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Harang sets tone, Cordero finishes off ex-teammates for Reds

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MILWAUKEE -- Francisco Cordero said it didn't really bother him to get booed by the fans who used to cheer him on.

In fact, he said, the harsh reception gave him a little extra motivation -- something he showed by mowing down three of the Milwaukee Brewers' biggest bats to earn a save in the Cincinnati Reds' 4-1 victory Thursday.

"They're probably a little upset that I left," Cordero said. "They probably want me back."

Cordero's new teammates, meanwhile, thought it was hilarious.

"Man, they booed (you) worse than they booed me," Ken Griffey Jr. hooted in the clubhouse afterward. "That was tremendous!"

Cordero's second save of the season came after eight strong innings from starter Aaron Harang, who gave up a soft RBI single to J.J. Hardy in the second and then held the Brewers' potent offense scoreless until Cordero came in for the ninth.

With the victory, Cincinnati rebounded from Tuesday's loss to take two out of three from the Brewers. Cincinnati held Milwaukee to eight runs in three games.

"It shows that we've definitely turned it around, and I think we're going to be a team to be reckoned with," Harang said.

Cordero, who left Milwaukee to sign a four-year, $46 million contract with Cincinnati in the offseason, said he enjoyed facing Prince Fielder, Ryan Braun and Bill Hall.

"They've all got power," Cordero said. "Just in a blink, they can tie the game. So you've got to go right at it and try to get it done quick."

He did, getting Fielder to pop out, striking out Braun on a slider and getting Hall to ground out.

Brewers manager Ned Yost, who has patiently watched new closer Eric Gagne blow two of his first three save opportunities, was asked if it was strange to see Cordero in another uniform.

"No," Yost said. "It's reality."

Meanwhile, Fielder is dealing with his own reality: He hasn't hit a home run yet.

"It's God-awful," Fielder said. "Being in the middle of the lineup, I have to do a little better. I'll just keep going out there swinging hard."

Harang (1-1) allowed five hits, striking out three without a walk. He threw 74 of his 99 pitches for strikes.

"The fact that they know I'm going to be out there throwing strikes just makes them have to swing the bat," Harang said.

Harang said the addition of Cordero "locks up" the back end of the Reds' pitching staff. And he couldn't help but chuckle about the boos Cordero received from Brewers fans.

"I had to see that," Harang said, laughing. "That was something special."

Brewers starter Carlos Villanueva (1-1) held the Reds hitless into the fifth inning, when he gave up a single to Scott Hatteberg and an RBI double by Paul Bako. Tied 1-1 going into the seventh, Cincinnati chased Villanueva with three runs.

Adam Dunn led off the inning with a half-swing flare over Hall, who plays third for Milwaukee but was standing at shortstop as part of a defensive shift. Edwin Encarnacion then hit the first pitch he saw from Villanueva for his second homer of the season.

Reds manager Dusty Baker gave Encarnacion, who was hitless in his last 17 at-bats after going 0-for-4 Tuesday, the day off Wednesday.

"He was ready to go," Baker said. "Sometimes, you've got to clear your mind. My job as a manager is knowing when -- or at least guessing when."

The Reds took a 4-1 lead when Hatteberg doubled and scored on a single by Paul Bako.

Cincinnati had a chance for an even bigger inning after Harang punched a single past Hall -- making up for a failed squeeze play in the fifth -- but Griffey hit into a double play with the bases loaded to end the inning.

Notes

  • Yost said the Brewers would prefer to give Yovani Gallardo another minor league rehab start before bringing him up. But with rain forecast for this weekend's series against the Mets in New York, Gallardo will be with the team just in case weather disrupts the rotation. Gallardo is rehabbing a left knee injury.
  • With three games in Pittsburgh followed by a day off Monday, Baker said he might juggle his rotation to keep Harang on his regular five-day schedule.
 
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Aaron Harang allows an RBI single and five hits over eight innings of work for the Reds.  (AP)
Aaron Harang allows an RBI single and five hits over eight innings of work for the Reds. (AP)

Players of the Game
Cincinnati

A. Harang
IP 8.0
H 5
ER 1
BB 0
K 3
Cincinnati

E. Encarnacion
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Cincinnati Reds
Corey Patterson, CF5000002 .278
Jeff Keppinger, SS4000101 .342
Ken Griffey Jr., RF3000111 .323
Brandon Phillips, 2B4000011 .286
Adam Dunn, LF4110000 .172
Edwin Encarnacion, 3B3222100 .148
Scott Hatteberg, 1B3120101 .211
Paul Bako, C3022111 .364
Aaron Harang, P2010011 .333
   a- Joey Votto, PH1000001 .235
    Francisco Cordero, P0000000 .000
Totals3248454  
a-lined out for Harang in the 9th
Batting
2B - Scott Hatteberg (1, Villanueva), Paul Bako (2, Villanueva)
HR - Edwin Encarnacion (2, Villanueva)
SH - Aaron Harang (1)
RBI - Edwin Encarnacion 2 (5), Paul Bako 2 (3)
CS - Scott Hatteberg (1, Home by Villanueva/Kendall)
Team LOB - 7
Cincinnati Reds
Aaron Harang (W,1-1) 8511030 2.14
Francisco Cordero (S,2) 1000010 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Harang 99-74, Francisco Cordero 8-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Harang 14-7, Francisco Cordero 1-1
Batters Faced - Aaron Harang 29, Francisco Cordero 3
Milwaukee Brewers
Rickie Weeks, 2B4000002 .189
Gabe Gross, CF3010000 .143
    Brian Shouse, P0000000 .000
   a- Craig Counsell, PH1000001 .250
    Derrick Turnbow, P0000000 .000
Prince Fielder, 1B4000001 .242
Ryan Braun, LF4000011 .250
Bill Hall, 3B4110000 .270
Corey Hart, RF2000010 .273
J.J. Hardy, SS3011010 .200
Carlos Villanueva, P1000010 .000
    Gabe Kapler, CF1000000 .389
Jason Kendall, C3020001 .538
Totals3015104  
a-hit into fielder's choice for Shouse in the 8th
Batting
2B - Gabe Gross (1, Harang), Bill Hall (2, Harang)
SH - Corey Hart (1), Carlos Villanueva (1)
RBI - J.J. Hardy (2)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Hardy-Weeks-Fielder
Milwaukee Brewers
Carlos Villanueva (L,1-1) 6744341 4.76
Brian Shouse 2100100 0.00
Derrick Turnbow 1000100 6.00
IBB - Keppinger by Brian Shouse
Pitches-Strikes - Carlos Villanueva 95-58, Brian Shouse 14-8, Derrick Turnbow 13-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carlos Villanueva 9-4, Brian Shouse 5-0, Derrick Turnbow 1-2
Batters Faced - Carlos Villanueva 27, Brian Shouse 7, Derrick Turnbow 4
Game Information
Attendance - 25023
Game Time - 2:16
Temperature - 62
Umpires - Home - Rob Drake, First Base - Mike Winters, Second Base - Laz Diaz, Third Base - Paul Schrieber