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Milwaukee (51-43)000200000260

Reds 8, Brewers 2

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MILWAUKEE -- Edinson Volquez is at the top of his game heading into All-Star week.

Cincinnati's lone representative for Tuesday's festivities at Yankee Stadium, Volquez struck out 10 in seven sharp innings to lead the Reds past the Milwaukee Brewers 8-2 on Saturday night.

Volquez (12-3) lowered his NL-leading ERA to 2.29 and made a strong case to earn starting honors for the National League in New York.

"Edinson was outstanding," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "I wanted him to go there on a high, on a positive. He's going there with quite a few pitches. Two days' rest, that's not very long, so we'll see.

"I wouldn't mind if he started the game and just pitched only one inning."

Adam Dunn homered twice in Cincinnati's seventh victory in nine games, and Milwaukee dropped to 2-4 since acquiring CC Sabathia in a trade with Cleveland on Monday. Sabathia makes his second start Sunday for the Brewers, who fell six games behind the first-place Chicago Cubs in the NL Central.

Volquez gave up six hits and two runs, one earned. The right-hander walked two in his fourth double-digit strikeout game this season.

"I think it was one of the great nights for me," said Volquez, who threw 114 pitches. "All my pitches were there tonight. This is my No. 12. It's what I was looking for before the All-Star Game."

Seth McClung (5-5) took the loss despite striking out a season-high seven. He gave up three hits and three runs -- all on Dunn's first-inning shot. Jerry Hairston singled, Ken Griffey Jr. walked and Dunn hit his 25th homer with two outs.

Dunn and Edwin Encarnacion then went back-to-back in the ninth inning off Eric Gagne, drawing boos from the crowd for the former Brewers closer. More boos followed as Gagne was removed from the game after giving up a two-out single to Corey Patterson and a double to Hairston. Both scored on a single by Jay Bruce off Guillermo Mota.

Dunn, with five homers in six games and eight in his last 13, moved into second in the NL in homers behind Philadelphia's Ryan Howard (28).

"I go on these ruts where I can't swing -- I take pitches that I should be hitting," Dunn said. "Right now I'm in one of those things where it's the opposite. I am swinging at pitches I should be swinging at, seeing the ball pretty good and getting some good results."

Baker said Dunn is being more aggressive.

"He's centering balls, not fouling off balls sometimes like he does to put himself in the hole," Baker said. "Maybe a day off yesterday helped him, too. Just keep it coming. What does he have, 26 home runs? That's Big Dunn. We've still got a lot of games to play, so he's still got a lot of damage to do."

Milwaukee's two runs came on Prince Fielder's homer in the fourth, his 18th and only the fifth home run Volquez has given up this year. Fielder apparently didn't know it was gone, however, as he stood in the batter's box for a couple of seconds, looking up and down trying to find the ball as it headed toward the Brewers' bullpen in left.

"I think I had everything under control after that," Volquez said. "They hit a home run, but it didn't bother me."

Volquez got out of a jam in the fifth thanks to some great defense. McClung and Craig Counsell singled with one out and, following J.J. Hardy's strikeout, Ryan Braun lined a shot down the third-base line.

Encarnacion stopped it with a dive, saving a run even though he stumbled and couldn't force McClung at third. Fielder grounded out to end the threat.

"I think Encarnacion's play was huge," Counsell said. "That's two runs right there, and that gives us the lead. That was the play of the game to me. He didn't get an out, but it's two runs that were saved."

Two runs that could have gotten McClung a win.

"He pitched great," Brewers manager Ned Yost said. "He just kind of threw a rolling breaking ball in the first inning to Dunn, and besides that he buckled down and did a really nice job."

Just not quite as good as Volquez.

"He's the real deal," Yost said.

Notes

The Reds are expected to place RHP Aaron Harang on the 15-day disabled list Sunday because of a strained right forearm. The Reds will recall top prospect Homer Bailey from Triple-A Louisville to start against the Brewers. Harang's placement on the DL will be retroactive to Wednesday, and he would be eligible to come back on July 23. ... A tough scoring call from Friday's game was overturned Saturday. Hairston was awarded a triple for a ball that Brewers CF Mike Cameron lost in the lights. It had been ruled an error, and Yost and others disagreed with the call following the game.
 
