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    Reds 8, Brewers 6

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    PHOENIX (AP) - Ryan Braun had a two-run home for his first hit of spring training, and Brewers manager Ron Roenicke focused on Rickie Weeks' play.

    Things may finally be returning to normal for Milwaukee.

    Braun's homer and Zack Greinke's solid start were not enough for the Brewers, who lost 8-6 to the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday.

    Chris Heisey hit an RBI triple and Juan Francisco had a solo home run in the Reds' four-run fifth inning.

    Weeks returned to the field for Milwaukee after spending the first few games as designated hitter due to shoulder soreness. Roenicke said he was happy with the way Weeks performed defensively.

    "He looked good," Roenicke said. "He had the one play where he came over, the throw was off, but he made a pretty good play getting to it. He's doing a nice job running the bases. Just like Ryan's home run, it's nice to have a guy that walks in front of him." and having a solo home run."

    Braun was 0 for 5 this spring before homering in the third.

    Reds starter Mike Leake gave up three hits in two innings, his only earned run coming off Mat Gamel's solo home run in the second inning.

    "Leake was real good," Cincinnati manager Dusty Baker said. "He left the change up up. That's what spring training is for, to work on stuff, especially when you know you've made the team."

    With a number of youngsters and reserves in the lineup, the Reds had 14 hits, including two doubles, two triples and two home runs.

    "Our young guys were swinging the bat good," Baker said. "They were very aggressive. Yesterday we didn't hit anything. That's the way it is in spring training you're hot one day and cold the next."

    The Brewers erased a 2-1 deficit in the fourth inning on Braun homer. Along with Braun and Gamel, prospect Caleb Gindl also homered for the Brewers, who dropped.

    Making his second start of the spring, Greinke opened with four consecutive strikeouts. He finished the day having allowed two runs - one earned - on three hits with four strikeouts.

    "I felt real good today," Greinke said. "Lots of strikes; fastball had some life. The changeup was good, the slider was good. I'm really happy with how things went."

    NOTES: LHP Bill Bray tried to pitch a simulated game on Wednesday but had to shut it down. "The groin was biting him," Baker said. "We think we have enough time to get him ready but we'll have to make a decision soon. We always have Chapman. He is a great backup plan. We have six starters as it is." ... Reds closer Ryan Madson hasn't pitched yet because of tenderness in his right elbow. "He said he's had it before and the doctor told us its not serious," Baker said.

