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Broxton falters as Reds' skid hits four games

MILWAUKEE -- Mat Latos pitched another great game, but Ryan Braun awoke from his slump just in time for the Brewers to sweep the Reds.

Braun snapped an 0-for-18 streak with a two-out double in the eighth to lift the Brewers to a 3-2 victory over the Reds on Wednesday at Miller Park.

The Reds have lost four consecutive games, the team's longest losing streak since dropping four straight from June 18-22.

Latos ran his scoreless streak to 19 2/3 innings before Carlos Gomez homered with one out in the sixth. The right-hander has a 2.03 ERA in his last nine starts. He allowed one run on three hits and a walk in seven innings while striking out eight, leaving with a 2-1 lead.

Jonathan Broxton (1-1) replaced Latos and retired the first two batters in the eighth before Norichika Aoki reached on a soft infield hit that the big right-hander couldn't field cleanly. Aoki then stole second and moved to third on catcher Dioner Navarro's errant throw into center field.

Gomez then singled over the glove of shortstop Wilson Valdez to score Aoki with the tying run.

After Gomez stole second, Braun -- in his worst slump of the season -- hit a 1-0 pitch from Broxton to the gap in left-center field for a double, scoring Gomez without a play to give Milwaukee the lead.

Navarro hit a two-run home run off Milwaukee starter Randy Wolf for the Reds' only runs.

John Axford (4-6) pitched a scoreless eighth to earn the victory. Jim Henderson pitched the ninth for his second save.

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MIL Full Game Coverage WAUKEE -- Mat Latos pitched another great game, but Ryan Braun awoke from his slump just in time for the Brewers to sweep the Reds.

Braun snapped an 0-for-18 streak with a two-out double in the eighth to lift the Brewers to a 3-2 victory over the Reds on Wednesday at Miller Park.

The Reds have lost four consecutive games, the team's longest losing streak since dropping four straight from June 18-22.

Latos ran his scoreless streak to 19 2/3 innings before Carlos Gomez homered with one out in the sixth. The right-hander has a 2.03 ERA in his last nine starts. He allowed one run on three hits and a walk in seven innings while striking out eight, leaving with a 2-1 lead.

Jonathan Broxton (1-1) replaced Latos and retired the first two batters in the eighth before Norichika Aoki reached on a soft infield hit that the big right-hander couldn't field cleanly. Aoki then stole second and moved to third on catcher Dioner Navarro's errant throw into center field.

Gomez then singled over the glove of shortstop Wilson Valdez to score Aoki with the tying run.

After Gomez stole second, Braun -- in his worst slump of the season -- hit a 1-0 pitch from Broxton to the gap in left-center field for a double, scoring Gomez without a play to give Milwaukee the lead.

Navarro hit a two-run home run off Milwaukee starter Randy Wolf for the Reds' only runs.

John Axford (4-6) pitched a scoreless eighth to earn the victory. Jim Henderson pitched the ninth for his second save.

 

Cincinnati Reds, Jonathan Broxton, Mat Latos, Dioner Navarro