Brewers snap losing streak with 8-3 win over CincinnatiWisconsin Sports
-- The Milwaukee Brewers ended a three-game losing streak with an 8-3 home victory over Cincinnati last night.
MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Brewers ended a three-game losing streak with an 8-3 home victory over Cincinnati last night.
The Brew Crew jumped out to a 6-nothing lead after four innings and never looked back. All their runs came with two outs. Jonathan Lucroy put Milwaukee on the board in the first inning with a two-run single. Aramis Ramirez put the game away in the fourth with a three-run triple. Cesar Izturis hit his first homer in almost two years for the Brewers, who improved their home record to 7-7. The victory moved Milwaukee out of last place in the National League Central, where they were tied with the Chicago Cubs after a loss on Monday night.
The Brewers were helped by two spectacular back-to-back defensive plays in the second. Nyjer Morgan robbed Scott Rolen of a homer with an over-the-wall catch in center. And then Travis Ishikawa snatched a foul pop-up in the second row of the stands along the first base line. Yovani Gallardo got the win, ending a personal two-game losing streak. He struck out eight in six innings, giving up two runs on four hits. And he helped his own cause at the plate with an RBI-single. Homer Bailey lasted just three-and-two-thirds innings and gave up six runs. He took the loss, falling to 1-3. Jay Bruce hit a two-run shot for Cincinnati, and Scott Rolen hit an RBI-double – the 506th two-bagger of his career, tying him with Babe Ruth for 48th on the all-time list.
The Reds ended a two-game winning streak. Milwaukee has now won 54 straight games when leading after seven innings. The Brewers and Reds will wrap up their series this afternoon at Miller Park. Right-hander Zack Greinke faces Reds’ right-hander Johnny Cueto.
Brewers’ owner Mark Attanasio says his general manager and field manager both provide strong, steady leadership in good times and bad. And that’s why he gave them contract extensions yesterday. G-M Doug Melvin was given a three-year extension through 2015, plus a promotion with a new title of President of Baseball Operations. Manager Ron Roenicke was given a two-year extension through 2014, with a club option for ’15. Melvin has been with the Brewers for almost a decade. When he arrived, he said his goal was to have a team more popular than the sausage races. But he’s done a lot more than that, landing trades that brought Cy Young winners C-C Sabathia and Zack Greinke to Milwaukee during key stretch drives, while signing and keeping home-grown talent like league M-V-P Ryan Braun and All-Stars Corey Hart and Rickie Weeks. Roenicke – in his first year as a manager – led the Brewers to their first division title in 29 years and got them to within two wins of a World Series. Attanasio said people forget that the Brewers only won 56 games before Melvin arrived – and Roenicke won the most games in a season in Brewers’ history, with 96 a year ago.