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Braun's RBI double lifts Brewers

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MILWAUKEE -- Cincinnati manager Dusty Baker decided to pitch to Ryan Braun and it cost the Reds the game.

Braun snapped a 0-for-18 slump with an RBI double in the eighth inning, lifting the Brewers to a three-game sweep of Cincinnati with a 3-2 win Wednesday.

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"You're in a situation where you've got to face Braun or Aramis Ramirez," Baker said. "Aramis is one of the hottest hitters in baseball right now. So we chose to pitch to Braun and he blooped it in front of [Chris Heisey] out there."

Jonathan Broxton (1-1) started the eighth with the Reds leading 2-1. He retired the first two batters before an infield single by Norichka Aoki. With Carlos Gomez up to bat, Aoki stole second and took third on catcher Dioner Navarro's throwing error. Gomez hit a soft liner over the outstretched glove of shortstop Wilson Valdez and Aoki scored to tie the game.

Gomez stole second and Braun followed with a hit that fell in front of the Reds' center fielder.

"There aren't too many better ways than to help your team win a game," Braun said. "Certainly not the first time I've struggled; it won't be the last. But it's never enjoyable when you go through something like that. It's always nice to get a hit. It's that much more enjoyable when it happens in a victory and a big situation."

Braun came in batting .304 but had struggled at the plate in the three-game series against St. Louis and was hitless against Cincinnati. Ramirez has seen his batting average climb to .295 and leads the NL in extra base hits (54) and doubles (37).

Broxton had given up only three hits and no earned runs in his last four outings.

"Hey, we finally got some breaks," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "Nori's little dribbler, Gomey's bloop over short, Braunie's bloop before [Heisey]. We got some breaks today."

John Axford (4-6) pitched the eighth for the win and Jim Henderson got his second career save in as many days.

The Reds' fourth straight loss matched their season-worst set June 18-22. The NL Central leaders remained three games ahead of Pittsburgh, which plays Wednesday night.

The Brewers' rally cost Mat Latos a chance at his fourth consecutive victory.

"Latos threw a great ball game," Baker said. "He had had enough. He was spent at that time."

Latos retired 16 of the first 19 batters he faced before surrendering Gomez's solo shot in the sixth. He regrouped and retired the next five. Latos allowed three hits, one walk and had eight strikeouts over seven innings. He's now allowed one earned run and seven hits in his last two starts, a span of 14 1/3 innings.

Latos knew that the team has a great bullpen, but finishing the game was a thought, too.

"I felt all right, but I figured we had a good bullpen," Latos said after throwing 97 pitches, 67 for strikes. "We have fresh arms in the bullpen. They'd come in and get the job done."

Navarro hit a two-run homer in the third off Milwaukee starter Randy Wolf.

Miguel Cairo led off with a walk before Navarro collected his first hit in six at-bats since being promoted from Triple-A Louisville on Aug. 1. He replaced fellow catcher Devin Mesoraco, who went on the seven-day concussion disabled list.

Wolf came in 11-4 against the Reds, his second-most career wins against any opponent, but his mistake to Navarro cost him. The left-hander, who has only one win in his last eight decisions, lost his third consecutive start.

He went six innings, allowing six hits with two walks and seven strikeouts.

Cincinnati had a big chance to pad the lead in the fifth, but came up empty on a great play by Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez. The bases were loaded and two outs when Navarro hit a hard grounder that Ramirez snared with a diving stab and then threw from his knees to end the threat.

"One of the keys to the ball game was in the sixth inning," Baker said. "We had the bases loaded and one out and didn't get anything. Then Aramis saved them. That ball down the line that's at least two runs. That shows the importance of defense and it's a game of inches."

It was Milwaukee's third consecutive win over Cincinnati and sixth straight victory at home.

