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Monday, July 25, 2005

Dunn Puts Brewers Away

Austin Kearns started the Cincinnati Reds off and Adam Dunn sent them home with a win.

Kearns and Dunn, outfielders who were picked back-to-back in the 1998 draft and have been friends and roommates during their professional careers, each homered to provide all of Cincinnati's offense in a 3-2 victory Sunday over the Milwaukee Brewers.

Kearns hit a two-run shot off Doug Davis in the fourth inning to put the Reds ahead 2-1. Dunn led off the ninth by hitting a 2-2 pitch from Julio Santana (2-4) into the right-field bleachers to snap a 2-all tie and give the Reds their ninth win in 13 games.

"It's fun," said Kearns, recalled by the Reds on Wednesday after being optioned to Triple-A Louisville on June 12. "We came up together, and we're as good a friends as you can be. It's nice. It's been a while, but it was nice."

David Weathers (6-1) pitched a scoreless inning for the win as the Brewers wasted a gutty effort by their starter, Doug Davis. The left-hander set a career high with 11 strikeouts, but was left with his fifth no-decision in five starts. He allowed six hits and two runs with one intentional walk in eight innings.

"The only mistake I made was locating a pitch up and away to Kearns," Davis said. "If it's down and away, it's a groundball. I was happy with my performance, but I wasn't happy that we didn't get anything out of it as a team."

Davis is 0-1 in six starts since beating the Cubs 9-5 on June 22.

The Brewers head home Monday to face the Diamondbacks. Ben Sheets (5-7) will face Brandon Wbb (8-7).


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