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Brewers keep up in Central with clutch ninth-inning triple

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CINCINNATI -- After a rough six-week stretch, the Milwaukee Brewers have regained their winning edge.

Prince Fielder homered and scored the tying run on a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning and Rickie Weeks tripled to drive in Craig Counsell with the go-ahead run in the ninth inning as the Brewers beat the Cincinnati Reds 4-3 Saturday night to remain tied for first place in the NL Central.

"To come back like that, it's a good feeling," Fielder said. "It's good to get the excitement back."

Counsell led off against David Weathers (2-5) with a single and moved to second on Mike Rivera's sacrifice, setting up Weeks' RBI triple to the right-center field gap, his third hit of the game.

The Brewers, who trailed 3-0, have won six of their last eight after going 13-27 from July 18 to Aug. 30.

"When you're battling for a championship like they are, you know how to scratch out runs when you need them," said Weathers, who pitched for the 1996 Yankees team that won the World Series. "People said they were dead in the water and were falling apart. Well, they're starting to putting it back together."

Milwaukee remained tied in the Central with the Chicago Cubs, who beat Pittsburgh 5-1. St. Louis, which played at West-leading Arizona later, began the day one game back.

Derrick Turnbow (4-4) pitched a perfect eighth to get the win. Francisco Cordero pitched the ninth to extend his single-season club record for saves to 41 in 47 opportunities.

Jeff Suppan, whose 7-4 victory over Pittsburgh last Sunday at Milwaukee snapped a streak of 12 consecutive starts without a win, allowed just three hits and three runs with a walk and four strikeouts in six innings. He is 1-4 in 14 starts since beating Kansas City on June 22.

"Suppan shut us down," Reds manager Pete Mackanin said. "When you get four hits, you're not going to win many games. We couldn't solve him. We couldn't get anything going. That gives the other team a chance to get back in it, and that's what happened."

Aaron Harang, who allowed 10 hits and six runs in 5 2/3 innings while losing his last start Monday against the Mets, bounced back to allow seven hits and two runs with two walks and seven strikeouts. He left with a 3-2 lead.

"They took full advantage when they needed to to squeak this one out," said Harang, who is 8-1 against Central Division teams this season. "That's why they're in first place. They're able to take advantage of situations and capitalize on them. They're a scrappy team. They have been all season. They scratch and claw their way back into games."

Joey Votto gave Cincinnati a 3-0 lead in the second inning when he followed Adam Dunn's one-out walk and Edwin Encarnacion's single up the middle with his second homer in Cincinnati's last three games and second of his career.

The Brewers couldn't capitalize on a bases-loaded, one-out opportunity in the fourth. Geoff Jenkins struck out swinging and Damian Miller flied out to right fielder Ken Griffey Jr.

They pushed across a run in the fifth when Suppan singled with one out, moved to third on Weeks' single to right-center and scored on Gabe Gross' groundout to second.

Fielder cut the Reds lead to 3-2 by leading off the fifth with his second homer in two games and NL-leading 43rd of the season. He scored the tying run in the eighth after drawing a one-out walk from Jared Burton, moving to third on Bill Hall's double and scoring on Jenkins' sacrifice fly to Griffey, whose throw from medium right field took catcher David Ross up the third base line.

"He had to go," manager Ned Yost said. "(Fielder's) a very good athlete. There's no doubt he should have scored there."

Notes

  • Milwaukee SS J.J. Hardy, who went into the game hitless in his last 12 at-bats, got the night off. Counsell made his 16th start of the season at SS.
  • Votto, recalled from Triple-A Louisville on Tuesday, has driven in six runs in three games.
  • Fielder needs three homers to tie the single-season club record of 45, set in 1979 by Gorman Thomas and tied by Richie Sexson in 2001 and 2003.
  • Suppan's start was his 30th of the season, extending to nine his streak of consecutive seasons with at least 30 starts. Mets LHP Tom Glavine (12) and San Diego RHP Greg Maddux (12) are the only active pitchers with longer streaks.
  • Reds shortstop Alex Gonzalez left the game after six innings after fouling a ball off of his lower leg for the second time in the game. X-rays were negative.
 
