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Lee homer helps Brewers avoid sweep vs. Reds

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Carlos Lee can relate to Barry Bonds. Chasing
a milestone homer can be tough.

Lee hit his 200th career home run, his first in 14 games, and
the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Cincinnati Reds 6-2 to salvage the
finale of a three-game series Wednesday night.

Lee snapped a 3-for-30 slump by going 2-for-3 with two-run shot
off Brandon Claussen (3-5), who fell to 1-6 in his career against
Milwaukee.

"It felt like Barry Bonds getting 714," Lee said as the ball
he hit for the milestone homer was being authenticated. "It was
the reason I slid a little bit. It feels good to get it -- plus we
got the win."

Lee's homer was his 16th of the season and first since May 9.

"When you make pitches up in the zone to Carlos Lee, there's a
good chance you're not going to get it back," Reds manager Jerry
Narron said.

Damian Miller had two doubles and Brady Clark had three hits for
Milwaukee to help Doug Davis (3-3) earn his first win in four
starts.

"We don't seem like we hit Davis too well," Narron said. "I
think it's a rhythm thing. He works slow and has a slow delivery,
and I think our guys get settled in against him."

The left-hander, who had two no-decisions and a loss in that
stretch, gave up five hits and two runs with three walks and four
strikeouts in seven innings.

"I thought I was making my pitches for most of the night,"
Davis said. "My changeup was big all night. If you stay out of the
big inning, you have a chance to go deep in the game. Tonight was a
big help. It got the bullpen some rest."

Matt Wise pitched the eighth and Derrick Turnbow closed out the
game in the ninth.

The Brewers took a 1-0 lead before making an out in the first
inning. Claussen walked Rickie Weeks to lead off the game, and
Weeks came around to score on Jeff Cirillo's double. After Geoff
Jenkins lined out to second, Cirillo moved to third on Lee's single
to right and scored on Prince Fielder's sacrifice fly.

"It was brutal," Claussen said. "I started the game off bad.
I never got in a rhythm out there. I threw pitches that should have
gotten hit."

Narron said, "I think he came out and wasn't aggressive in the
first inning. We'd like to see him throw more strikes. He even
admitted that he was picking. We've told him that we'd like to see
him get guys out early in the count.

Milwaukee, which had lost four of its last five games, extended
the lead to 3-0 in the second when Davis put down a squeeze bunt to
score Miller.

The Reds cut the lead to 3-1 in the third when Claussen scored
on Ken Griffey Jr.'s bases-loaded chopper to first, but Lee gave
the Brewers a four-run lead with a 424-foot homer to left in the
fifth after Jenkins was hit by a pitch with two outs.

"Two outs and I hit a guy," Claussen said. "I feel like,
sometimes, I'm my own worst enemy. I go out and try to be too fine.
The first two innings, I was pitching scared."

Austin Kearns made it 5-2 in the sixth with his 10th homer and
second in three games, an opposite-field shot into the visitors'
bullpen down the right-field line. The Brewers regained their
four-run lead in the seventh when Weeks scored on Fielder's
bases-loaded groundout.

Claussen lasted six innings while falling to 1-3 over his last
five starts. He allowed seven hits and five runs with two walks and
four strikeouts.

"He's a guy who can be tough on us, too," Milwaukee manager
Ned Yost said. "There've been a couple of times where he's been
tough and didn't get the win."<

^Notes:@ Cincinnati 2B Brandon Phillips batted leadoff for the
first time this season and LF Cody Ross made his first start for
the Reds since being acquired from Los Angeles on April 24. Ross
was on the disabled list from May 2-22 with a bruised left pinky
finger. ... SS Felipe Lopez missed his second start of the season
and LF Adam Dunn missed his first. ... Miller missed the previous
two games after leaving Sunday's 5-4 loss to Minnesota in the
fourth inning with back spasms. ... Cirillo is hitting .412
(14-for-34) in his eight starts.