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Weeks singled home the winning run in the 10th inning after Gagne gave up a tying home run to Corey Patterson with two outs and two strikes in the ninth as the Brewers beat the Cincinnati Reds 3-2 on Tuesday night.
"It's a lot easier to go sleep tonight," Gagne said. "It's going to make me go from not sleeping to sleeping."
After coming into this season with just 10 blown saves in his career, Gagne has only converted one of three chances with Milwaukee, failing again when Patterson hit a solo homer just over right fielder Corey Hart's leap at the wall.
"He got a pitch up. He tried to go down and away," Brewers manager Ned Yost said. "Up until that point, he was throwing the ball really, really well. ... Nobody's perfect."
Gagne said he shook off Jason Kendall's sign for a changeup and decided to throw a fastball instead.
"I tried too much for a strikeout. I think I had him set up perfect for a changeup and I didn't throw it," Gagne said. "That's going to teach me."
Gagne, who signed a one-year, $10 million contract this offseason to close for the Brewers after Francisco Cordero cashed in with a $46 million contract with the Reds, also blew a save on opening day against the Cubs on Wednesday.
But Milwaukee won that game in the 10th and did the same against the Reds.
J.J. Hardy singled for the third time in the game to start the inning and pinch-hitter Joe Dillon sacrificed Hardy to second. Kendall singled off David Weathers (0-1) to right field to set up Weeks, who said he knew what Weathers was going to throw after remembering previous at bats against him.
"He's always been a cutter-slider guy," Weeks said. "So, just sit on the little cutter-slider and drive it somewhere."
Gagne's failure overshadowed the pitching performances of Reds rookie Johnny Cueto and Brewers veteran Jeff Suppan. Cueto dominated the Brewers with his 96 mph fastball and hard slider, striking out eight in 6 1/3 innings to follow up the 10 Ks he had in his major league debut and victory on Thursday.
"He's a pretty poised young man," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "He deserved to have a shot to win this ballgame."
After the Brewers first six hitters started 0-for-16 with seven strikeouts against the 22-year-old right-hander, Bill Hall sent a hanging, full count slider in the seventh inning deep to the left-field bleachers, giving Milwaukee a 2-1 lead Gagne couldn't hold.
Cueto left one batter after giving up Hall's homer. He struck Hart for the third time before being relieved by Jared Burton. Cueto allowed five hits and has yet to walk a batter in his short career.
Cueto also got out of trouble in the fifth, striking out Weeks on a slider in the dirt to end the inning.
In the dugout after the K, Cueto pretended to be on the mound, mimicking his stare down and pitching motion before busting out with a wide grin and taking a seat.
"He's throwing strikes, quality strikes," Baker said. "He only made one mistake tonight. That was a hanging breaking ball to Billy Hall. He doesn't seem to miss those."
Hardy said both of his singles off Cueto broke his bats.
"I saw a little bit of his performance his first outing and I was a little bit intimidated by the way he was throwing," Hardy said. "He has really good stuff."
Suppan, though, kept the Reds from scoring until the seventh by relying on his sharp command, allowing a run on six hits and two walks. He left after the inning, in line to get the win before Patterson's homer.
"We won, that is the most important thing," Suppan said. "That's our favorite letter of the alphabet, the W, any way you can get it."
|Johnny Cueto throws sharply for the Reds again, but is unable to pick up his second straight win. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Corey Patterson, CF||5||1||2||2||0||0||1||.269|
|Jeff Keppinger, SS||5||0||1||0||0||0||0||.387|
|Ken Griffey Jr., RF||5||0||3||0||0||1||1||.333|
|David Weathers, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Brandon Phillips, 2B||5||0||0||0||0||1||3||.303|
|Adam Dunn, LF||2||0||0||0||3||0||0||.130|
|Edwin Encarnacion, 3B||4||0||0||0||1||0||3||.083|
|Joey Votto, 1B||3||1||2||0||0||0||0||.267|
|a- Norris Hopper, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||3||.125|
|Scott Hatteberg, 1B||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.071|
|Paul Bako, C||2||0||1||0||1||0||0||.316|
|b- Ryan Freel, PH-RF||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.083|
|Johnny Cueto, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||3||.000|
|Jared Burton, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Kent Mercker, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Javier Valentin, PH-C||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.375|
|a-grounded out for Votto in the 8th|
|b-struck out for Bako in the 9th|
|c-grounded out for Mercker in the 9th|
|HR - Corey Patterson (3, Gagne)|
|SH - Johnny Cueto (1)|
|RBI - Corey Patterson 2 (6)|
|2-OUT RBI - Corey Patterson 2 (4)|
|CS - Corey Patterson (1, 2nd base by Suppan/Kendall)|
|Team LOB - 11|
|David Weathers (L,0-1)||1.1||3||1||1||0||0||0||4.91|
|Pitches-Strikes - Johnny Cueto 96-66, Jared Burton 27-19, Kent Mercker 4-1, David Weathers 14-13|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Johnny Cueto 5-6, Jared Burton 2-0, David Weathers 1-3|
|Batters Faced - Johnny Cueto 24, Jared Burton 5, Kent Mercker 1, David Weathers 7|
|Rickie Weeks, 2B||5||0||1||1||0||2||3||.241|
|Gabe Gross, CF||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.125|
|Gabe Kapler, CF||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.438|
|Prince Fielder, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.308|
|Ryan Braun, LF||4||0||0||0||0||1||0||.281|
|Bill Hall, 3B||4||1||1||1||0||1||0||.276|
|Corey Hart, RF||4||0||0||0||0||3||0||.259|
|J.J. Hardy, SS||4||2||3||0||0||1||0||.217|
|Jeff Suppan, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Craig Counsell, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.333|
|Guillermo Mota, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Brian Shouse, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Eric Gagne, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Salomon Torres, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Joe Dillon, PH||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.333|
|Jason Kendall, C||4||0||3||1||0||1||0||.526|
|a-grounded out for Suppan in the 7th|
|b-hit a sacrifice bunt for Torres in the 10th|
|HR - Bill Hall (3, Cueto)|
|SH - Jeff Suppan 2 (2), Joe Dillon (1)|
|RBI - Rickie Weeks (2), Bill Hall (8), Jason Kendall (5)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|Guillermo Mota (H,2)||0.2||1||0||0||2||0||0||3.38|
|Brian Shouse (H,1)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.00|
|Eric Gagne (BS,2)||1||2||1||1||0||2||1||12.00|
|Salomon Torres (W,1-0)||1||0||0||0||1||1||0||3.38|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Suppan 95-54, Guillermo Mota 25-12, Brian Shouse 2-2, Eric Gagne 23-16, Salomon Torres 18-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Suppan 12-7, Guillermo Mota 1-1, Brian Shouse 1-0, Eric Gagne 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Jeff Suppan 28, Guillermo Mota 5, Brian Shouse 1, Eric Gagne 5, Salomon Torres 4|
|Attendance - 27717|
|Game Time - 3:20|
|Temperature - 60|
|Umpires - Home - Laz Diaz, First Base - Paul Schrieber, Second Base - Rob Drake, Third Base - Mike Winters|