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,
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.
"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."
|Dave Bush got plenty of run support, but he could have made due with just one. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Ryan Freel, CF||3||0||0||0||1||1||0||.296|
|Felipe Lopez, SS||4||0||0||0||0||3||1||.282|
|Adam Dunn, LF||3||0||0||0||0||2||0||.250|
|Kent Mercker, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Brian Shackelford, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Javier Valentin, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.238|
|Austin Kearns, RF||4||0||1||0||0||1||0||.300|
|Scott Hatteberg, 1B||3||0||1||0||1||0||2||.310|
|Edwin Encarnacion, 3B||3||0||0||0||0||0||2||.273|
|Brandon Phillips, 2B||3||0||1||0||0||1||2||.351|
|Jason LaRue, C||3||0||0||0||0||0||2||.167|
|Brandon Claussen, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.000|
|Chris Hammond, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Tony Womack, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.222|
|Rick White, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Quinton McCracken, LF||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.200|
|a-singled for Shackelford in the 9th|
|b-grounded out for Hammond in the 6th|
|2B - Austin Kearns (7, Bush), Scott Hatteberg (4, Bush)|
|CS - Ryan Freel (3, 3rd base by Bush/D. Miller)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|Brandon Claussen (L,1-2)||3||8||9||9||3||3||4||6.75|
|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|
|Brady Clark, CF-RF||5||1||1||2||0||0||4||.213|
|J.J. Hardy, SS||5||1||2||1||0||1||0||.274|
|Geoff Jenkins, RF||4||0||0||0||0||2||0||.247|
|Jeff Cirillo, 3B||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.313|
|Carlos Lee, LF||3||0||0||0||1||1||0||.323|
|Gabe Gross, LF||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.400|
|Prince Fielder, 1B||4||3||2||1||1||2||2||.368|
|Bill Hall, 3B-CF||3||2||2||1||1||0||0||.295|
|Rickie Weeks, 2B||2||2||1||1||1||1||0||.291|
|Damian Miller, C||4||1||4||5||0||0||0||.333|
|Dave Bush, P||4||1||1||0||0||1||4||.200|
|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|
|Dave Bush (W,2-1)||9||4||0||0||2||9||0||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|
|Attendance - 35768|
|Game Time - 2:35|
|Temperature - 61|
|Umpires - Home - Larry Vanover, First Base - Greg Gibson, Second Base - Paul Nauert, Third Base - Charlie Reliford|