Series: Game 2 of 4

Cincinnati leads 2-0 (as of 7/9)

Game 1: Thursday, July 8
Game 2: Friday, July 9
Game 3: Saturday, July 10
Game 4: Sunday, July 11

Reds 3

(46-40, 21-25 away)

Brewers 0

(44-40, 24-19 home)

    8:05 PM ET, July 9, 2004

    Miller Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 

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    W: A. Harang (5-2)

    L: C. Capuano (3-5)

    S: D. Graves (32)

    Harang has allowed 1 run in over 18 innings

    MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Aaron Harang has been close to untouchable since spending most of last month on the disabled list with a sprained ligament in his right elbow.

    Since coming off the DL, Harang has allowed just one earned run in 18 2/3 innings for a measly ERA of 0.48 thanks to modified mechanics that has him throwing across his body less.

    The right-hander tied a career high with 10 strikeouts and Wily Mo Pena homered in the Cincinnati Reds' 3-0 victory over the punchless Milwaukee Brewers on Friday night.

    "I felt great," Harang said. "It was one of those games where everything was good. My arm slot was deceptive with all my pitches. I don't think I made many mistakes. I had everything working tonight."

    Harang (5-2) gave up five hits, all singles, walked one and didn't allow a runner past first base until left fielder Adam Dunn's throwing error on Chris Magruder's bloop single with two outs in the eighth.

    When Scott Podsednik followed with an infield hit, left-hander Gabe White came in and got Craig Counsell on a flyout to right with slugger Geoff Jenkins on deck.

    Danny Graves pitched the ninth, tying his career high with his 32nd save in 39 chances. He got Ben Grieve to ground into a double play with two on and struck out Bill Hall to end the game.

    Graves also had 32 saves in 39 chances in 2001 and 2002 -- but those stats are for a full season, not half of one.

    "That's pretty crazy," Graves said.

    But Graves wanted to talk more about Harang's performance than his mark.

    "Unbelievable, that was awesome," Graves said. "His velocity was the best I've seen."

    The Reds recorded Harang's 100th pitch at 94 mph.

    "He was outstanding," Cincinnati manager Dave Miley said. "Even when he ran into a bit of trouble in the eighth they were balls that weren't really hit hard. He was tremendous."

    Harang never faced more than four batters in an inning.

    "He just didn't get into trouble," Brewers cleanup hitter Lyle Overbay said.

    The Brewers have scored just 20 runs in their last nine games, six of them losses. They've been in a two-month funk, but Overbay said he still trusts they won't have to scrape for runs on a nightly basis the rest of the summer.

    "No, we can score a run anywhere through our lineup," he said. "We just can't get it together right now."

    Certainly not against Harang.

    "It was a lack of offense, but the reason it was a lack of offense is because Aaron Harang threw an outstanding ballgame," Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said. "The zone was big ... it was a high zone and it was a low zone and he took advantage of it."

    So did Brewers starter Chris Capuano, who set a career high with nine strikeouts to go with two big mistakes.

    Ken Griffey Jr., who broke out of a long slump with four RBI on Thursday night, followed Barry Larkin's double down the left-field line with a double into the right-field corner to give the Reds a 1-0 lead in the first inning. He was stranded at third when shortstop Counsell robbed Pena of a base hit.

    Capuano (3-5) stifled the Reds after that until Pena sent a pitch 430 feet for his eighth homer in the sixth. It followed a walk to Griffey and gave Cincinnati a 3-0 lead.

    Capuano allowed three earned runs on six hits with three walks in a career-best 7 1/3 innings.

    "He made two bad pitches that got hit, one to Griffey on a hanging slider and a changeup that came back over the middle of the plate to Pena," Yost said. "Besides that, he was outstanding."

    Keith Ginter started at third base for the Brewers in place of slumping starter Wes Helms, whose consecutive two-base errors Thursday night led to a five-run Reds rally. Helms has had a rough season in the field and at the plate, where he's hitting .261 with two homers and 16 RBI.

    Matt Erickson pinch-hit in the eighth and grounded out in his major league debut. He was called up from Triple-A Indianapolis when the Brewers optioned right-hander Wes Obermueller to Indianapolis before the game.

    Game notes

    The crowd of 30,709 was treated to a free Randy Travis concert afterward. ... Brewers RHP Ben Diggins had a 31-pitch performance Friday in the Arizona Rookie League, his first appearance since undergoing Tommy John surgery on his right elbow on Aug. 8. He allowed three hits and no runs in 1 2/3 innings against the Giants' affiliate.

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