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Brewers rally in eighth to cap sweep of Reds

MILWAUKEE -- On Wednesday at Miller Park, Carlos Gomez displayed both the characteristics that sometimes hold him back and the abilities that make him one of the Brewers' most exciting young players.

Fortunately for Milwaukee, the good outweighed the bad, as the Brewers beat the Reds, 3-2, thanks to Gomez's go-ahead run in the bottom of the eighth.

After Milwaukee recorded just two hits in five-plus innings against Reds starter Mat Latos, Gomez put the Brewers on the board in the bottom of the sixth with a solo shot to deep center field. Gomez saw six pitches in the at-bat after swinging at the first offering in each of his first two plate appearances -- a groundout and a fielder's choice. That impatience sometimes leaves manager Ron Roenicke frustrated, but on Wednesday, Gomez more than made up for his early miscues.

The long ball cut the Reds' lead to 2-1, an advantage they gained on Dioner Navarro's homer off Milwaukee starter Randy Wolf in the top of the third. The home run pitch was one of the few mistakes Wolf made in his six innings of work. The left-hander gave up six hits and walked two batters, but he also struck out seven and escaped a bases-loaded, one-out situation in the sixth without surrendering a run.

Wolf's strong performance opened the door for the Brewers' offense in the eighth inning. Norichika Aoki started the rally with a two-out single. And after advancing to third on a steal and a throwing error, Aoki tied the game on a Gomez single in the next at-bat. Gomez then proceeded to steal second, which allowed him to score easily on Ryan Braun's double to left-center field.

Braun's double ended an 0-for-18 streak, his worst of the season, and gave Jim Henderson a chance to record the second save of his career and hand the Reds their first sweep since June.

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MIL Full Game Coverage WAUKEE -- On Wednesday at Miller Park, Carlos Gomez displayed both the characteristics that sometimes hold him back and the abilities that make him one of the Brewers' most exciting young players.

Fortunately for Milwaukee, the good outweighed the bad, as the Brewers beat the Reds, 3-2, thanks to Gomez's go-ahead run in the bottom of the eighth.

After Milwaukee recorded just two hits in five-plus innings against Reds starter Mat Latos, Gomez put the Brewers on the board in the bottom of the sixth with a solo shot to deep center field. Gomez saw six pitches in the at-bat after swinging at the first offering in each of his first two plate appearances -- a groundout and a fielder's choice. That impatience sometimes leaves manager Ron Roenicke frustrated, but on Wednesday, Gomez more than made up for his early miscues.

The long ball cut the Reds' lead to 2-1, an advantage they gained on Dioner Navarro's homer off Milwaukee starter Randy Wolf in the top of the third. The home run pitch was one of the few mistakes Wolf made in his six innings of work. The left-hander gave up six hits and walked two batters, but he also struck out seven and escaped a bases-loaded, one-out situation in the sixth without surrendering a run.

Wolf's strong performance opened the door for the Brewers' offense in the eighth inning. Norichika Aoki started the rally with a two-out single. And after advancing to third on a steal and a throwing error, Aoki tied the game on a Gomez single in the next at-bat. Gomez then proceeded to steal second, which allowed him to score easily on Ryan Braun's double to left-center field.

Braun's double ended an 0-for-18 streak, his worst of the season, and gave Jim Henderson a chance to record the second save of his career and hand the Reds their first sweep since June.

 

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