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Milwaukee (47-44) «000400001581
Cincinnati (43-47)000010000161

Brewers 5, Reds 1

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CINCINNATI -- For nearly two hours, reliever Todd Coffey roamed around nooks and crannies of the visitors' clubhouse at Great American Ball Park, trying to keep his shoulder loose and his head focused during a long rain delay.

He's never been sharper.

Craig Counsell's solo homer started a four-run rally against Aaron Harang on Saturday night, and the Milwaukee Brewers' bullpen emerged from its struggles behind Coffey's show of endurance, protecting a 5-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

Counsell led off the fourth inning with a homer, the first hit off Harang (5-10). The right-hander had a fielding error that prolonged the four-run inning and extended one of the worst stretches of his career.

Harang hasn't won since May 25, going 0-6 in his last 10 starts. The six consecutive losses match his career high.

Left-hander Manny Parra (4-8) repeatedly pitched out of scoring threats during his six innings, needing 125 pitches to get that far.

The Brewers lost eight of 11 heading into the All-Star break, a slide that dropped them behind St. Louis in the NL Central. The bullpen's struggles contributed to the decline and prompted manager Ken Macha to change set-up roles. The bullpen has helped Milwaukee win two of three in Cincinnati.

Coffey pitched a perfect seventh inning, then returned after a 1-hour, 59-minute rain delay to pitch a perfect eighth as well, throwing 96 mph fastballs.

"I think it was impressive that Todd went out there after that big delay," Parra said. "To keep that focus for two hours like that and come out and do just as well as he did the first inning, that really helped us. That was a big boost for the bullpen."

Coffey kept heat packs on his right shoulder and occasionally made throwing motions with a ball in his hand, trying to stay loose. He also kept moving around so he wouldn't get bored and lose his edge.

"I don't think I've ever done that," Coffey said. "I told Macha, 'I've been throwing in the [batting] cage here, staying warm, keeping heat packs on.' I told him I'll go down to the bullpen and play catch and if I feel good, I'll go."

He felt good and pitched great, getting a strikeout and a pair of groundouts. Mark DiFelice gave up a single in the ninth before finishing the combined six-hitter.

The Brewers were missing All-Star outfielder Ryan Braun, who has a sore right thumb. Braun's hands were hit by a pitch from Bronson Arroyo on Friday night. X-rays on Saturday found no fracture, and Braun isn't expected to miss a lot of games.

Counsell, the Brewers' leadoff hitter, got the offense going with his third homer of the season, a drive to right field that landed in the first row of seats. It was his first homer since June 21.

Milwaukee sent nine batters to the plate in the inning. Prince Fielder's comeback ground deflected off Harang's glove for an error that let in a run. Corey Hart had an RBI double, and Frank Catalanotto -- Braun's replacement -- had a sacrifice fly.

"I just ran into some tough luck there in the fourth," said Harang, who gave up seven hits in seven innings and struck out seven. "Eventually, I was able to buckle down and get back on a roll, but that inning ended up hurting us."

J.J. Hardy homered off Nick Masset after the rain delay.

Parra ended Edwin Encarnacion's tear. The third baseman was 7 for 7 in the first two games with a walk, reaching base safely in all eight plate appearances. He took a called third strike in the first inning, ending a two-on threat. Encarnacion went 0 for 3 with a walk.

Notes

  • Brewers RHP Dave Bush will rest for five days, then be evaluated again. Bush, on the DL with an arm injury, felt fatigue in his last rehab start.
  • The Reds had their sixth sellout for an Edinson Volquez bobblehead giveaway.
  • Volquez made 30 throws in the outfield Saturday without pain. He plans to throw in the bullpen on Monday. Volquez has been on the DL since June 2 with tendinitis in his pitching elbow.
  • Harang pushed his strikeout total with the Reds to 1,005, eighth on the team's list.
 
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Players of the Game
Milwaukee

C. Counsell
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
Cincinnati

A. Rosales
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Milwaukee Brewers
Craig Counsell, 2B5121010 .280
Mike Cameron, CF4120010 .264
Casey McGehee, 3B4110022 .321
    Todd Coffey, P0000000 .000
    Mark DiFelice, P0000000 .000
Prince Fielder, 1B4100011 .308
Corey Hart, RF4021000 .260
Frank Catalanotto, LF3001001 .260
    Jody Gerut, LF0000000 .190
J.J. Hardy, SS4111012 .232
Mike Rivera, C2000210 .235
Manny Parra, P3000034 .087
    Bill Hall, 3B1000010 .198
Totals34584211  
Batting
2B - Craig Counsell (12, Harang), Mike Cameron (19, Harang), Corey Hart (19, Harang)
HR - Craig Counsell (3, Harang), J.J. Hardy (11, Masset)
SF - Frank Catalanotto (2)
RBI - Craig Counsell (16), Corey Hart (36), Frank Catalanotto (6), J.J. Hardy (42)
SB - Corey Hart (7, 2nd base off Harang/Hanigan)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
E - Casey McGehee (7, Throwing)
Milwaukee Brewers
Manny Parra (W,4-8) 6511360 6.37
Todd Coffey (H,15) 2000030 2.64
Mark DiFelice 1100030 1.70
Pitches-Strikes - Manny Parra 124-77, Todd Coffey 22-16, Mark DiFelice 19-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Manny Parra 6-6, Todd Coffey 2-1
Batters Faced - Manny Parra 26, Todd Coffey 6, Mark DiFelice 4
Cincinnati Reds
Willy Taveras, CF4020011 .247
Jerry Hairston Jr., LF3010100 .253
Joey Votto, 1B3000122 .344
Brandon Phillips, 2B4000025 .265
Edwin Encarnacion, 3B3000112 .221
Jonny Gomes, RF4010011 .302
Ryan Hanigan, C4000022 .329
Adam Rosales, SS4120012 .207
Aaron Harang, P1000001 .143
   a- Chris Dickerson, PH1000010 .271
    Danny Herrera, P0000000 .000
    Nick Masset, P0000000 .000
   b- Laynce Nix, PH1000011 .251
Totals32160312  
a-struck out for Harang in the 7th
b-struck out for Masset in the 9th
Batting
2B - Adam Rosales 2 (7, Parra, Parra)
SH - Aaron Harang (4)
CS - Willy Taveras (6, 2nd base by Parra/Rivera)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Rosales-Votto
E - Aaron Harang (2, Misplayed grounder)
Cincinnati Reds
Aaron Harang (L,5-10) 7743271 4.17
Danny Herrera 1000010 2.70
Nick Masset 1111031 2.43
IBB - Rivera by Aaron Harang, by Rivera
Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Harang 107-68, Danny Herrera 11-8, Nick Masset 17-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Harang 6-8, Danny Herrera 1-1
Batters Faced - Aaron Harang 30, Danny Herrera 3, Nick Masset 4
Game Information
Attendance - 40524
Game Time - 2:53
Temperature - 69
Umpires - Home - Brian Runge, First Base - Kevin Causey, Second Base - Bill Miller, Third Base - Derryl Cousins