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Milwaukee handles Reds, 9-5

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Mike Cameron hit a go-head two-run homer in a six-run fifth inning, waking up the Milwaukee Brewers’ latent offense in a 9-5 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday.

Cincinnati was without offensive standout Joey Votto, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with stress-related issues believed to be linked to his ongoing struggles with an inner-ear infection — although club officials were hesitant to go into detail about the situation.

But pitching was the Reds’ biggest problem Saturday, especially in a fifth inning that at times seemed like it might last all night.

With Milwaukee trailing 5-3 going into the fifth, Ryan Braun hit a one-out solo home run to cut Cincinnati’s lead to one. Prince Fielder then singled, and Cameron hit a 1-1 pitch from Reds starter Aaron Harang deep to left-center field for his 10th home run of the season and a 6-5 Milwaukee lead.

It was the Brewers’ third home run of the night off Harang (5-5), who also allowed a three-run homer by Fielder in the first. But it didn’t stop there.

Corey Hart reached on an infield hit, then barely beat a throw home to score on a double by Bill Hall. Reds manager Dusty Baker then removed Harang in favor of Jared Burton.

Burton allowed a ground-rule double to Mike Rivera, scoring Hall to give the Brewers an 8-5 lead. Burton then got Brewers relief pitcher Seth McClung to swing at strike three, but a wild pitch got away from catcher Ryan Hanigan, allowing McClung to take first and Rivera to take third.

Friday’s Game

Brewers 3, Reds 2

Cincinnati Milwaukee

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Dickrsn cf 4 1 3 1 Counsll 2b 5 1 3 1

HrstnJr 3b 4 1 2 2 Hardy ss 5 1 1 0

Bruce rf 4 0 0 0 Braun lf 5 1 2 1

BPhllps 2b 3 1 1 1 Fielder 1b 4 2 3 3

L.Nix lf 1 0 0 0 MCmrn cf 4 1 1 2

Gomes ph-lf 1 0 0 0 Hart rf 4 1 3 0

RHrndz 1b 4 0 0 0 Hall 3b 4 1 1 1

AlGnzlz ss 4 1 1 0 MiRivr c 5 1 2 1

Hanign c 3 1 1 1 Bush p 1 0 0 0

Harang p 1 0 1 0 Gerut ph 1 0 0 0

Burton p 0 0 0 0 McClng p 1 0 0 0

Herrer p 0 0 0 0 Catlntt ph 1 0 0 0

Castillo ph 1 0 0 0 Stetter p 0 0 0 0

Fisher p 0 0 0 0 Villanv p 1 0 0 0

Lincoln p 0 0 0 0

Totals 30 5 9 5 Totals 41 9 16 9

Cincinnati 310 100 000 — 5

Milwaukee 300 060 00x — 9

E—L.Nix (1). DP—Milwaukee 3. LOB—Cincinnati 3, Milwaukee 12. 2B—Ale.Gonzalez (6), Harang (1), Hall (9), Mi.Rivera (3). 3B—Dickerson (2). HR—Hairston Jr. (7), B.Phillips (8), Braun (9), Fielder (12), M.Cameron (10). S—Harang.

IP H R ER BB SO

Cincinnati

Harang L,5-5 4 1-3 12 8 8 0 5

Burton 2-3 2 1 1 0 1

Herrera 1 1 0 0 1 0

Fisher 1 1 0 0 0 2

Lincoln 1 0 0 0 2 1

Milwaukee

Bush 4 7 5 5 3 3

McClung W,2-1 3 2 0 0 0 2

Stetter 2-3 0 0 0 1 2

Villanueva 1 1-3 0 0 0 0 2

HBP—by Lincoln (Hart). WP—Harang, Burton. Umpires—Home, Gary Cederstrom; First, Jim Wolf; Second, Brian O’Nora; Third, Fieldin Culbreth. T—3:16. A—44,172 (41,900).