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McDonald’s pinch-hit double lifts Reds over Brewers

MILWAUKEE — Ryan Braun knew he made a mistake, and it cost the Milwaukee Brewers the game.

Pinch-hitter Darnell McDonald, promoted from Triple-A Louisville on Tuesday, hit an RBI double over Braun’s head to drive in the winning run in the 10th inning, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Brewers 4-3 on Wednesday night.

McDonald, who threw out Braun trying to score the winning run in the ninth in Tuesday’s night extra-inning victory, hit a liner that Braun in left field misjudged.

‘‘I thought it jammed him, and by the time I recognized that it didn’t, I was too late,’’ Braun said. ‘‘Obviously, a crucial mistake in a big situation.’’

McDonald said that he was just trying to be aggressive and help the team win.

‘‘I was able to find a hole,’’ he said. ‘‘I guess the good Lord was looking out for me. Today was my day.’’

Dusty Baker gave him the manager’s lineup cards as a souvenir.

‘‘That was my first game-winning hit,’’ McDonald said. ‘‘I’m going to cherish this.’’

Baker said that Braun probably had a tough read on the ball because the ball had a lot of back spin.

‘‘He was playing probably a little shallow to try throw the runner out at the plate,’’ Baker said after his team won their third straight for the first time since a four-game streak in late May.

‘‘That wasn’t no flyball. That was a line drive,’’ Baker said. ‘‘There is a difference between a flyball and a line drive. That ball was hit a ton. We caught a break.’’

Brewers manager Ken Macha had a simpler explanation.

‘‘I would say Braun took a bad route on that ball in the 10th,’’ Macha said.

The extra-inning rally started when Wladimir Balentien hit a ground-rule double past diving right fielder Jody Gerut off Mike Burns (3-5), the fifth Brewer reliever, with one out in the 10th. Craig Tatum then hit into a fielder’s choice, advancing to second when Balentien was caught in a rundown.

Reds’ boxscore

Wednesday’s Game

Reds 8, Brewers 6, 13 innings

Cincinnati Milwaukee

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Stubbs cf 6 0 1 0 Gerut rf 5 1 2 1

Janish ss 5 0 1 1 Counsll 2b 5 0 2 0

Votto 1b 2 0 0 0 Braun lf 4 1 3 0

BPhllps 2b 5 0 0 0 Fielder 1b 4 1 2 2

Rolen 3b 5 1 2 0 McGeh 3b 4 0 0 0

L.Nix rf 5 1 1 1 MCmrn cf 5 0 0 0

Balentn lf 3 0 1 0 Kendall c 1 0 0 0

CMiller c 3 1 1 0 AEscor ss 4 0 0 0

Barker ph 1 0 0 0 Looper p 2 0 1 0

Tatum c 1 1 0 0 Catlntt ph 1 0 0 0

K.Wells p 1 0 0 0 Wethrs p 0 0 0 0

Burton p 0 0 0 0 Stetter p 0 0 0 0

Sutton ph 0 0 0 0 CVargs p 0 0 0 0

Rhodes p 0 0 0 0 Hoffmn p 0 0 0 0

Masset p 0 0 0 0 FLopez ph 1 0 0 0

Gomes ph 0 0 0 0 Burns p 0 0 0 0

Fisher p 0 0 0 0

Herrer p 0 0 0 0

DMcDn ph 1 0 1 1

Corder p 0 0 0 0

Totals 38 4 8 3 Totals 36 3 10 3

Cincinnati 010 010 010 1 — 4

Milwaukee 000 030 000 0 — 3

E—C.Vargas (1), McGehee (12), A.Escobar (3). DP—Cincinnati 3, Milwaukee 1. LOB—Cincinnati 12, Milwaukee 9. 2B—Balentien (2), D.McDonald (1), Counsell (18), Braun (29). HR—L.Nix (13), Gerut (6), Fielder (34). SB—Rolen (1), Kendall (3). CS—McGehee (1). S—K.Wells.

IP H R ER BB SO

Cincinnati

K.Wells 5 7 3 3 3 2

Burton 1 0 0 0 0 2

Rhodes 1-3 2 0 0 1 0

Masset 2-3 0 0 0 0 0

Fisher 1 0 0 0 0 1

Herrera W,3-4 1 0 0 0 0 0

Cordero S,27-29 1 1 0 0 0 2

Milwaukee

Looper 6 5 2 2 3 4

Weathers H,14 2-3 0 0 0 0 1

Stetter 0 0 0 0 0 0

C.Vargas BS,2-2 1 1-3 1 1 1 2 2

Hoffman 1 0 0 0 0 0

Burns L,3-5 1 2 1 1 0 0

Stetter pitched to 1 batter in the 7th. HBP—by K.Wells (Kendall), by Burton (Kendall), by Weathers (Sutton), by Stetter (Votto). Umpires—Home, Bill Miller; First, Derryl Cousins; Second, Angel Campos; Third, Jim Joyce. T—3:37. A—35,084 (41,900).