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Reds' big bats deal another blow to Brewers' playoff chances

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CINCINNATI -- A lot of big, bad numbers are slowly crushing the Milwaukee Brewers.

Their mind-boggling September slide kept going Friday night, and time is starting to run out. The Cincinnati Reds piled up seven homers -- two apiece by Joey Votto and Jay Bruce -- in an 11-2 victory that made the Brewers a little more desperate.

The odds against Milwaukee reaching the playoffs get bigger each day.

"We're just not playing the same ball we played early," said Manny Parra, who gave up four of Cincinnati's seven homers. "It's as simple as that."

The Brewers opened September with one of the best records in the majors, hopes of catching the Cubs in the NL Central, and a comforting 5½-game lead in the wild-card race. For the second season in a row, they're collapsing at the end.

Milwaukee's 14th loss in 18 September games left the Cubs one victory -- or one Milwaukee loss -- from clinching their second consecutive division title. Worse, the Brewers are two games behind Philadelphia in the wild-card race with only eight to play.

"You're running out of ballgames," interim manager Dale Sveum said. "It's going to come to that point. Hopefully you don't have to win every single game, but it might get to that point here pretty quick."

Only six pitches into the game, the Brewers were out of it.

With Ben Sheets watching from the dugout railing, resting a sore pitching elbow that has thrown his season into doubt and the rotation into disarray, the rest of the Brewers' staff gave a horrible performance. Milwaukee hadn't given up more than five homers in any game this season. The Reds topped that mark and kept going.

Jeff Suppan (10-10) has epitomized Milwaukee's fade. The right-hander went 5-0 in August, but has yet to win a game in September, going 0-3 while allowing 19 earned runs in 16 1/3 innings. He lasted only two innings on Friday night.

"It doesn't matter when it is, you don't want to put your team in a hole in the first inning, and that's what I did tonight," Suppan said.

Votto hit Suppan's sixth pitch of the game for a three-run homer, his 20th. Two batters later, Bruce hit his 20th homer for a 5-0 lead, giving Cincinnati the only pair of 20-homer rookies in the majors.

The Reds have already clinched their eighth consecutive losing season, but are getting a kick out of making somebody else miserable.

"Big time," Votto said. "You always want to disrupt things. It's always nice to mess up the wild card and the Central Division."

Parra relieved and gave up four more homers -- solo shots by Votto, Jolbert Cabrera and Andy Phillips along with a two-run homer by Jerry Hairston Jr. Bruce completed the outburst with a solo shot off Tim Dillard.

Right-hander Ramon Ramirez (1-0) went six innings for his first victory in the majors. The 26-year-old rookie has faced the Brewers twice this month and allowed only three runs in 12 innings.

It's been a numbing week for the Brewers, who fired manager Ned Yost on Monday and have gone 1-3 under Sveum. With a chance to stop their slide at Wrigley Field on Thursday night, the Brewers took a 6-2 lead into the ninth and watched closer Salomon Torres give it up with two outs, setting up a crushing 7-6 loss in 12 innings.

A day later, they were done early, left to pick over the details of another lost game.

"Sometimes there are no answers," Sveum said.

Notes

  • Brewers RHP Yovani Gallardo threw 75 pitches in a simulated game on Friday. Gallardo tore a ligament in his right knee on May 2 and has been on the DL since.
  • 2B Ray Durham strained his right hamstring and left in the fourth inning. He singled, extending his hitting streak to six games, but was caught stealing.
  • Bruce has seven homers in September. The rookie is 4-for-7 career off Suppan with three homers.
  • It was the fourth time that Votto and Bruce homered in the same game.
  • The seven homers matched Cincinnati's season high.
 
