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Reds touch up Gagne for two HRs in 10th; Griffey single caps rally

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CINCINNATI -- When Edwin Encarnacion came to bat in the bottom of the 10th against Brewers closer Eric Gagne, the few thousand rain-chilled fans left in the stands began to boo.

Encarnacion expected it.

The third baseman let Milwaukee pull ahead in the top of the inning with yet another error. Then he hit a solo homer, his second of the game, that sparked the Cincinnati Reds toward a slump-busting, 4-3 victory Sunday.

"I knew my error could lose the game," said Encarnacion, who has six of Cincinnati's 11 errors this season.

Instead, Paul Bako followed with another solo shot off Gagne (1-1), who was pitching for the fourth day in a row. Ken Griffey Jr. eventually ended it with a run-scoring single off Salomon Torres.

The Reds won for only the second time in their past nine games, a downturn linked to their struggling offense. Down to their last at-bat on Sunday, they finally got it going.

"I'm still excited," manager Dusty Baker said. "We needed that one so badly -- big-time. That was a good script. I can sleep tonight. I haven't slept worth nothing."

Encarnacion helped the Brewers pull ahead 3-1 in the top of the 10th by booting a grounder as he hurried to try to start a double play. Jared Burton (1-1) let in a run with a wild pitch, and J.J. Hardy singled home another.

Milwaukee was only three outs from a series sweep.

Manager Ned Yost didn't have any qualms about bringing in Gagne to pitch for the fourth consecutive day. The closer had been throwing well lately, converting his past five chances, and assured Yost that he could get those last three outs.

"He felt good," Yost said. "I check with my relievers every day. It was pushing it a little bit, but he felt good, he felt loose."

The feeling didn't last.

"I felt very good," Gagne said. "I got behind in the count. That's the thing: You've got to get ahead. I didn't do that today."

After Gagne gave up the back-to-back home runs and walked Scott Hatteberg, Salomon Torres relieved and gave up an infield single to Brandon Phillips. Griffey singled over the head of right fielder Corey Hart to end the game and Encarnacion's misery.

"Eddie's a great guy," Griffey said. "He works hard every day. He makes mistakes, but he's able to go up there and make up for it. You want him to go out and not get too down on himself and help the team any way, shape or form."

Another cool, wet afternoon made it tough on the hitters. A steady rain fell throughout, and fans bundled themselves in jackets and hooded sweat shirts against the 56-degree chill.

The only thing that the teams managed through the first nine innings was one homer apiece -- Hardy in the fourth, Encarnacion in the sixth.

Milwaukee's Yovani Gallardo, activated off the disabled list before the game, allowed only four hits through eight innings. The right-hander proved his surgically repaired left knee was fine by throwing 112 pitches.

Aaron Harang was sick in his start last Tuesday, when the Cubs piled up five runs in six innings of a 9-5 victory at Wrigley Field. He was back in form Sunday, allowing four hits in eight innings while striking out eight.

His only glaring mistake came against Hardy, one of numerous Brewers hitters who have yet to find their stroke. The shortstop was a first-time All-Star last season, when he hit 26 home runs, but has struggled to keep his average above .200 in April.

On his first swing against Harang in the fourth, he sent a belt-high fastball toward the upper deck in left field for his first home run. Hardy also threw Adam Dunn out at the plate on a relay as he tried to score standing up from first base on Jeff Keppinger's double in the fourth inning.

Notes

  • Milwaukee optioned utility player Joe Dillon to Triple-A Nashville to open a roster spot for Gallardo. Dillon was primarily a pinch-hitter, going 2-for-10 in nine games.
  • The Reds put reliever David Weathers on the 15-day DL with an inflamed nerve in his right elbow. The move opens a spot for RHP Matt Belisle, who is expected to be activated off the DL to start Monday's game against the Dodgers.
  • Encarnacion has hit in 10 consecutive games, matching his career high.
  • Cincinnati's Corey Patterson extended his slump to 0-for-22.
 
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Paul Bako congratulates Edwin Encarnacion for his solo shot in the 10th. Bako follows with one of his own.  (AP)
Paul Bako congratulates Edwin Encarnacion for his solo shot in the 10th. Bako follows with one of his own. (AP)

Players of the Game
Milwaukee

J. Hardy
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
Cincinnati

E. Encarnacion
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 2
 

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Milwaukee Brewers
Rickie Weeks, 2B5000035 .174
J.J. Hardy, SS5132001 .231
Ryan Braun, LF4000123 .222
Prince Fielder, 1B4000011 .222
Corey Hart, RF4000021 .273
Bill Hall, 3B4000010 .211
Gabe Gross, CF3110100 .139
Yovani Gallardo, P3010001 .333
    Mitch Stetter, P0000000 .000
   a- Craig Counsell, PH1110000 .391
    Eric Gagne, P0000000 .000
    Salomon Torres, P0000000 .000
Jason Kendall, C4010011 .352
Totals37372210  
a-singled for Stetter in the 10th
Batting
2B - Yovani Gallardo (1, Harang), Jason Kendall (7, Harang)
HR - J.J. Hardy (1, Harang)
RBI - J.J. Hardy 2 (6)
2-OUT RBI - J.J. Hardy (2)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Ryan Braun 1
Milwaukee Brewers
Yovani Gallardo 7411341 1.29
Mitch Stetter 2000020 0.00
Eric Gagne (BS,3; L,1-1)0233102 8.22
Salomon Torres 0.1200010 2.08
Pitches-Strikes - Yovani Gallardo 112-68, Mitch Stetter 22-14, Eric Gagne 14-7, Salomon Torres 14-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Yovani Gallardo 7-9, Mitch Stetter 2-2
Batters Faced - Yovani Gallardo 27, Mitch Stetter 6, Eric Gagne 3, Salomon Torres 3
Cincinnati Reds
Corey Patterson, CF3000211 .186
Brandon Phillips, 2B5010003 .264
Ken Griffey Jr., RF5011001 .261
Adam Dunn, LF3000121 .189
Jeff Keppinger, SS4020001 .329
Joey Votto, 1B4000011 .298
    Jared Burton, P0000000 .000
Edwin Encarnacion, 3B4222000 .258
Paul Bako, C4121010 .313
Aaron Harang, P2000020 .200
    Francisco Cordero, P0000000 .000
    Scott Hatteberg, 1B0000100 .160
    Ryan Freel, PR0100000 .267
Totals3448447  
Batting
2B - Jeff Keppinger 2 (7, Gallardo, Gallardo)
HR - Edwin Encarnacion 2 (4, Gallardo, Gagne), Paul Bako (1, Gagne)
SH - Aaron Harang (2)
RBI - Ken Griffey Jr. (13), Edwin Encarnacion 2 (9), Paul Bako (4)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Keppinger-Votto
E - Edwin Encarnacion (6, Misplayed grounder)
Cincinnati Reds
Aaron Harang 8411081 2.83
Francisco Cordero 1100100 1.13
Jared Burton (W,1-1) 1220120 4.22
WP - Jared Burton (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Harang 114-74, Francisco Cordero 17-9, Jared Burton 26-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Harang 9-7, Francisco Cordero 2-0, Jared Burton 1-1
Batters Faced - Aaron Harang 28, Francisco Cordero 4, Jared Burton 7
Game Information
Attendance - 26902
Game Time - 3:07
Temperature - 59
Umpires - Home - Marvin Hudson, First Base - Randy Marsh, Second Base - Brian Knight, Third Base - Hunter Wendelstedt