8th|
|b-singled for Ortiz in the 7th|
|c-grounded into a double play for Belisle in the 8th|
|2B - Sean Casey (28, Ohka), Edwin Encarnacion (7, Eveland)|
|3B - Ryan Freel (3, Eveland)|
|SF - Felipe Lopez (5)|
|RBI - Felipe Lopez (56), Ryan Freel 2 (15), Edwin Encarnacion (8)|
|2-OUT RBI - Ryan Freel 2 (6)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|Ramon Ortiz (W,7-8)||6||2||1||1||2||3||0||5.65|
|Matt Belisle (H,5)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||4.00|
|Jason Standridge (H,3)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||1.86|
|David Weathers (S,9)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||3.64|
|Pitches-Strikes - Ramon Ortiz 80-0, Matt Belisle 10-0, Jason Standridge 9-0, David Weathers 9-0|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ramon Ortiz 8-6, Matt Belisle 1-1, Jason Standridge 1-1, David Weathers 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Ramon Ortiz 21, Matt Belisle 3, Jason Standridge 3, David Weathers 3|
|Rickie Weeks, 2B||3||0||0||0||1||1||0||.260|
|J.J. Hardy, SS||4||0||0||0||0||1||0||.206|
|Lyle Overbay, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||1||0||.278|
|Carlos Lee, LF||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||.269|
|Geoff Jenkins, RF||2||1||1||0||1||1||0||.291|
|Bill Hall, 3B||3||0||1||0||0||0||1||.268|
|Rick Helling, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Damian Miller, C||3||0||0||0||0||0||3||.260|
|Chris Magruder, CF||3||0||0||1||0||1||0||.219|
|Tomo Ohka, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.139|
|Dana Eveland, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Wes Helms, 3B||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.289|
|2B - Bill Hall (26, Ortiz)|
|RBI - Chris Magruder (13)|
|CS - Rickie Weeks (1, 2nd base by Ortiz/Valentin)|
|Team LOB - 2|
|Outfield Assists - Geoff Jenkins 1|
|DP - Hardy-Weeks-Overbay, Hardy-Weeks-Overbay|
|Tomo Ohka (L,7-7)||6.1||9||3||3||1||3||0||3.82|
|Dana Eveland (BS,1)||1||4||1||1||1||1||0||3.00|
|IBB - Aurilia by Dana Eveland|
|WP - Tomo Ohka (7)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Tomo Ohka 85-0, Dana Eveland 24-0, Rick Helling 14-0|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tomo Ohka 7-7, Dana Eveland 1-1, Rick Helling 2-2|
|Batters Faced - Tomo Ohka 27, Dana Eveland 8, Rick Helling 4|
|Attendance - 41282|
|Game Time - 2:29|
|Temperature - 70|
|Umpires - Home - Jim Reynolds, First Base - John Hirschbeck, Second Base - Wally Bell, Third Base - Lance Barksdale|