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Reds 8, Brewers 4 (10)

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MILWAUKEE -- Reds manager Dusty Baker had a simple message for his players before they faced the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday night: Stay positive and good luck will come our way.

It didn't take very long for Baker's words to resonate with his frustrated team.

Jay Bruce sparked Cincinnati's five-run 10th inning with a leadoff homer and the Reds beat the Milwaukee Brewers 8-4 after the defending NL Central champions cleared the air during a pregame team meeting.

"Team meetings, they help and they're not always negative. Today was just kind of a meeting of reinforcement, reiteration that we do have the talent to win here," Bruce said. "You have to think like you're a winner. Some stuff hasn't gone our way lately, and that's OK, that's OK. That's baseball."

The Reds, who also got an early home run from Ramon Hernandez, had lost six of eight to fall a season-worst two games under .500 and appeared to be in trouble several times in this one.

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But Bruce hit a towering drive to right against Marco Estrada (2-6) for his 21st homer, and the Reds tacked on four more runs while sending 10 men to the plate.

Milwaukee was again without Ryan Braun and blew a big opportunity in the ninth.

""We just have to put this one behind us and move on," catcher Jonathan Lucroy said. "It was a tough loss."

Before the game, Baker called for a meeting and wouldn't say what he planned to discuss, but afterward called it a good reminder that the Reds are in the thick of the NL Central even after a bumpy stretch.

"I told my guys, you've got to think positive, think lucky and keep thinking positive and lucky and good things will happen," Baker said. "When the team's not going good, you just try to make it short and sweet."

It didn't appear that much had changed until Bruce belted his third homer in four games. After losing consecutive one-run games, everyone else got involved in Cincinnati's offensive outburst, too.

"Dusty's competitive. Obviously he wants to win and he wanted to remind us we have two games left, let's not sleep into the All-Star break here," Scott Rolen said. "We can make up a little ground right now."

The Reds are three games behind the Brewers and Cardinals for first place in the NL Central.

Rolen doubled after Bruce's homer and moved to third on Edgar Renteria's sacrifice. Hernandez then hit an RBI single, and Miguel Cairo, Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips each drove in a run later in the inning.

The outburst came after a tense ninth when reliever Logan Ondrusek gave up a leadoff single to Rickie Weeks before leaving for Bill Bray.

Bray (2-1) immediately threw errantly to first, allowing Weeks to advance to second. Nyjer Morgan struck out on a sacrifice attempt, slamming his helmet in frustration in the dugout after it rolled foul. Corey Hart followed with a fly ball that would've been plenty for a sacrifice fly, but instead only moved Weeks to third.

After Bray walked Prince Fielder, he got Mark Kotsay, Friday night's hero, to pop out harmlessly.

Brewers manager Ron Roenicke spoke with Morgan briefly after the game.

"I have to keep my head up. I was a little frustrated there that I didn't get the job done," Morgan said. "I was hoping my boys behind me were going to pick me up and we were going to win it right there. It was just one of those things where the kid didn't get the bunt down and, you know. It was just that one run."

Reds closer Francisco Cordero gave up a run in the 10th after allowing three the night before, but managed to close it out.

Braun missed his seventh straight game with a strained left calf and will not play in Tuesday's All-Star game. Scott Rolen was added to the NL squad during the game as a replacement for Atlanta third baseman Chipper Jones and will join teammates Bruce, Votto and Phillips in Arizona.

"It's an honor. Chipper's so old, they upgraded in age and youth," said the 36-year-old Rolen, who plans to pick up his children before heading to Phoenix. "My daughter cried the first time. She didn't think I'd come home for the All-Star break."

For the third straight game, the teams swapped leads back-and-forth in the early innings.

Milwaukee went up 2-0 in the first on singles by Hart and Kotsay. The Reds took a 3-2 lead in the second on Fred Lewis' double and Hernandez's two-run homer to straightaway center field. Milwaukee tied it in the bottom of the second on Shaun Marcum's suicide squeeze.

The Reds left 12 runners on base as a team, with Rolen failing with nine runners on base in his first four at-bats.

"I left a small village on base, not through lack of effort. Things weren't going my way," Rolen said. "Jay leads off with a home run and everybody started putting some good at-bats together."

Notes

The teams wore replica uniforms as part of Milwaukee's sixth annual Negro Leagues tribute with the Brewers representing the 1923 Milwaukee Bears and the Reds honoring the 1936-37 Cincinnati Tigers. ... Kotsay has an eight-game hitting streak. ... The Reds will start LHP Dontrelle Willis on Sunday. Willis had been 5-2 with a 2.63 ERA in 13 starts at Louisville this year, but hasn't pitched in the majors in more than a year ... Pirates CF Andrew McCutchen is replacing Braun on the NL All-Star roster.

