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Saturday, July 29, 2006

Brewers Beat Reds 6-3



From Sportsline.com:

A couple of Milwaukee's newest players combined with some of its veterans to get the Brewers a much-needed win Saturday night.

Mike Rivera hit a tiebreaking RBI single, Prince Fielder added a solo homer and Milwaukee rallied to beat the Cincinnati Reds 6-3.

It was just the fifth victory in 17 games for Milwaukee, which snapped a three-game losing streak.

"The new additions all had big nights to get us off that little streak we were on," manager Ned Yost said. "Hopefully we'll start a new streak."

Derrick Turnbow worked the ninth for his 24th save in 32 chances and first since June 29th at Chicago. Turnbow had blown his previous four save opportunities for Milwaukee

"I'm glad I was able to get out of there and get the job done," Turnbow said. "It's been a while and it feels good."

Cincinnati led 3-0 after two innings but Bill Hall hit a two-run homer in the fourth to tie it. It was Hall's 24th homer of the season.

"When you have someone on the ropes early like that you need to take advantage of it and we didn't," Cincinnati manager Jerry Narron said. "The big thing tonight was we had a chance early to blow the game open and we didn't do it. We had a lot of chances."

David Bell, who was acquired from Philadelphia on Friday, doubled to snap a 0-for-15 streak and scored on Rivera's two-out single in the sixth to give Milwaukee a 4-3 lead. Rivera, recalled from Triple-A Nashville on July 6, went 2-for-4.

Geremi Gonzalez (3-2) pitched a perfect sixth inning to get the win and Fielder hit his 19th homer in the seventh.

Hall led off the eighth with a double and scored on a one-out single by pinch-hitter Gabe Gross to make it 6-3. Rich Aurilia, Scott Hatteberg and Royce Clayton each drove in a run for the Reds.

Milwaukee starter Doug Davis threw three scoreless innings after the Reds jumped out to a 3-0 lead. He allowed seven hits, struck out six and walked three.

"We did a good job early on Doug Davis," Narron said. "We got his pitch count up and we did everything we had to do except tack on some runs. We had a chance to knock him out and we just didn't do it."

Kevin Mench, acquired from the Rangers on Friday, drove in Milwaukee's first run with a single that scored Tony Graffanino, another new teammate, in the third.

"These guys are established big leaguers," Hall said. "They're not just coming in out of the minor leagues. They've been around for a while and know how to play the game. We expect them to come in here and do exactly what they've done."

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