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It's celebration time for Gabe Gross and Bill Hall after the Brewers' dramatic win over the Reds.  (AP)
It's celebration time for Gabe Gross and Bill Hall after the Brewers' dramatic win over the Reds. (AP)

Players of the Game
Milwaukee

P. Fielder
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
Cincinnati

J. Votto
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Milwaukee Brewers
Rickie Weeks, 2B5031021 .231
Gabe Gross, RF3001201 .253
    Mel Stocker, RF0000000 .000
Ryan Braun, 3B5000034 .326
    Francisco Cordero, P0000000 .000
Prince Fielder, 1B4221102 .287
Bill Hall, CF3010120 .262
Geoff Jenkins, LF3001023 .266
Damian Miller, C3010003 .237
   a- Johnny Estrada, PH1000001 .280
    Derrick Turnbow, P0000000 .000
    J.J. Hardy, SS0000000 .273
Craig Counsell, SS-3B4120001 .230
Jeff Suppan, P2110001 .132
   b- Corey Hart, PH1000001 .291
    Ray King, P0000000 .000
    Scott Linebrink, P0000000 .000
    Mike Rivera, C0000000 .333
Totals34410449  
a-flied out for D. Miller in the 8th
b-grounded into a double play for Suppan in the 7th
Batting
2B - Bill Hall (35, Burton), Damian Miller (7, Harang)
3B - Rickie Weeks (6, Weathers)
HR - Prince Fielder (43, Harang)
SF - Geoff Jenkins (3)
SH - Mike Rivera (1)
RBI - Rickie Weeks (23), Gabe Gross (19), Prince Fielder (104), Geoff Jenkins (60)
Team LOB - 9
Milwaukee Brewers
Jeff Suppan 6333141 4.74
Ray King 0.1100100 4.89
Scott Linebrink 0.2000010 3.75
Derrick Turnbow (W,4-4) 1000010 4.23
Francisco Cordero (S,41) 1000010 2.91
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Suppan 82-49, Ray King 11-7, Scott Linebrink 10-6, Derrick Turnbow 8-6, Francisco Cordero 11-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Suppan 5-9, Derrick Turnbow 1-1, Francisco Cordero 1-1
Batters Faced - Jeff Suppan 22, Ray King 3, Scott Linebrink 2, Derrick Turnbow 3, Francisco Cordero 3
Cincinnati Reds
Norris Hopper, CF4010000 .326
Alex Gonzalez, SS3000001 .275
    Jeff Keppinger, SS1000010 .352
Ken Griffey Jr., RF4000011 .285
Brandon Phillips, 2B4000021 .288
Adam Dunn, LF2100200 .266
Edwin Encarnacion, 3B4120000 .286
Joey Votto, 1B3113002 .500
David Ross, C3000022 .199
Aaron Harang, P2000010 .109
   a- Jorge Cantu, PH1000002 .253
    Jared Burton, P0000000 .000
    David Weathers, P0000000 .000
Totals3134327  
a-fouled out for Harang in the 7th
Batting
HR - Joey Votto (2, Suppan)
RBI - Joey Votto 3 (6)
SB - Norris Hopper (10, 2nd base off Suppan/D. Miller)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
DP - Keppinger-Votto
Cincinnati Reds
Aaron Harang 7722271 3.64
Jared Burton (BS,3) 1111110 2.75
David Weathers (L,2-5) 1211110 3.49
Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Harang 113-75, Jared Burton 17-11, David Weathers 23-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Harang 5-8, David Weathers 1-1
Batters Faced - Aaron Harang 29, Jared Burton 5, David Weathers 6
Game Information
Attendance - 22758
Game Time - 2:48
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Bruce Froemming, First Base - Mark Wegner, Second Base - Brian Runge, Third Base - Mike Winters