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Keppinger caps Reds' three-run rally in ninth, downs Brewers

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MILWAUKEE -- Salomon Torres rarely has blown a lead for Milwaukee this year. With the team slumping, the Brewers' closer picked a bad time to have his worst outing of the season.

Jeff Keppinger's double capped a three-run, ninth-inning rally off Torres and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Brewers 5-4 on Monday night.

"We're not automatic, unfortunately," said Torres, who had not given up more than two runs in a game all year before Monday night. "That's the way it is. I will be the first one to admit I picked the wrong time to give up three runs."

With the loss, the Brewers' lead in the NL wild-card race shrunk to three games over the Phillies with 18 games left. Philadelphia beat Florida 8-6. The Brewers and Phillies start a key four-game series beginning Thursday in Philadelphia.

It was only the seventh blown save for Torres in 33 save opportunities. In his previous 11 outings, Torres had given up only one earned run.

"If this was the last game of the season and prevented us from going to the playoffs then everybody would be crying. But, now, we still have time," he said. "We can't let this bother us. As much as we wanted to come out on top, it didn't happen."

Torres (6-5) has been the consistently strong reliever in a Brewers bullpen that has labored at times this season. He took over closer duties in May when Eric Gagne struggled and subsequently went on the disabled list.

The right-hander entered the game with Milwaukee leading 4-2, but allowed consecutive singles to Jay Bruce and Wilkin Castillo, and a walk to Chris Dickerson to load the bases with no outs.

Pinch-hitter Javier Valentin struck out, but Corey Patterson's hard liner up the middle hit Torres in the leg for an infield single, pulling the Reds to 4-3.

Torres said he almost caught the ball, but it hit him in the left foot.

"Superman doesn't make that play, Mighty Mouse doesn't make it either," Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said. "We kind of got lucky that it hit his foot because it was probably going to go up the middle (into the outfield) and score two runs."

Keppinger then hit a shot past left fielder Ryan Braun to the base of the wall, scoring Castillo and Dickerson to give the Reds the lead for good.

Jared Burton (5-1) pitched a scoreless eighth for the victory. Francisco Cordero pitched the ninth for his 28th save in 34 chances.

The Brewers have lost six of eight.

"You keep grinding until you pull out (of a slump), Yost said. "They're going through some tough times but they're grinding."

Jason Kendall hit his second homer and J.J. Hardy hit his 23rd homer for Milwaukee. It was Kendall's first homer since July 11 and the first allowed by Volquez since July 30, a span of 38 innings.

Joey Votto hit his 19th homer for Cincinnati.

Milwaukee starter Dave Bush allowed two runs and seven hits in eight innings.

Cincinnati starter Edinson Volquez pitched 5 2/3 innings, giving up four runs and five hits with three walks while striking out 10.

"He was throwing the ball well," Cincinnati manager Dusty Baker said. "Glad we got that loss off of Volquez. He was throwing the ball good except for the solo homer and two-run homer."

The Reds also loaded the bases with no outs in the fourth, but failed to score. Paul Bako hit a bouncer back to Bush, who threw home to Kendall for the force to start a double play. Volquez then popped out weekly to first to end the inning.

Prince Fielder's RBI groundout made it 1-0 Milwaukee in the first. Castillo's RBI single tied it in the second for the Reds.

Notes

  • The Reds activated INF/OF Jerry Hairston Jr. from the 15-day DL before the game.
  • The Reds said they would recall six minor leaguers from Triple-A Louisville on Tuesday. The team expected to recall INFs Paul Janish, Danny Richar, Adam Rosales, RHPs Jon Adkins and Josh Roenicke, and LHPs Daniel Ray Herrera and Adam Pettyjohn. Louisville was eliminated from the International League playoffs on Sunday.
  • Milwaukee CF Mike Cameron returned to the lineup after missing two games with a sore knee.
 
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Paul Bako greets Francisco Cordero after Cordero completes the Reds' comeback with his 28th save.  (AP)
Paul Bako greets Francisco Cordero after Cordero completes the Reds' comeback with his 28th save. (AP)

Players of the Game
Milwaukee

J. Kendall
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
Cincinnati

J. Keppinger
AB 5
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Cincinnati Reds
Corey Patterson, CF5011010 .204
Jeff Keppinger, SS5012000 .264
Brandon Phillips, 2B5010002 .262
Joey Votto, 1B4111101 .292
Edwin Encarnacion, 3B5020013 .256
Jay Bruce, RF3220101 .263
Wilkin Castillo, LF4131001 .500
    Ryan Hanigan, C0000000 .279
Paul Bako, C2000111 .207
   a- Chris Dickerson, PH-LF0100100 .322
Edinson Volquez, P2000004 .093
    Mike Lincoln, P0000000 .000
   b- Jerry Hairston Jr., PH1000000 .337
    Nick Masset, P0000000 .000
    Jared Burton, P0000000 .000
   c- Javier Valentin, PH1000013 .244
    Francisco Cordero, P0000000 .000
Totals37511544  
a-walked for Bako in the 9th
b-popped out for Lincoln in the 7th
c-struck out for Burton in the 9th
Batting
2B - Jeff Keppinger (21, Torres), Jay Bruce (15, Bush)
HR - Joey Votto (19, Bush)
RBI - Corey Patterson (29), Jeff Keppinger 2 (38), Joey Votto (71), Wilkin Castillo (1)
2-OUT RBI - Joey Votto (29), Wilkin Castillo (1)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - B. Phillips-Votto
PB - Paul Bako (8)
Cincinnati Reds
Edinson Volquez 5.25443102 3.23
Mike Lincoln 0.1000000 4.87
Nick Masset 1100000 3.92
Jared Burton (W,5-1) 1000010 2.77
Francisco Cordero (S,28) 1000000 3.41
Pitches-Strikes - Edinson Volquez 119-70, Mike Lincoln 7-4, Nick Masset 19-11, Jared Burton 9-7, Francisco Cordero 9-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Edinson Volquez 3-4, Nick Masset 2-0, Jared Burton 2-0
Batters Faced - Edinson Volquez 25, Mike Lincoln 1, Nick Masset 3, Jared Burton 3, Francisco Cordero 3
Milwaukee Brewers
Ray Durham, 2B4120010 .284
J.J. Hardy, SS4111012 .287
Ryan Braun, LF3010120 .301
Prince Fielder, 1B4001021 .260
Corey Hart, RF4000022 .282
Mike Cameron, CF4010010 .255
Craig Counsell, 3B2100210 .231
Jason Kendall, C4112002 .254
Dave Bush, P3000010 .094
    Salomon Torres, P0000000 .000
Totals32464311  
Batting
2B - Ray Durham (30, Volquez)
HR - J.J. Hardy (23, Volquez), Jason Kendall (2, Volquez)
RBI - J.J. Hardy (69), Prince Fielder (83), Jason Kendall 2 (44)
2-OUT RBI - J.J. Hardy (27)
SB - Ryan Braun 2 (14, 2nd base off Volquez/Bako, 2nd base off Volquez/Bako)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Bush-Kendall-Fielder
Milwaukee Brewers
Dave Bush 8722231 4.23
Salomon Torres (BS,7; L,6-5) 1433210 2.74
IBB - Bako by Dave Bush, Votto by Salomon Torres
Pitches-Strikes - Dave Bush 99-67, Salomon Torres 25-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dave Bush 11-9, Salomon Torres 1-1
Batters Faced - Dave Bush 32, Salomon Torres 9
Game Information
Attendance - 30867
Game Time - 2:52
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Jeff Nelson, First Base - Rob Drake, Second Base - Bill Miller, Third Base - Tim Tschida