Cincinnati at Milwaukee

W: K. Lohse (11-4) L: M. Leake (7-9)
HR: CIN - None   MIL - M. Reynolds (15),M. Reynolds (16)

Brewers cap sweep of Reds behind Reynolds' 2 homers wire reports

MILWAUKEE -- Kyle Lohse will take an ugly slide any day.

Lohse pitched 6 2/3 strong innings and Mark Reynolds homered twice to help the Milwaukee Brewers hand the Cincinnati Reds their sixth straight loss since the All-Star break, 5-1 Wednesday.

Lohse (11-4) allowed four hits and two walks - striking out three - but it was his slide in the fifth that got Milwaukee back in the game.

On with a one out single, Lohse raced around the bases when Reds right fielder Jay Bruce made a diving lunge for Carlos Gomez' sinking liner and missed. Lohse slid awkwardly across the plate, barely beating the relay throw.

''I need to work on that,'' Lohse said of his slide that tied the score at 1. ''I just jammed my feet in there, and it worked out.''

Lohse knew that the speedy Gomez might have been thinking of an inside-the-park home run.

''I figured Gomey was probably right behind me,'' Lohse said. ''I didn't want him to catch me. That would have been bad.''

Brewers manager Ron Roenicke also feared a collision between the two.

''I wasn't sure,'' he said of a potential jam up. ''Gomey did slow up a little bit at second base there to give him a little bit of space.''

Reynolds connected on a 1-1 pitch from Reds starter Mike Leake (7-9) for his 15th home run of the season. Rickie Weeks was on with a double to start the sixth.

Reds manager Bryan Price thought Reynolds' drive was the turning point.

''That created the separation that made it a lot harder for us to get in the game,'' Price said.

Leake threw 87 pitches, but he'd like a couple back in the sixth.

''They hit a few balls hard and a few balls that weren't hard that found holes,'' he said after allowing 11 hits. ''The Weeks' double and then the Reynolds' home run were kind of the two that I'd like to take back.''

Reynolds' second home run came off reliever Jumbo Diaz in the eighth.

It was another tough loss for Cincinnati. The Reds trailed the NL Central-leading Brewers by 1½ games before the All-Star break, but the loss dropped them 5½ games behind. They've scored just 12 runs during the losing streak.

''Anybody that watches our six games on this road trip would understand that we're not playing as we were leading into the break,'' he said. ''We're not scoring a lot of runs. We're not getting terribly efficient starting pitching. We know that we're a better club than we've represented here in the last six games.''

Lohse and Leake were locked in a scoreless duel until the fifth inning. The Reds pushed across a run on Billy Hamilton' sacrifice fly, but the Brewers tied it on Gomez's triple then took the lead on Ryan Braun's infield single.

Lohse gave up his last hit to pinch-hitter Donald Lutz, who doubled. Reliever Zach Duke retired Billy Hamilton on a chopper back to the mound to end the seventh.

Leake went six innings as the Reds lost a season-high nine road games.

Brewers reliever Jeremy Jeffress, whose contract was selected from Triple-A Nashville, made his debut for Milwaukee with a 1-2-3 ninth inning.


Brewers 3B Aramis Ramirez played his 2,000th major league game in the city where it all started. On May 26, 1998, he debuted with the Pittsburgh Pirates at Milwaukee County Stadium.. Reds SS Zack Cozart missed the game. He left Tuesday's game after he was hit by a pitch on the first two fingers on his right hand. Manager Bryan Price said he could pinch hit.. Brewers 2B Scooter Gennett left Thursday's game in the fifth inning due to tightness in his right quad. He is day-to-day.. Alfredo Simon (12-4) starts Friday when the Reds take on the Washington Nationals in Cincinnati. Thursday, the Brewers Matt Garza (6-7) faces the New York Mets Dillon Gee (4-2). Garza looks to bounce back from his shortest start of the season when he exited with one out in the first inning of an 8-3 road loss to the Nationals.

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Ryan Braun and the Brewers hand the sliding Reds their sixth straight loss since the All-Star break. (Getty Images)
Ryan Braun and the Brewers hand the sliding Reds their sixth straight loss since the All-Star break. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game

M. Reynolds
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 2

K. Lohse
IP 6.2
H 4
ER 1
BB 2
K 3

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3B - Carlos Gomez (4, Leake)
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Game Information
Attendance - 38192
Game Time - 2:33
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Chris Segal, First Base - Tony Randazzo, Second Base - David Rackley, Third Base - Brian Gorman