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Brewers back Bush's four-hitter with five HRs in fourth

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MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Brewers hit so many home runs in the fourth inning Saturday that manager Ned Yost lost track.

"You don't really sit there and count them down," he said. "There was some confusion on the bench if there were four or five home runs."

There were definitely five -- which tied a major league record -- to spark a seven-run fourth in Milwaukee's 11-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. Bill Hall, Damian Miller, Brady Clark, J.J. Hardy and Prince Fielder all connected, marking the first time in 40 years that a team hit five homers in one inning.

The last club to do it was the Minnesota Twins on June 9, 1966, in the seventh against the Kansas City Athletics. Three other teams have accomplished the feat: the 1939 New York Giants, 1949 Philadelphia Phillies and 1961 San Francisco Giants -- all against Cincinnati as well.

"I guess it could seem unreal," Reds manager Jerry Narron said.

Miller went 4-for-4 with three doubles and five RBI, and Dave Bush pitched a four-hitter with a season-high nine strikeouts for his second career shutout and fourth complete game.

"It was definitely one of my best," Bush said. "I mostly had good command. I was throwing strikes."

Bush (2-1) struck out five straight Reds in the third and fourth and walked two batters overall. His other shutout was a two-hitter on Oct. 1, 2004, with Toronto against the New York Yankees.

Brandon Claussen (1-2) gave up nine runs and eight hits in three-plus innings. He failed to get an out in the fourth while giving up the first four Brewers home runs in the inning.

"It happened fast," Claussen said.

Milwaukee sent 10 batters to the plate in the fourth. Hall led off with a homer, Rickie Weeks followed with a single to extend his hitting streak to a career-high 10 games and Miller hit a two-run shot to left.

Bush singled, and Clark and Hardy followed with back-to-back homers, chasing Claussen.

Chris Hammond came on and struck out Geoff Jenkins and Carlos Lee before Fielder homered to right. Hall flied out to end the inning, and the fans greeted the out with a standing ovation.

"I was actually thinking about hitting another one," Hall said.

Claussen said he will do his best to forget the performance.

"I am not that bad a pitcher," he said. "I am in the major leagues."

Hall, meanwhile, said he will never forget Saturday.

"We won't take it for granted," he said.

Yost called the home run outburst "coincidence."

"It's kind of a treat," he said. "We had a big crowd out, and they got to see something special. You never know when you are going to wake up and come to a ballgame and see some history."

Miller, a catcher known more for his defense than his bat, matched a career best with four hits. His three doubles gave him eight in his last four games.

His bases-loaded double in the second drove in three and put Milwaukee up 3-0.

"It was just a fun game, and a much-needed game," Miller said. "I have never been a part of that. It was just a great all-around game for everybody."

The Brewers, who started the season 5-0, had lost five of six. The loss snapped the Reds' three-game winning streak, which had pushed them five games above .500 for the first time since July 2004.

"We finally put together some good offense and great pitching," Yost said. "It's beautiful."

Notes

  • Claussen tied a big league record for most home runs allowed in one inning by a pitcher. He is the fourth Reds pitcher to do so, joining Mario Soto, Jeff Austin and Jose Acevedo.
  • Miller has driven in five runs two other times, including June 8, 2004, against the Reds.
  • LHP Eric Milton (left knee discomfort), who had been scheduled to start Sunday for the Reds, was sent back to Cincinnati before the game to see team physicians. RHP Aaron Harang, originally slated to pitch Monday against Washington, will instead pitch Sunday.
  • Reds RHP Paul Wilson will make a rehab start Wednesday for Class-A Dayton. Wilson has been in extended spring training after having surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff and frayed labrum in his right shoulder last June. Wilson was 1-7 with a 7.77 ERA in nine starts for the Reds last year.
 
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Dave Bush got plenty of run support, but he could have made due with just one.  (AP)
Dave Bush got plenty of run support, but he could have made due with just one. (AP)

Players of the Game
Milwaukee

D. Miller
AB 4
R 1
H 4
HR 1
RBI 5
Milwaukee

D. Bush
IP 9.0
H 4
ER 0
BB 2
K 9
 

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Cincinnati Reds
Ryan Freel, CF3000110 .296
Felipe Lopez, SS4000031 .282
Adam Dunn, LF3000020 .250
    Kent Mercker, P0000000 .000
    Brian Shackelford, P0000000 .000
   a- Javier Valentin, PH1010000 .238
Austin Kearns, RF4010010 .300
Scott Hatteberg, 1B3010102 .310
Edwin Encarnacion, 3B3000002 .273
Brandon Phillips, 2B3010012 .351
Jason LaRue, C3000002 .167
Brandon Claussen, P1000010 .000
    Chris Hammond, P0000000 .000
   b- Tony Womack, PH1000000 .222
    Rick White, P0000000 .000
    Quinton McCracken, LF1000001 .200
Totals300402910 
a-singled for Shackelford in the 9th
b-grounded out for Hammond in the 6th
Batting
2B - Austin Kearns (7, Bush), Scott Hatteberg (4, Bush)
CS - Ryan Freel (3, 3rd base by Bush/D. Miller)
Team LOB - 5
Cincinnati Reds
Brandon Claussen (L,1-2) 3899334 6.75
Chris Hammond 2211041 16.20
Rick White 1000000 5.06
Kent Mercker 1211100 4.15
Brian Shackelford 1100010 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Brandon Claussen 86-49, Chris Hammond 34-24, Rick White 9-6, Kent Mercker 24-14, Brian Shackelford 16-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon Claussen 3-3, Rick White 1-2, Kent Mercker 2-1
Batters Faced - Brandon Claussen 20, Chris Hammond 8, Rick White 3, Kent Mercker 6, Brian Shackelford 4
Milwaukee Brewers
Brady Clark, CF-RF5112004 .213
J.J. Hardy, SS5121010 .274
Geoff Jenkins, RF4000020 .247
    Jeff Cirillo, 3B1000001 .313
Carlos Lee, LF3000110 .323
    Gabe Gross, LF1000001 .400
Prince Fielder, 1B4321122 .368
Bill Hall, 3B-CF3221100 .295
Rickie Weeks, 2B2211110 .291
Damian Miller, C4145000 .333
Dave Bush, P4110014 .200
Totals361113114812 
Batting
2B - Prince Fielder (4, Claussen), Damian Miller 3 (8, Claussen, Hammond, Mercker)
HR - Brady Clark (1, Claussen), J.J. Hardy (3, Claussen), Prince Fielder (3, Hammond), Bill Hall (3, Claussen), Damian Miller (1, Claussen)
SF - Rickie Weeks (1)
RBI - Brady Clark 2 (5), J.J. Hardy (9), Prince Fielder (11), Bill Hall (6), Rickie Weeks (5), Damian Miller 5 (11)
2-OUT RBI - Prince Fielder (4)
Team LOB - 6
Milwaukee Brewers
Dave Bush (W,2-1) 9400290 3.54
WP - Dave Bush (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Dave Bush 115-70
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dave Bush 10-7
Batters Faced - Dave Bush 32
Game Information
Attendance - 35768
Game Time - 2:35
Temperature - 61
Umpires - Home - Larry Vanover, First Base - Greg Gibson, Second Base - Paul Nauert, Third Base - Charlie Reliford