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Cameron's homer keys six-run fifth for Brewers

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MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Brewers waited more than a week for their offense to start producing like it's supposed to.

The wake-up call finally came in the fifth inning of Saturday night's victory over the Cincinnati Reds -- and then some. Home runs by Ryan Braun and Mike Cameron gave the Brewers the lead, and Milwaukee went on to score six runs in the inning and beat the Reds 9-5.

Milwaukee had scored four runs or fewer in each of its previous 10 games, going 4-6 during that stretch.

"Guys are shaking loose a little bit," Brewers manager Ken Macha said. "Let's hope we have a carryover."

Reds put Votto on 15-day DL

Cincinnati was without offensive standout Joey Votto, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with stress-related issues believed to be linked to his ongoing struggles with an inner-ear infection -- although club officials were hesitant to go into detail about the situation.

But pitching was the Reds' biggest problem Saturday, especially in a fifth inning that at times seemed like it might last all night.

"They can hit," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "If you don't make quality pitches on them, they're going to hurt you."

With Milwaukee trailing 5-3 going into the fifth, Braun hit a one-out solo home run to cut Cincinnati's lead to one. Prince Fielder then singled, and Cameron hit a 1-1 pitch from Reds starter Aaron Harang deep to left-center field for his 10th home run of the season and a 6-5 Milwaukee lead.

It was the Brewers' third home run of the night off Harang (5-5), who also allowed a three-run homer by Fielder in the first.

"Anytime you've got a chance, you've got to capitalize or else it's going to be a tough day," said Fielder, who leads the National League in RBI with 48.

But the homers by Braun and Cameron were just the start of the Brewers' big inning.

Corey Hart reached on an infield hit, then barely beat a throw home to score on a double by Bill Hall. Baker then removed Harang in favor of Jared Burton.

Burton allowed a ground-rule double to Mike Rivera, scoring Hall to give the Brewers an 8-5 lead. Burton then got Brewers relief pitcher Seth McClung to swing at strike three, but a wild pitch got away from catcher Ryan Hanigan, allowing McClung to take first and Rivera to take third.

Rivera then scored on an RBI single by Craig Counsell, and the inning finally ended on back-to-back flyouts.

Harang, who had won three of his previous four starts, gave up 12 hits and was tagged for eight runs Saturday. He couldn't throw breaking balls for strikes, and the Brewers gorged on a steady diet of fastballs.

"I couldn't locate anything tonight, plain and simple," Harang said. "You can't live with just throwing the fastball. When you have nothing else to throw off of it, it's going to be a long night."

Macha also tipped his cap to the Brewers' defense, which cut down a pair of runs at the plate, and Macha singled out third baseman Bill Hall for limiting Jerry Hairston Jr. to an infield hit on a sharply hit ball in the fifth.

"We left a runner on third and had a couple of guys thrown out at the plate," Baker said. "It might have been a different ballgame. It probably would have been but we were trying to score all we could."

McClung (2-1) pitched three scoreless innings to earn the win after Milwaukee starter Dave Bush turned in his shortest start of the season.

McClung said the Brewers' relief pitchers feel compelled to put up scoreless innings because they know their potent offense always gives them a chance of coming back.

"This offense is really, really good," McClung said. "That's kind of stating the obvious. But these guys are outstanding."

Bush gave up five runs, seven hits and three walks in four innings.

Notes

  • Milwaukee tied a season high for runs in an inning. The Brewers also scored six runs in the seventh inning of a victory over the Chicago Cubs on May 9.
  • With Votto on the disabled list, the Reds called up utility player Wilkin Castillo from Triple-A Louisville.
  • CF Chris Dickerson took an extra-base hit away from Counsell with a remarkable sliding catch at the warning track in the fourth.
 