     
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    Cincinnati Reds
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Chris Valaika, 2B3010010 .400
        Henry Rodriguez, PR-2B2100000 .429
    Paul Janish, SS3111011 .182
       a- Didi Gregorius, PH-SS2120000 .429
    Chris Heisey, LF3111011 .182
       b- Daryl Jones, PH-LF2021000 .429
    Juan Francisco, DH5112023 .200
    Miguel Cairo, 1B2010000 .333
       c- Neftali Soto, PH-1B3000021 .222
    Denis Phipps, CF2120000 .364
        Ryan LaMarre, CF2000001 .000
    Todd Frazier, RF3111003 .273
        Donald Lutz, RF1000010 .375
    Ryan Hanigan, C2010002 .250
        Dioner Navarro, C2000000 .111
        Brian Esposito, C0000000 .000
    Kris Negron, 3B1000001 .125
       d- Michael Costanzo, PH-3B2111000 .500
    Totals40814708  
    a-singled for Janish in the 6th
    b-singled for Heisey in the 6th
    c-grounded out for Cairo in the 5th
    d-homered for Negron in the 6th
    Batting
    2B - Paul Janish (1, De La Cruz), Todd Frazier (2, Greinke)
    3B - Didi Gregorius (1, Garate), Chris Heisey (1, De La Cruz)
    HR - Juan Francisco (1, De La Cruz), Michael Costanzo (1, Dillard)
    RBI - Paul Janish (1), Chris Heisey (2), Daryl Jones (1), Juan Francisco 2 (2), Todd Frazier (2), Michael Costanzo (1)
    2-OUT RBI - Todd Frazier (1)
    SB - Henry Rodriguez (1, 2nd base off De La Cruz/Lucroy)
    Team LOB - 7
    Cincinnati Reds
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Mike Leake 2311001 4.50
    Sean Marshall (BS,1) 1122101 18.00
    Carlos Fisher (W,1-0) 2100000 0.00
    Jordan Smith (H,2) 1433101 13.50
    Sean Gallagher (S,2) 3200010 0.00
    Pitches-Strikes - Mike Leake 11-11, Sean Marshall 9-4, Carlos Fisher 7-6, Jordan Smith 13-8, Sean Gallagher 13-12
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Leake 1-5, Sean Marshall 1-2, Carlos Fisher 1-4, Jordan Smith 1-2, Sean Gallagher 2-5
    Batters Faced - Mike Leake 9, Sean Marshall 5, Carlos Fisher 6, Jordan Smith 8, Sean Gallagher 10
    Milwaukee Brewers
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Rickie Weeks, 2B1110100 .333
        Taylor Green, 2B-3B3010002 .375
    Nyjer Morgan, CF3000002 .091
        Jeff Bianchi, 2B2000001 .200
    Ryan Braun, LF2112001 .167
        Aoki Norichika, RF2000000 .231
    Aramis Ramirez, 3B2000001 .000
        Cesar Izturis, SS2110000 .250
    Mat Gamel, 1B3221000 .200
        Martin Maldonado, C1000000 .000
    Alex Gonzalez, SS2010000 .300
        Caleb Gindl, LF2123000 .333
    Jonathan Lucroy, C3010000 .571
        Brock Kjeldgaard, PR-1B1000010 .000
    Brooks Conrad, DH3010100 .111
    Carlos Gomez, RF2000001 .200
        Logan Schafer, CF2000001 .167
    Totals36611621  
    Batting
    2B - Rickie Weeks (2, Leake), Taylor Green (1, Gallagher)
    HR - Ryan Braun (1, Marshall), Mat Gamel (1, Leake), Caleb Gindl (1, Smith)
    RBI - Ryan Braun 2 (2), Mat Gamel (2), Caleb Gindl 3 (3)
    SB - Logan Schafer (1, 2nd base off Smith/Navarro)
    CS - Alex Gonzalez (1, 2nd base by Fisher/Hanigan), Caleb Gindl (1, 2nd base by Gallagher/Esposito)
    Team LOB - 5
    Fielding
    DP - T. Green-Gamel
    E - Jonathan Lucroy (2, Misplayed grounder), Rickie Weeks (1, Throwing)
    Milwaukee Brewers
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Zack Greinke 2321040 2.25
    Jose Veras 1100010 0.00
    Frankie De La Cruz (BS,1; L,1-1) 1.1444001 10.80
    Tim Dillard 1.2411001 3.38
    Mike McClendon 2000020 0.00
    Victor Garate 1211010 9.00
    HBP - Phipps (by Frankie De La Cruz), Negron (by Frankie De La Cruz)
    WP - Frankie De La Cruz 2 (2)
    Pitches-Strikes - Zack Greinke 17-17, Jose Veras 6-6, Frankie De La Cruz 15-8, Tim Dillard 9-9, Mike McClendon 10-10, Victor Garate 7-7
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Frankie De La Cruz 1-2, Tim Dillard 4-1, Mike McClendon 2-2, Victor Garate 1-1
    Batters Faced - Zack Greinke 9, Jose Veras 4, Frankie De La Cruz 9, Tim Dillard 9, Mike McClendon 6, Victor Garate 5
    Game Information
    Attendance - 4190
    Game Time - 2:55
    Temperature - 65
    Umpires - Home - Bob Davidson, First Base - Derryl Cousins, Second Base - Dale Scott, Third Base - Jim Joyce