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Fielder ties Brewers record with 45th homer in loss to Reds

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MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Brewers thought they got a lucky break when Cincinnati's top two starters -- Aaron Harang and Bronson Arroyo -- were not scheduled to pitch in their three-game series. A 30-year-old rookie foiled the fun.

Tom Shearn gave up four hits over 6 2-3 innings, Brandon Phillips drove in three runs and Adam Dunn hit his 39th homer to lead the Reds to their fourth straight victory, 6-5 on Friday night.

"All them years, I never thought I would be in this spot where I am now. It's a dream come true," said Shearn (3-0), who spent 11 years in the minors and missed 2003 recovering from Tommy John surgery. "No matter if I got my butt handed to me out there, I think I would still come off with a smile, just that I'm here."

Prince Fielder hit his NL-leading 45th home run and said after the game he's having fun, too, during the Brewers' postseason push. The dour look on his face showed otherwise.

"I don't have any pressure," Fielder said, looking straight down. "This is why you play. For me, it's no pressure. Hopefully it's not for anybody else, either."

The Brewers fell 1 ½ games behind first-place Chicago in the NL Central after the Cubs beat St. Louis 5-3 on Friday.

Milwaukee, which has the best home winning percentage in the NL, hoped to take advantage of a three-game homestand with ace Ben Sheets starting.

But Sheets (12-5) allowed four runs in the first inning.

After a single, a walk and a double steal, Phillips hit a two-run single to bring up Dunn.

Dunn came in batting .161 without an RBI in 31 at-bats against the right-hander, but he reached out and hit a low, outside pitch down the right field line to make it 4-0.

"He hit a breaking ball, but I mean, who cares? Results are the only thing that really matters now," Sheets said. "Four runs in the first pretty much dooms my chances for getting deep in that game and puts us in a big bind."

Dunn has a career-best 103 RBI.

"(It) isn't really a number that's that outstanding," he said.

Cincinnati, starting a 10-game road trip, added another run in the second on a sacrifice fly by Phillips to make it 5-0, but Brewers manager Ned Yost said he had no plans to pull Sheets at that point.

"He's my No. 1 starter, in the first inning, the ball that hurt him was Dunn's homer. That's the fifth hitter. I'm surely not going to pull him for the fifth hitter in the ballgame," Yost said. "(And) Brandon Phillips is a nice player, but he's also hit into 24 double plays."

Bill Bray of the Reds worked the ninth for his first save of the season but he allowed the Brewers to get within 6-5.

With two outs, Corey Hart bunted and Bray couldn't come up with it quick enough for a single. Pinch-hitter Mike Rivera followed with his second homer of the year to make it 6-5, but Bray got Kevin Mench on a foul pop to end it.

The Reds have scored 15 runs in the first innings of Shearn's four starts, and he effectively used his four pitches -- highlighted by a 68 mph curveball -- to become the first Reds right-handed starter to begin his career 3-0 since Santo Alcala and Pat Zachry in 1976.

While his fastball wasn't as slow as the 37 mph it once registered on the scoreboard, Shearn was able to stay out of trouble until a leadoff double by Rickie Weeks in the fourth and Fielder's 425-foot homer to center that tied the Brewers' franchise record held by Richie Sexson (2001, '03) and Gorman Thomas (1979).

"I'm about wins, however many home runs it takes to win, that's how many as I want," Fielder said.

Milwaukee added a run in the seventh on Johnny Estrada's RBI single that chased Shearn, who allowed four hits and walked one while striking out four. The Reds made it 6-3 in the eighth on Edwin Encarnacion's sacrifice fly.

Sheets, who had been 2-0 in three starts after missing 1 ½ months with a sprained right middle finger, struggled with his curveball and was pulled for a pinch hitter in the third.

He gave up five runs and six hits, walked two and struck out three, but said the finger felt fine.

Notes

  • Cincinnati is an NL Central-best 37-28 since Pete Mackanin took over as interim manager in July.
  • The Reds stole four bases in the first inning for the first time since May 16, 1993, when they had four in the first against Colorado.
  • Sheets matched his shortest start of the season. He also went three innings against the Cubs on April 25 before being pulled because of a strained groin.
  • Brewers LF Geoff Jenkins was ejected in the seventh for arguing a checked swing call.
 