 
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Players of the Game
Milwaukee

Y. Betancourt
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Cincinnati

R. Hernandez
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Cincinnati Reds
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Drew Stubbs, CF6000033 .252
Zack Cozart, SS5020010 .364
    Bill Bray, P0000000 .000
   a- Miguel Cairo, PH1111000 .294
    Francisco Cordero, P0000000 .000
Joey Votto, 1B5031100 .325
Brandon Phillips, 2B6011004 .292
Jay Bruce, RF4231202 .266
Scott Rolen, 3B5110029 .244
Fred Lewis, LF4111026 .271
    Logan Ondrusek, P0000000 .000
    Edgar Renteria, SS0000000 .225
Ramon Hernandez, C5223000 .318
Johnny Cueto, P3000000 .045
    Aroldis Chapman, P0000000 .000
   b- Chris Heisey, PH-LF2100000 .253
Totals46814838  
a-singled for Bray in the 10th
b-grounded out for Chapman in the 8th
Batting
2B - Scott Rolen (19, M. Estrada), Fred Lewis (6, Marcum)
HR - Jay Bruce (21, M. Estrada), Ramon Hernandez (10, Marcum)
SH - Edgar Renteria (2)
RBI - Miguel Cairo (17), Joey Votto (54), Brandon Phillips (49), Jay Bruce (57), Fred Lewis (15), Ramon Hernandez 3 (26)
2-OUT RBI - Miguel Cairo (7), Joey Votto (20), Brandon Phillips (14)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
DP - Ondrusek-Cozart-B. Phillips
E - Bill Bray (1, Throwing), Johnny Cueto 2 (4, Throwing)
Cincinnati Reds
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Johnny Cueto 6.1633420 1.96
Aroldis Chapman 0.2000110 5.03
Logan Ondrusek 1200100 1.67
Bill Bray (W,2-1) 1000110 2.12
Francisco Cordero 1211010 2.54
IBB - Fielder by Bill Bray
WP - Johnny Cueto (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Johnny Cueto 110-63, Aroldis Chapman 12-5, Logan Ondrusek 14-8, Bill Bray 10-6, Francisco Cordero 21-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Johnny Cueto 14-4, Logan Ondrusek 2-0, Francisco Cordero 1-1
Batters Faced - Johnny Cueto 30, Aroldis Chapman 2, Logan Ondrusek 5, Bill Bray 4, Francisco Cordero 5
Milwaukee Brewers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Rickie Weeks, 2B5120101 .278
Nyjer Morgan, CF5010022 .323
Corey Hart, RF4111103 .269
Prince Fielder, 1B3000201 .300
Mark Kotsay, LF4011113 .258
    Marco Estrada, P0000000 .222
Casey McGehee, 3B2010201 .225
    Josh Wilson, PR-3B^LF1110000 .250
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS5121005 .240
Jonathan Lucroy, C5010012 .281
Shaun Marcum, P1001010 .125
   a- Mat Gamel, PH1000000 .115
    Takashi Saito, P0000000 .000
    LaTroy Hawkins, P0000000 .000
   b- George Kottaras, PH1000001 .250
    John Axford, P0000000 .000
    Craig Counsell, 3B1000001 .170
Totals38410475  
a-flied out for Marcum in the 6th
b-hit into fielder's choice for Hawkins in the 8th
Batting
2B - Josh Wilson (4, Cordero), Yuniesky Betancourt (13, Cueto)
SH - Shaun Marcum (7)
RBI - Corey Hart (25), Mark Kotsay (17), Yuniesky Betancourt (30), Shaun Marcum (6)
2-OUT RBI - Mark Kotsay (8)
CS - Corey Hart (5, 2nd base by Chapman/Hernandez)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
E - Yuniesky Betancourt (10, Misplayed grounder), Craig Counsell (2, Misplayed grounder), Jonathan Lucroy (5, Throwing)
Milwaukee Brewers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Shaun Marcum 6633341 3.39
Takashi Saito 1200020 3.60
LaTroy Hawkins 1000010 1.08
John Axford 1000000 2.83
Marco Estrada (L,2-6) 1652011 4.71
IBB - Bruce by Shaun Marcum
Pitches-Strikes - Shaun Marcum 105-63, Takashi Saito 19-13, LaTroy Hawkins 14-9, John Axford 11-6, Marco Estrada 32-22
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Shaun Marcum 7-8, Takashi Saito 1-0, LaTroy Hawkins 2-1, John Axford 1-2, Marco Estrada 2-1
Batters Faced - Shaun Marcum 28, Takashi Saito 5, LaTroy Hawkins 4, John Axford 3, Marco Estrada 10
Game Information
Attendance - 43119
Game Time - 3:46
Temperature - 86
Umpires - Home - Rob Drake, First Base - Gary Darling, Second Base - Bruce Dreckman, Third Base - Chris Conroy