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Players of the Game
Cincinnati

E. Volquez
IP 7.0
H 6
ER 1
BB 2
K 10
Cincinnati

A. Dunn
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 4
 
Cincinnati Reds
Jerry Hairston Jr., SS-LF4340100 .349
Jay Bruce, CF-RF5012024 .267
Ken Griffey Jr., RF3111110 .236
    David Weathers, P0000000 .000
   a- Javier Valentin, PH1000001 .229
    Jeff Keppinger, SS0000000 .290
Brandon Phillips, 2B4000013 .280
Adam Dunn, LF4224020 .229
    Jeremy Affeldt, P0000000 .000
Edwin Encarnacion, 3B4111000 .255
Joey Votto, 1B3000100 .281
Paul Bako, C4000021 .217
Edinson Volquez, P1000010 .057
   b- Corey Patterson, PH-CF2110000 .194
Totals35810839  
a-fouled out for Weathers in the 9th
b-flied out for Volquez in the 8th
Batting
2B - Jerry Hairston Jr. 2 (17, Riske, Gagne)
HR - Adam Dunn 2 (26, McClung, Gagne), Edwin Encarnacion (15, Gagne)
SH - Edinson Volquez (5)
RBI - Jay Bruce 2 (21), Ken Griffey Jr. (44), Adam Dunn 4 (58), Edwin Encarnacion (35)
2-OUT RBI - Jay Bruce 2 (9), Ken Griffey Jr. (10), Adam Dunn 3 (21)
CS - Jerry Hairston Jr. (3, 2nd base by McClung/Kendall)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
E - Jerry Hairston Jr. (4, Misplayed grounder)
Cincinnati Reds
Edinson Volquez (W,12-3) 76212101 2.29
David Weathers (H,10) 1000110 3.55
Jeremy Affeldt 1000010 3.91
Pitches-Strikes - Edinson Volquez 114-75, David Weathers 21-9, Jeremy Affeldt 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Edinson Volquez 10-1, David Weathers 1-1, Jeremy Affeldt 1-1
Batters Faced - Edinson Volquez 29, David Weathers 4, Jeremy Affeldt 3
Milwaukee Brewers
Craig Counsell, 2B3020100 .248
J.J. Hardy, SS4000034 .287
Ryan Braun, LF4110011 .290
Prince Fielder, 1B3122103 .269
Corey Hart, RF4000013 .289
Russell Branyan, 3B4000011 .245
Mike Cameron, CF3000120 .231
Jason Kendall, C4000021 .257
Seth McClung, P2010010 .267
    Mitch Stetter, P0000000 .000
   a- Joe Dillon, PH1000010 .231
    David Riske, P0000000 .000
    Brian Shouse, P0000000 .000
    Eric Gagne, P0000000 .000
    Guillermo Mota, P0000000 .000
   b- Gabe Kapler, PH1000000 .310
Totals33262312  
a-struck out for Stetter in the 7th
b-grounded out for Mota in the 9th
Batting
HR - Prince Fielder (18, Volquez)
RBI - Prince Fielder 2 (52)
CS - Mike Cameron (3, 2nd base by Volquez/Bako)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Kendall-Hardy-Fielder
Milwaukee Brewers
Seth McClung (L,5-5) 6.1333371 4.16
Mitch Stetter 0.2000000 2.45
David Riske 0.1111000 4.66
Brian Shouse 0.1100010 1.91
Eric Gagne 1444012 7.33
Guillermo Mota 0.1100000 5.77
Pitches-Strikes - Seth McClung 96-60, Mitch Stetter 5-3, David Riske 7-6, Brian Shouse 9-6, Eric Gagne 27-21, Guillermo Mota 8-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Seth McClung 4-7, Eric Gagne 1-1
Batters Faced - Seth McClung 24, Mitch Stetter 2, David Riske 2, Brian Shouse 2, Eric Gagne 7, Guillermo Mota 2
Game Information
Attendance - 43556
Game Time - 3:05
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Mike Reilly, First Base - Bob Davidson, Second Base - Alfonso Marquez, Third Base - Andy Fletcher