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Series: Game 2 of 3

Series tied 1-1 (as of 7/29)

Game 1: Friday, July 28
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Game 2: Saturday, July 29
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Game 3: Sunday, July 30
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Reds 3

(55-49, 28-24 away)

Brewers 6

(49-55, 31-23 home)

7:05 PM ET, July 29, 2006

Miller Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 

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W: G. Gonzalez (3-2)

L: J. Germano (0-1)

S: D. Turnbow (24)

Rivera's tie-breaking single helps Brewers beat Reds

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A couple of Milwaukee's newest players combined with some of its veterans to get the Brewers a much-needed win Saturday night.

Mike Rivera hit a tiebreaking RBI single, Prince Fielder added a solo homer and Milwaukee rallied to beat the Cincinnati Reds 6-3.

It was just the fifth victory in 17 games for Milwaukee, which snapped a three-game losing streak.

"The new additions all had big nights to get us off that little streak we were on," manager Ned Yost said. "Hopefully we'll start a new streak."

Derrick Turnbow worked the ninth for his 24th save in 32 chances and first since June 29th at Chicago. Turnbow had blown his previous four save opportunities for Milwaukee.

"I'm glad I was able to get out of there and get the job done," Turnbow said. "It's been a while and it feels good."

Cincinnati led 3-0 after two innings but Bill Hall hit a two-run homer in the fourth to tie it. It was Hall's 24th homer of the season.

"When you have someone on the ropes early like that you need to take advantage of it and we didn't," Cincinnati manager Jerry Narron said. "The big thing tonight was we had a chance early to blow the game open and we didn't do it. We had a lot of chances."

David Bell, who was acquired from Philadelphia on Friday, doubled to snap a 0-for-15 streak and scored on Rivera's two-out single in the sixth to give Milwaukee a 4-3 lead. Rivera, recalled from Triple-A Nashville on July 6, went 2-for-4.

Geremi Gonzalez (3-2) pitched a perfect sixth inning to get the win and Fielder hit his 19th homer in the seventh.

Hall led off the eighth with a double and scored on a one-out single by pinch-hitter Gabe Gross to make it 6-3. Rich Aurilia, Scott Hatteberg and Royce Clayton each drove in a run for the Reds.

Milwaukee starter Doug Davis threw three scoreless innings after the Reds jumped out to a 3-0 lead. He allowed seven hits, struck out six and walked three.

"We did a good job early on Doug Davis," Narron said. "We got his pitch count up and we did everything we had to do except tack on some runs. We had a chance to knock him out and we just didn't do it."

Kevin Mench, acquired from the Rangers on Friday, drove in Milwaukee's first run with a single that scored Tony Graffanino, another new teammate, in the third.

"These guys are established big leaguers," Hall said. "They're not just coming in out of the minor leagues. They've been around for a while and know how to play the game. We expect them to come in here and do exactly what they've done."

Justin Germano (0-1), recalled from Triple-A Louisville earlier in the day, made his second appearance of the season with the Reds and first since May 30 but was sent back to the minors after the game. The right-hander, making his first start since Sept. 14, 2004, with San Diego, struck out eight but allowed four earned runs and eight hits in 5 2/3 innings.

"My arm felt great, I thought I threw the ball pretty well and I'm glad I got up here to get the opportunity," Germano said. "I pitched well, but if I could take back one pitch, it would be that one to Hall."

Game notes


Milwaukee placed second baseman Rickie Weeks on the 15-day disabled list with a right wrist tendon injury, and shortstop J.J. Hardy was transferred to the 60-day disabled list. ... To make room for Germano, Cincinnati designated outfielder Dewayne Wise for assignment. The team did not immediately announce a corresponding roster move when it sent Germano down after the game. ... Graffanino was part of two interesting plays while at the plate. In the first, he hit a routine popup that landed in between second baseman Brandon Phillips and shortstop Royce Clayton near the outer edge of the infield. The play resulted in a fielder's choice, however, when Phillips got the ball and tagged second for a forceout. In the fifth, Graffanino was at the plate when an older man got onto the field and ran the bases starting at second. Security officials got the man at home plate. ... Graffanino was acquired from Kansas City on Tuesday.

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