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Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Brewers Beat Reds 6-2, Break .500



The last time the Milwaukee Brewers finished with a winning record they were still in the American League.

Rick Helling allowed three hits over six innings and the Brewers climbed above .500 for the first time in four months with a 6-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night.

Helling struck out a season-high eight and Milwaukee moved over the break-even mark for the first time since being 24-23 on May 27. It is the most victories for the Brewers (79-78) since 1996 when they went 80-82. The Brewers, who have five games left, have not had a winning season since 1992, when they were 92-70. They moved to the National League in 1998.

The Brewers reached .500 six times since Aug. 5, but could never get the next win.

"We're over the hump for tonight," manager Ned Yost said, adding the team has to stay focused on winning. "You never want to get there (.500) and keep falling back like we did. Again, we're over .500 tonight. We got to make sure we stay over .500 again tomorrow night."
Helling (3-1) said he knew the game was important.

"I was hoping to go out there and give us a chance to win," he said. "We did really pretty much all facets of the game well tonight. We pitched well, we scored enough runs and played good defense."

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