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'Chill' zone: Shaw reaches out to Brewers fans

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CINCINNATI -- Travis Shaw asked fans to "chill" via Twitter on Sunday night. A day later, the Brewers gave them a reason to relax.

Milwaukee got home runs by Lorenzo Cain and Manny Pina, a clutch two-run double by Domingo Santana in the seventh, and an historic relief performance by Josh Hader in a 6-5 win over the Reds in the series opener at Great American Ball Park.

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CINCINNATI -- Travis Shaw asked fans to "chill" via Twitter on Sunday night. A day later, the Brewers gave them a reason to relax.

Milwaukee got home runs by Lorenzo Cain and Manny Pina, a clutch two-run double by Domingo Santana in the seventh, and an historic relief performance by Josh Hader in a 6-5 win over the Reds in the series opener at Great American Ball Park.

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Shaw channeled his inner Aaron Rodgers after the Brewers tied a franchise record by scoring two runs in a four-game series while being swept by the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

It was the fewest runs scored by the Brewers in a four-game series since 2010, and Shaw took to Twitter to let Brewers Nation know the sky wasn't falling.

Shaw tweeted: "I'm not gonna steal @AaronRodgers12 "relax" so I'll just go with "C…H…I…L…L"."

Tweet from @travis_shaw21: I���m not gonna steal @AaronRodgers12 ���relax��� so I���ll just go with.. ���C...H...I...L...L��� 😎

After the Packers started the 2014 season 1-2, Rodgers said this on his ESPN Milwaukee radio show: "Five letters here just for everybody out there in Packer-land: R-E-L-A-X. Relax. We're going to be OK."

The Packers won 11 of their next 13 games and reached the NFC championship game. Shaw said he expects the Brewers to bounce back in similar fashion, much like they did last season to remain in the National League Central race.

"We did that a few times last year," Shaw said. "We went on a [2-8] road trip [in July] and turned the page pretty well. We're a pretty young team for the most part. I don't think we'll have a problem coming out of that."

Video: MIL@CIN: Cain smokes a 2-run homer to left-center

The Brewers (17-13) had 14 hits in the four games at Wrigley, the fewest in franchise history in a four-game series. The previous low was 16, from Sept. 2-4, 1977, at Kansas City.

Despite their struggles in Chicago, the Brewers are 9-4 in their past 13 games.

"When you're having some struggles, just changing what your eyes are seeing, it helps," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said prior to Monday's game. "Change the venue. Guys are happy to be here. We don't like to lose. But the season will run its cycle."

Tweet from @travis_shaw21: Completely untouchable tonight.... @jhader17 was straight 🔥🔥🔥🔥 #chill #ThisIsMyCrew

The Brewers dropped eight games on a 10-game road trip from July 17-27 last season and recovered to make it a race in the NL Central.

"We just have to get more consistent at-bats up and down the lineup," Shaw said, "get more consistent production from certain people and I think we'll be fine."

Video: MIL@CIN: Pina opens the scoring with a solo home run

Knebel ready for next step
Right-hander Corey Knebel threw 25 pitches to batters on Monday afternoon and had no issues. He has been on the disabled list since April 6 with a left hamstring injury. The initial prognosis had him out for at least six weeks.

Knebel's outlook has improved considerably in recent weeks. Counsell said the next step for Knebel will be determined on Tuesday but he is likely to rejoin the Brewers on the next road trip, which begins May 10.

"The schedule will be laid out tomorrow, he just needs to keep progressing," Counsell said.

Knebel allowed three earned runs and a home run in 2 2/3 innings prior to the injury.

Jeff Wallner is a contributor to MLB.com based in Cincinnati.

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