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Brewers road woes continue

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Associated Press
May 31, 2011
— Jay Bruce hit a three-run home run and Travis Wood turned in six mostly solid innings as the Cincinnati Reds rebounded from a disastrous road trip with a 7-3 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday night.

Bruce tripled for the first time this season and finished a double short of the cycle as the Reds successfully opened a 10-day, nine-game homestand after a 2-8 trip.


The Brewers, who went 8-1 on their last homestand, saw their road record fall to a National League-worst 8-18 (.308), including 0-4 this season and 1-11 over the last two in Cincinnati. They are 1-6 against the Reds overall this season and 4-17 over the last two years.


Wood (4-3) allowed three runs and seven hits while not walking anybody and striking out two. He is 3-0 in four career starts against Milwaukee over the last two years.


Relievers Jose Arredondo, Nick Masset and Francisco Cordero each pitched a scoreless inning.


Bruce tripled and scored on Jonny Gomes' sacrifice fly in the second against Milwaukee left-hander Chris Narveson. Two innings later, following Votto's second walk in as many plate appearances and Scott Rolen's single, Bruce launched an 0-2 pitch 422 feet into the right field seats for his league-leading 16th homer of the season and 12th in May.


He is tied with Adam Dunn who hit 12 home runs in July 2008 for the most homers by a Red in a calendar month since Greg Vaughn tied the club record with 14 in September 1999. He has hit six of Cincinnati's last seven home runs and eight of the last 10.


Bruce's three-run shot gave him 32 RBI in May, one more than Dunn in July 2008. The last Reds player with more than 32 in a month could not immediately be determined.


Gomes followed the homer with a double and scored on Paul Janish's single.


Consecutive home runs by Carlos Gomez and Josh Wilson, pinch-hitting for Naverson, and Ryan Braun's RBI double left the Reds leading 5-3 after five innings. Wilson's homer was his first since last Sept. 26, at Tampa Bay for Seattle.


Narveson (2-4) lasted only four innings, allowing five hits and five runs with two walks and seven strikeouts.


The Reds tacked on two runs with two outs in the sixth with help from the Brewers. Ryan Hanigan and Janish singled off right-hander Sergio Mitre, followed by pinch-hitter Fred Lewis' single up the middle. Hanigan beat Gomez's throw to catcher Jonathan Lucroy, whose throw to first trying to catch Lewis was too high for second baseman Rickie Weeks to handle, allowing Janish to score an unearned run.


Notes: The Reds' eight losses on their last road trip were the most since they lost eight on a 12-game trip from June 20 through July 3, 2003. They lost eight games on a 10-game trip for the first time since April 15-25, 1996. ... Cincinnati didn't make it official, but RHP Chad Reineke is the projected starter Tuesday against Milwaukee. The appearance will be his first in the majors since starting for Oakland against Texas on Aug. 5, 2009. Reineke is 5-2 with a 2.52 ERA in 10 games, nine of them starts, with Triple-A Louisville. ... Milwaukee RHP Takashi Saito, on the 60-day DL with a strained left hamstring, was expected to throw in the bullpen Tuesday and three or four more times after that before trying a simulated game, manager Ron Roenicke said before Monday's game.



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