Notes

  • Depending on how Manny Parra responds after throwing a simulated game, he'd accompany the Brewers on their six-game road trip which starts Friday in Houston. The left-hander hasn't pitched since July 24 since experiencing soreness in his left shoulder.
  • Baker said that Mesoraco would probably catch two of the upcoming four games at Chicago.
  • Jean Segura's infield single in the Brewers fifth was the rookie's first hit. He was recalled from Double-A Huntsville and made his major-league debut at shortstop on Monday. He was acquired from the Los Angeles Angels along with two minor-league pitchers for Zack Greinke on July 27.
 
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Ryan Braun's RBI double in the eighth inning drives in the Brewers' go-ahead run and breaks an 0-for-18 slump. (Getty Images)
Ryan Braun's RBI double in the eighth inning drives in the Brewers' go-ahead run and breaks an 0-for-18 slump. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Milwaukee

C. Gomez
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Cincinnati

D. Navarro
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Cincinnati Reds
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Chris Heisey, CF-LF5000014 .268
Wilson Valdez, SS4000013 .218
Brandon Phillips, 2B3010121 .290
Jay Bruce, RF4000023 .245
Ryan Ludwick, LF4010010 .260
    Jonathan Broxton, P0000000 .000
    Logan Ondrusek, P0000000 .000
Todd Frazier, 3B3000120 .262
Miguel Cairo, 1B3110003 .160
   a- Xavier Paul, PH1000010 .360
Dioner Navarro, C4112013 .111
Mat Latos, P2020100 .163
    Drew Stubbs, CF0000100 .235
Totals33262411  
a-struck out for Cairo in the 9th
Batting
HR - Dioner Navarro (1, Wolf)
RBI - Dioner Navarro 2 (3)
SB - Drew Stubbs (26, 2nd base off Henderson/Lucroy)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
E - Dioner Navarro (1, Throwing)
Cincinnati Reds
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Mat Latos 7311181 3.81
Jonathan Broxton (BS,5; L,2-3) 0.2322000 2.54
Logan Ondrusek 0.1000100 3.02
IBB - Ramirez by Logan Ondrusek
Pitches-Strikes - Mat Latos 97-67, Jonathan Broxton 23-13, Logan Ondrusek 9-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mat Latos 9-4, Logan Ondrusek 1-0
Batters Faced - Mat Latos 25, Jonathan Broxton 5, Logan Ondrusek 2
Milwaukee Brewers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Norichika Aoki, RF4120010 .287
Carlos Gomez, CF4222001 .256
Ryan Braun, LF4011020 .304
Aramis Ramirez, 3B2000200 .294
Corey Hart, 1B4000013 .269
Rickie Weeks, 2B3000021 .212
Martin Maldonado, C3000011 .281
    John Axford, P0000000 .000
    Jim Henderson, P0000000 .000
Jean Segura, SS3010000 .077
Randy Wolf, P2000011 .167
    Jose Veras, P0000000 .000
    Jonathan Lucroy, C1000000 .327
Totals3036328  
Batting
2B - Ryan Braun (20, Broxton)
HR - Carlos Gomez (10, Latos)
RBI - Carlos Gomez 2 (30), Ryan Braun (75)
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Gomez (15), Ryan Braun (29)
SB - Norichika Aoki (14, 3rd base off Broxton/Navarro), Carlos Gomez (21, 2nd base off Broxton/Navarro)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Norichika Aoki 1
Milwaukee Brewers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Randy Wolf 6622271 5.46
Jose Veras 1000110 4.80
John Axford (W,4-6) 1000010 5.10
Jim Henderson (S,2) 1000120 1.29
Pitches-Strikes - Randy Wolf 107-67, Jose Veras 15-8, John Axford 13-10, Jim Henderson 18-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Randy Wolf 6-5, Jose Veras 2-0, John Axford 1-1
Batters Faced - Randy Wolf 26, Jose Veras 4, John Axford 3, Jim Henderson 4
Game Information
Attendance - 33788
Game Time - 2:53
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Angel Campos, First Base - Tim Tschida, Second Base - Bill Welke, Third Base - Chris Guccione