National League Game Summary - Cincinnati at Milwaukee|
(Wednesday, August 8th)
Final Score: Milwaukee 3, Cincinnati 2
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - Ryan Braun's run-scoring double in the eighth
inning lifted the Milwaukee Brewers to a 3-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds,
completing a three-game sweep at Miller Park.
Braun, who was hitless in his previous 18 at-bats, poked a double to left-
center to score Carlos Gomez. Gomez tied the game with an RBI single before
Earlier, Norichika Aoki reached on an infield single with two outs, stole
second then moved to third on a throwing error by Reds catcher Dioner
Navarro. Gomez followed with a single that just cleared the glove of a
leaping Wilson Valdez to plate Aoki. Gomez then stole second before scoring
on Braun's double.
"We didn't hit a lot in St. Louis, especially in scoring position," said
Brewers manager Ron Roenicke. "We finally got some breaks this series with
Gomez's blooper and Braun's hit and out starting pitching was outstanding."
Jim Henderson worked around a two-out walk in the ninth to pick up his second
save in as many games.
Gomez finished the contest 2-for-4 with a solo home run.
John Axford (4-6) earned the win after tossing a perfect eighth. Randy Wolf
started for Milwaukee, allowing two runs on six hits over six frames. Wolf
struck out seven and walked just two in the win.
Newly acquired Jonathan Broxton (1-1) absorbed the loss after giving up the
game-tying and winning runs in the eighth. Mat Latos went seven innings,
allowing just one run on three hits and struck out eight. Latos had a
three-start winning streak snapped.
Navarro's homer in the third put the Reds up 2-0. Miguel Cairo singled before
Navarro lifted his first homer of the season over the wall in left.
With the bases loaded in the sixth the Brewers used two stellar defensive
plays to keep it 2-0. First Cairo skied a foul ball near the wall in
shallow right and Aoki made a running catch and fired a strike to the plate to
keep Brandon Phillips at third. Navarro then ripped a hard grounder down the
third base line but Aramis Ramirez made a spectacular diving stab and gunned
it across the infield from his knees to end the inning.
"That was a big play by Ramirez, it kept the ball from going down the
line. And Corey (Hart) made a great play to dig it out (at first base)," Wolf
said. "The bullpen did a great job and we got some big hits. Gomez's hit (in
the eighth) put a lot of pressure on them."
In the home half Gomez stroked a solo shot to center to trim the deficit to
"(Latos) is one of the best pitchers of the game," Gomez said. "I was trying
to take advantage of anything because I know he's tough. On the home run I
tried to get something I could drive out of the ball park and just put a good
swing on it."
Aoki extended his hitting-streak to 11 games...Brewers shortstop Jean Segura
picked up his first career hit with an infield single in the fifth...Brewers
pitcher Sean Marcum is scheduled to make a rehab start with Class-A Wisconsin
Thursday night versus Cedar Rapids...Milwaukee has a season-high six-game home
winning streak...The Reds have lost four in a row and were swept for just the
second time all season. They lost three in a row to the Indians June
18-20...Gomez's homer in the sixth snapped Latos' 19 2/3 inning scoreless
streak...The Reds still lead in the series 7-5 with one more three-game set
scheduled for September 25-27. The Brewers haven't won the season series since
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