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Prince Fielder watches his 12th homer leave the park during his 3-for-4 performance.  (AP)
Prince Fielder watches his 12th homer leave the park during his 3-for-4 performance. (AP)

Players of the Game
Milwaukee

P. Fielder
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
Cincinnati

C. Dickerson
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Cincinnati Reds
Chris Dickerson, CF4131000 .250
Jerry Hairston Jr., 3B4122020 .270
Jay Bruce, RF4000031 .230
Brandon Phillips, 2B3111101 .275
Laynce Nix, LF1000210 .273
   a- Jonny Gomes, PH-LF1000001 .400
Ramon Hernandez, 1B4000011 .291
Alex Gonzalez, SS4110010 .215
Ryan Hanigan, C3111110 .328
Aaron Harang, P1010001 .182
    Jared Burton, P0000000 .000
    Danny Herrera, P0000000 .000
   b- Wilkin Castillo, PH1000000 .000
    Carlos Fisher, P0000000 .000
    Mike Lincoln, P0000000 .000
Totals3059549  
a-flied out for Nix in the 8th
b-flied out for Herrera in the 7th
Batting
2B - Alex Gonzalez (6, Bush), Aaron Harang (1, Bush)
3B - Chris Dickerson (2, Bush)
HR - Jerry Hairston Jr. (7, Bush), Brandon Phillips (8, Bush)
SH - Aaron Harang (1)
RBI - Chris Dickerson (8), Jerry Hairston Jr. 2 (16), Brandon Phillips (35), Ryan Hanigan (4)
2-OUT RBI - Chris Dickerson (5), Ryan Hanigan (2)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
E - Laynce Nix (1, Misplayed grounder)
Cincinnati Reds
Aaron Harang (L,5-5) 4.11288053 4.19
Jared Burton 0.2211010 6.33
Danny Herrera 1100100 1.93
Carlos Fisher 1100020 0.00
Mike Lincoln 1000210 9.00
HBP - Hart (by Mike Lincoln)
WP - Aaron Harang (2), Jared Burton (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Harang 104-70, Jared Burton 20-14, Danny Herrera 19-11, Carlos Fisher 14-12, Mike Lincoln 20-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Harang 2-6, Danny Herrera 2-1, Carlos Fisher 1-0
Batters Faced - Aaron Harang 25, Jared Burton 5, Danny Herrera 5, Carlos Fisher 4, Mike Lincoln 6
Milwaukee Brewers
Craig Counsell, 2B5131001 .327
J.J. Hardy, SS5110002 .239
Ryan Braun, LF5121025 .318
Prince Fielder, 1B4233100 .278
Mike Cameron, CF4112113 .279
Corey Hart, RF4130002 .256
Bill Hall, 3B4111113 .224
Mike Rivera, C5121005 .323
Dave Bush, P1000010 .158
   a- Jody Gerut, PH1000011 .213
    Seth McClung, P1000010 .000
   b- Frank Catalanotto, PH1000010 .286
    Mitch Stetter, P0000000 .000
    Carlos Villanueva, P1000013 .333
Totals41916939  
a-struck out for Bush in the 4th
b-struck out for McClung in the 7th
Batting
2B - Bill Hall (9, Harang), Mike Rivera (3, Burton)
HR - Ryan Braun (9, Harang), Prince Fielder (12, Harang), Mike Cameron (10, Harang)
RBI - Craig Counsell (8), Ryan Braun (32), Prince Fielder 3 (48), Mike Cameron 2 (24), Bill Hall (12), Mike Rivera (2)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Ryan Braun 1
DP - Counsell-Hardy-Fielder, Counsell-Fielder, Hardy-Counsell-Fielder
Milwaukee Brewers
Dave Bush 4755332 4.38
Seth McClung (W,2-1) 3200020 2.73
Mitch Stetter 0.2000120 4.20
Carlos Villanueva 1.1000020 3.75
Pitches-Strikes - Dave Bush 57-37, Seth McClung 45-31, Mitch Stetter 17-10, Carlos Villanueva 18-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dave Bush 4-1, Seth McClung 1-5
Batters Faced - Dave Bush 18, Seth McClung 10, Mitch Stetter 3, Carlos Villanueva 4
Game Information
Attendance - 44172
Game Time - 3:16
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Gary Cederstrom, First Base - Jim Wolf, Second Base - Brian O'Nora, Third Base - Field Culbreth