Series: Game 1 of 4

Milwaukee leads 1-0 (as of 9/9)

Game 1: Thursday, September 9
Game 2: Friday, September 10
Game 3: Saturday, September 11
Game 4: Sunday, September 12

Brewers 7

(61-77, 27-40 away)

Reds 2

(63-76, 34-34 home)

    7:10 PM ET, September 9, 2004

    Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, Ohio 

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    W: D. Davis (11-10)

    L: G. White (1-3)

    Helms hits grand slam in Cincy

    CINCINNATI (AP) -- Wes Helms' swing is starting to come around after knee surgery two months ago.

    Helms hit a grand slam and Brady Clark had four hits against his former team, leading the Brewers over the Cincinnati Reds 7-2.

    "My timing was off," said Helms, who didn't play in Milwaukee's last four games. "That's why I work so hard before the game with (hitting coach) Butch (Wynegar). We're wearing him out. All the hard work is paying off, especially in my situation. I'm pulling the ball with authority now and not getting sawed off on inside pitches."

    Doug Davis (11-10) tied his career high for wins with his first victory in seven starts since July 30. He allowed six hits and two runs with no walks in six innings. He was 0-1 with a 2.81 ERA and five no-decisions since his last win. Davis also had 11 wins for Texas in 2001.

    "It was frustrating, but I didn't feel any pressure," Davis said. "I thought I was pitching well, and the team was playing well behind me. We just weren't scoring any runs."

    Wily Mo Pena homered for the Reds, who have lost four straight and nine of 10.

    The score was 2-all when Bill Hall drew a leadoff walk from Gabe White (1-2) in the fifth. Hall stole second and scored on Clark's double to left.

    "I like Brady hitting behind our big hitters," Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said. "If the big hitters get on, I know he's going to put his bat on the ball."

    Clark went 4-for-4 with two doubles, two singles and a walk to match his career high for hits and help the Brewers come back from a 2-0 deficit. Helms, who suffered a displaced meniscus in his right knee on May 19 in Puerto Rico and had arthroscopic surgery on May 24, broke the game open with his fourth homer of the season and third career slam in the seventh inning off Juan Padilla.

    The Brewers scored all of their runs with two outs.

    "That was probably the key to the ballgame," Reds manager Dave Miley said.

    Mike Adams worked a scoreless seventh for Milwaukee before Brooks Kieschnick finished with two shutout innings.

    Cincinnati starter Brandon Claussen set a career high with eight strikeouts despite lasting just four innings. He allowed six hits and two runs with two walks on 95 pitches.

    "I only threw 10 pitches in the first inning," Claussen said. "I thought, after the first two innings, I was going to be able to go deep into the ballgame, but it was a situation where I was just missing and ran deep into counts and they fouled off a lot of tough pitches, and that ran my pitch count up."

    The Reds are being careful with Claussen, who had elbow surgery in 2002.

    "Every time he goes out there, I think he learns stuff," Miley said. "We've talked about it before. We're not going to send them out there and take chances. He's got to learn how to minimize his pitches."

    Pena, in his first at-bat since Aug. 31, gave the Reds a 1-0 lead in the second inning with his 23rd homer of the season. Pena hadn't played since bruising his left chest crashing into the outfield wall while making a catch.

    Felipe Lopez made it 2-0 when he led off the third with his first triple of the season and scored on Sean Casey's fielder's choice grounder.

    Milwaukee tied it at 2 in the fourth when Clark scored from third on Jason LaRue's passed ball with the bases loaded and Scott Podsednik drove in Helms with a single.

    Game notes

    Podsednik set a Brewers record with his major league-leading 55th stolen base in the eighth. He had been tied with Pat Listach, who set the mark in 1992. The franchise high is 73, set by Tommy Harper with the Seattle Pilots in 1969. ... Davis' strikeout of Juan Castro in the third gave him 141 for the season, a Milwaukee club record for left-handers. He went into the game tied with Glendon Rusch, who set the mark in 2002. ... Milwaukee's Lyle Overbay broke a tie with San Diego's Mark Loretta for the NL lead in doubles with his 45th. ... Clark set a career high with his 14th stolen base.

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