<
>

Hart's first career homer big blast for Brewers

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Corey Hart's busy day was worth it.

The rookie picked up his first career hit, a three-run homer
that capped a five-run eighth inning, and the Milwaukee Brewers
snapped the Cincinnati Reds' 10-game road winning streak with an
8-3 victory Sunday.

Milwaukee recalled Hart from Triple-A Nashville on Saturday
night and he didn't arrive in town until Sunday morning.

"Corey came in, got off the plane, got dressed, took batting
practice and smoked the ball two or three times," Milwaukee
manager Ned Yost said. "He finally got a hold of one."

Lyle Overbay hit a go-ahead single in the eighth for Milwaukee,
which had lost its last five games. The Brewers also halted
Cincinnati's season-high five-game winning streak.

"Yes, it was (a good run)," Cincinnati manager Jerry Narron
said. "In the eighth, I thought we were going to win."

Rickie Weeks led off the eighth with a single off reliever Matt
Belisle (2-6). The right-hander then botched a sacrifice bunt
attempt by Bill Hall that put runners at first and second.

"It was a classic case of rushing it," Belisle said. "I
didn't get it done. It was an easy play."

Narron agreed.

"Our bullpen has been outstanding," he said. "It goes back to
if Matt fields the bunt, the inning is entirely different. To me,
that's the big play."

Overbay, who entered the game with a .548 batting average
against Cincinnati this season, failed to put down a sacrifice
bunt, but redeemed himself with a single to right that scored
Weeks.

"It makes the manager a little bit happier and you don't lose
sleep over that," Overbay said. "I tried to bunt a couple of bad
balls. Even if I had moved the runners over, that's a success.
That's what I was trying to do."

Milwaukee added another run on a fielder's choice by Geoff
Jenkins. Hart later homered with two outs for the first RBI of his
career.

"I just wanted to go out there and try to get a hit," said
Hart, who was 0-for-3 before his homer. "I was able to get one up
and get it out of here."

Reliever Kane Davis (1-0), appearing in his first major league
game since May 12, 2002, got the final out in the eighth for his
first win since April 28, 2002, for the New York Mets.

Cincinnati tied it at 3 in the eighth on a two-out single by Ken
Griffey Jr. With runners on first and second, Austin Kearns
followed with a sharp line drive that was caught by a diving
Jenkins in right field.

"No one in the world, I thought, would catch that ball,"
Narron said.

Wes Helms' double in the seventh had given Milwaukee a brief 3-2
lead.

Doug Davis didn't have a decision for the eighth time in nine
starts. The left-hander retired 10 batters in a row at one point.
He struck out nine, two shy of his career high, and allowed four
hits in seven innings.

"It was a win for Davis," Yost said. "We were hoping it'd be
for Doug Davis, as well as Doug's pitched. Doug's been sitting on
nine wins for a long time."

Cincinnati starter Brandon Claussen had won his last three
starts. But the left-hander allowed six hits in six innings to
remain winless in three starts against Milwaukee this season.

Cincinnati took a 1-0 lead in the third on Sean Casey's
run-scoring single, but Milwaukee answered with two runs in the
bottom of the inning.

Davis led off with his first career triple off Griffey's glove
in center field. Weeks followed with a sharp groundball off the
glove of diving third baseman Edwin Encarnacion that scored Davis.
Weeks stole second, took third on Hall's fly to center, and scored
on a sacrifice fly by Overbay.

Griffey led off the fourth with his 26th homer to tie it at 2.

Game notes
Milwaukee made several transactions before the game.
Relievers Matt Wise and Julio Santana were placed on the 15-day DL.
To take their place, the Brewers recalled pitcher Jose Capellan
from Nashville and purchased the Davis contract from Nashville.
Jeff Cirillo was transferred to the 60-day DL. ... The last triple
by a Milwaukee pitcher was by Jeff D'Amico on April 12, 2001,
against Houston. ... The Reds haven't won more than 10 straight
road games since setting the club record of 15 from April 22-May
27, 1957.