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-- The Milwaukee Brewers won their fourth straight home game last night, 6-3 over Cincinnati.
MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Brewers won their fourth straight home game last night, 6-3 over Cincinnati.
The Brewers almost blew a 5-1 lead in the eighth inning when Francisco Rodriguez loaded the bases. But John Axford bailed him out when Norichika Aoki made a great sliding catch on what could have been a game-tying three-run double. The Reds scored twice in that frame as it was. Axford stayed in the game and pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to earn his 18th save. Yovani Gallardo got the win, giving up one run on six hits in seven innings with four strikeouts. It was the 10th time this season that Gallardo held an opponent to one-or-no-runs. Corey Hart and Aramis Ramirez hit back-to-back homers and Martin Maldonado belted a two-run shot, all within a span of four batters in the sixth inning. Maldonado also hit a pair of doubles, and drove in three on the night. Zack Cozart went 2-for-5 with a solo homer for the NL Central-leading Reds, who’ve lost two straight for the first time in just over a month. Bronson Arroyo gave up five runs in five-and-a-third innings for the loss. He’s now 7-7.
Cincy has still won 15-of-its-last-18. The Brewers’ win was only the fifth in their last 17. The two teams will play again tonight at Miller Park. Right-hander Mike Fiers will face Reds’ right-hander Johnny Cueto.
Jean Segura went 0-for-4 in his Brewers’ debut last night, and he struck out twice. The 22-year-old shortstop was called up from Double-“A” Huntsville after the Brewers put veteran Cesar Izturis on waivers – and the Washington Nationals picked him up. Brewers’ manager Ron Roenicke said the team wanted to get a good look at Segura. They were planning to call him up in September anyway – but with the Brew Crew out of pennant contention, they decided not to wait. Manager Ron Roenicke says Segura will play a lot – and the better he does, the more confident he’ll be. Segura was the best of three prospects Milwaukee received when it traded Zack Greinke to the Angels of Anaheim last month. Segura played eight games at Huntsville, batting .433 with four stolen bases and four RBI’s. He also hit .294 for the Angels’ Double-“A” farm club this season with seven homers and 33 stolen bases, and 40 RBI’s in 94 games.
After not pitching for almost two years, ex-Brewer Ben Sheets has built up a 4-1 record with the Atlanta Braves. Sheets, who pitched in Milwaukee for eight seasons, gave up one run in seven-and-a-third innings last night in a 6-1 Braves’ victory at Philadelphia. Sheets gave up seven hits and one walk. Sheets signed with Atlanta last month. He has not pitched a full season in the Majors since 2008.