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Prince Fielder enjoys his NL-leading 45th homer, but the Brewers come up short a run in the ninth. (AP)
Prince Fielder enjoys his NL-leading 45th homer, but the Brewers come up short a run in the ninth. (AP)

Players of the Game
Milwaukee

P. Fielder
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
Cincinnati

A. Dunn
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Cincinnati Reds
Norris Hopper, CF5230010 .339
Jeff Keppinger, SS4110101 .333
Ken Griffey Jr., RF5010004 .282
Brandon Phillips, 2B3123010 .292
Adam Dunn, LF4222012 .267
    Jason Ellison, LF0000000 .212
Edwin Encarnacion, 3B2001110 .285
Joey Votto, 1B4020012 .462
Ryan Hanigan, C3000121 .250
Tom Shearn, P3000012 .000
    Todd Coffey, P0000000 .000
   a- Buck Coats, PH1000001 .000
    Eddie Guardado, P0000000 .000
    Bill Bray, P0000000 .000
Totals34611638  
a-grounded out for Coffey in the 8th
Batting
2B - Adam Dunn (25, Stetter), Joey Votto (4, Stetter)
HR - Adam Dunn (39, Sheets)
SF - Brandon Phillips (5), Edwin Encarnacion (1)
RBI - Brandon Phillips 3 (88), Adam Dunn 2 (103), Edwin Encarnacion (69)
SB - Norris Hopper 2 (12, 3rd base off Sheets/Estrada, 2nd base off Sheets/Estrada), Jeff Keppinger (2, 2nd base off Sheets/Estrada), Brandon Phillips (31, 2nd base off Sheets/Estrada), Joey Votto (1, 2nd base off Sheets/Estrada)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - B. Phillips-Votto
E - Edwin Encarnacion (13, Misplayed grounder)
Cincinnati Reds
Tom Shearn (W,3-0) 6.2433141 4.15
Todd Coffey (H,7) 0.1000000 6.46
Eddie Guardado (H,1) 1000030 10.24
Bill Bray (S,1) 1222001 6.17
WP - Tom Shearn (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Tom Shearn 95-58, Todd Coffey 2-2, Eddie Guardado 16-11, Bill Bray 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tom Shearn 5-11, Todd Coffey 1-0
Batters Faced - Tom Shearn 25, Todd Coffey 1, Eddie Guardado 3, Bill Bray 5
Milwaukee Brewers
Rickie Weeks, 2B4110010 .236
Gabe Gross, RF3000001 .241
   a- Bill Hall, PH-CF1000010 .255
Ryan Braun, 3B4000021 .325
Prince Fielder, 1B3112100 .290
Corey Hart, CF-RF4220001 .298
Geoff Jenkins, LF3000012 .261
    Mike Rivera, C1112000 .500
Johnny Estrada, C3011000 .282
    Mel Stocker, PR-LF0000000 .000
   b- Kevin Mench, PH1000000 .271
J.J. Hardy, SS3000001 .273
Ben Sheets, P0000000 .067
   c- Laynce Nix, PH1000000 .000
    Chris Capuano, P1000010 .231
    Mitch Stetter, P0000000 .000
    Scott Linebrink, P0000000 .000
   d- Joe Dillon, PH1000010 .383
    Chris Spurling, P0000000 .000
    Brian Shouse, P0000000 .000
Totals3356517  
a-struck out for Gross in the 8th
b-fouled out for Stocker in the 9th
c-grounded out for Sheets in the 3rd
d-struck out for Linebrink in the 8th
Batting
2B - Rickie Weeks (19, Shearn), Corey Hart (28, Shearn)
HR - Prince Fielder (45, Shearn), Mike Rivera (2, Bray)
RBI - Prince Fielder 2 (108), Mike Rivera 2 (3), Johnny Estrada (48)
2-OUT RBI - Prince Fielder 2 (34), Mike Rivera 2 (3), Johnny Estrada (22)
SB - Mel Stocker (1, 2nd base off Coffey/Hanigan)
Team LOB - 2
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Corey Hart 1
DP - Braun-Weeks-Fielder
Milwaukee Brewers
Ben Sheets (L,12-5) 3655231 3.78
Chris Capuano 4200140 5.21
Mitch Stetter 0.1211000 4.15
Scott Linebrink 0.2000010 3.56
Chris Spurling 0.2100000 4.81
Brian Shouse 0.1000000 2.72
IBB - Hanigan by Ben Sheets, Encarnacion by Chris Capuano
WP - Mitch Stetter (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Ben Sheets 50-30, Chris Capuano 56-38, Mitch Stetter 11-6, Scott Linebrink 9-6, Chris Spurling 7-6, Brian Shouse 5-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Capuano 3-4, Scott Linebrink 1-0, Chris Spurling 1-0
Batters Faced - Ben Sheets 17, Chris Capuano 14, Mitch Stetter 3, Scott Linebrink 2, Chris Spurling 2, Brian Shouse 1
Game Information
Attendance - 42944
Game Time - 2:39
Temperature - 66
Umpires - Home - Wally Bell, First Base - Mike DiMuro, Second Base - Bill Welke, Third Base - John Hirschbeck