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Pitching coach Mike Maddux has a few words for Jeff Suppan, who fails to make it into the third inning.   (AP)
Pitching coach Mike Maddux has a few words for Jeff Suppan, who fails to make it into the third inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
Cincinnati

J. Votto
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 4
Cincinnati

R. Ramirez
IP 6.0
H 7
ER 2
BB 2
K 5
 

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Milwaukee Brewers
Mike Cameron, CF4011011 .243
    Tony Gwynn Jr., CF1010000 .195
Ray Durham, 2B2010011 .291
    Bill Hall, 3B1000111 .225
    Tim Dillard, P00000001.000
   a- Vinny Rottino, PH1000002 .000
Ryan Braun, LF4110101 .287
Prince Fielder, 1B4020002 .273
J.J. Hardy, SS4020003 .284
    Alcides Escobar, SS0000000 .667
Corey Hart, RF4011013 .274
Craig Counsell, 3B-2B2100203 .226
Jason Kendall, C1000102 .246
    Mike Rivera, C1000001 .306
Jeff Suppan, P0000000 .143
   b- Rickie Weeks, PH1000011 .232
    Manny Parra, P1000001 .226
   c- Mike Lamb, PH-3B1000000 .234
   d- Joe Dillon, PH1010000 .222
Totals33210255  
a-flied out for Dillard in the 9th
b-struck out for Suppan in the 3rd
c-flied out for Parra in the 7th
d-singled for Lamb in the 9th
Batting
RBI - Mike Cameron (68), Corey Hart (87)
2-OUT RBI - Mike Cameron (22)
SB - Bill Hall (5, 2nd base off Lincoln/Hanigan)
CS - Ray Durham (4, 2nd base by Ramirez/Hanigan)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
E - Mike Lamb (5, Throwing)
Milwaukee Brewers
Jeff Suppan (L,10-10) 2555022 5.06
Manny Parra 4755024 4.45
Tim Dillard 2311111 4.40
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Suppan 38-27, Manny Parra 63-39, Tim Dillard 36-23
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Suppan 1-3, Manny Parra 6-4, Tim Dillard 4-2
Batters Faced - Jeff Suppan 11, Manny Parra 19, Tim Dillard 11
Cincinnati Reds
Jerry Hairston Jr., SS5232000 .332
Wilkin Castillo, 2B4110020 .346
   a- Danny Richar, PH-2B1000001 .167
Joey Votto, 1B4224100 .287
Jolbert Cabrera, LF5221001 .263
Jay Bruce, RF5223002 .260
Adam Rosales, 3B4010000 .182
Corey Patterson, CF4010022 .205
Ryan Hanigan, C4020001 .286
Ramon Ramirez, P2100011 .125
   b- Andy Phillips, PH1111000 .225
    Mike Lincoln, P0000000 .000
   c- Micah Owings, PH1000002 .296
    Jon Adkins, P0000000 .000
    Jeremy Affeldt, P0000000 .000
Totals4011151115  
a-flied out for Castillo in the 8th
b-homered for Ramirez in the 6th
c-grounded out for Lincoln in the 7th
Batting
HR - Jerry Hairston Jr. (4, Parra), Joey Votto 2 (21, Suppan, Parra), Jolbert Cabrera (3, Parra), Jay Bruce 2 (21, Suppan, Dillard), Andy Phillips (3, Parra)
RBI - Jerry Hairston Jr. 2 (28), Joey Votto 4 (76), Jolbert Cabrera (11), Jay Bruce 3 (52), Andy Phillips (8)
SB - Jolbert Cabrera (2, 2nd base off Suppan/Kendall)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Castillo-Hairston-Votto, Rosales-Castillo-Votto, Richar-Hairston-Votto
Cincinnati Reds
Ramon Ramirez (W,1-0) 6722250 2.45
Mike Lincoln 1000200 4.57
Jon Adkins 1100100 0.00
Jeremy Affeldt 1200000 3.53
HBP - Kendall (by Ramon Ramirez)
Pitches-Strikes - Ramon Ramirez 94-58, Mike Lincoln 22-13, Jon Adkins 19-11, Jeremy Affeldt 11-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ramon Ramirez 2-9, Mike Lincoln 1-2, Jon Adkins 1-1, Jeremy Affeldt 1-1
Batters Faced - Ramon Ramirez 26, Mike Lincoln 5, Jon Adkins 4, Jeremy Affeldt 4
Game Information
Attendance - 20855
Game Time - 2:50
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Marvin Hudson, First Base - Mike Winters, Second Base - Chris Guccione, Third Base - Randy Marsh