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Brewers overpower reeling Reds

CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Brewers are feeling the power.

Ryan Thompson homered twice Sunday, and Lenny Harris hit a
two-run shot to give Milwaukee a 4-2 victory and a series sweep of
the Cincinnati Reds.

The Brewers hit 10 homers in the three-game series.

"Harris and Thompson are hot, hot, hot," said Milwaukee
manager Jerry Royster.

"It's just nice, normal baseball. We're doing to them what
other teams have been doing to us all year. We're winning games
with our offense, and our pitching is keeping them down. Our extra
guys are picking us up right now."

All three homers Sunday were off Elmer Dessens (7-7), who
allowed five hits and struck out six with no walks in seven
innings.

On Saturday, Reds starter Chris Reitsma gave up five homers, and
after losing three straight to the last-place Brewers, Cincinnati
manager Bob Boone was left with no explanation.

"It has nothing to do with the Brewers," Boone said. "You've
got to swing the bat. If you look at our August stats, we're just
not hitting the ball."

The Reds stumbled badly in August, and now into September.
Cincinnati was 11-18 in August, its worst record for any August
since going 9-20 in 1987.

Batters hit .235, their low for any month this season, and
pitchers had a combined 5.53 ERA, their high for the year.
Relievers got just two saves.

"I just want to put a good ballgame together," Boone said.
"That's what I'm trying to do now."

Nick Neugebauer, activated from the 15-day disabled list before
the game, made his first start for Milwaukee since May 8. He
allowed two runs on four hits, four walks and two strikeouts in
four innings.

Jose Cabrera (6-10) pitched two perfect innings for the win,
striking out two. Mike DeJean worked the ninth for his 22nd save in
25 chances.

The Reds hurt themselves on the basepaths.

Russell Branyan singled to lead off the second, moved up when
Jason LaRue walked, and scored when Thompson bobbled Dessens'
single to right field. But Thompson threw out LaRue, trying to
advance to third, to end the inning.

Thompson then continued his peppering of the new Great American
Ball Park just beyond the left field wall of Cinergy Field. He led
off the third with a shot that traveled an estimated 439 feet.

He hit one an estimated 447 feet against the new ballpark on
Saturday night.

"This is the most at-bats I've had since like 1995," Thompson
said. "I always knew if I got the opportunity I could produce. And
that's the name of the game, production. If you don't produce, you
don't play."

LaRue singled in Branyan in the fourth to give the Reds a 2-1
lead but was thrown out at third for a second time.

With LaRue on second and Juan Castro, who had walked, on first,
LaRue took off when Dessens squared to bunt. Dessens missed, and
LaRue was caught advancing.

The Brewers went ahead for good when Ronnie Belliard singled
with two out in the sixth, and Harris hit his third homer.

Thompson hit his eighth homer in the seventh inning -- an
estimated 415-footer -- to make it 4-2.

"The ball is jumping off his bat," Harris said. "I haven't
seen balls hit like that here since Eric Davis.

"All year, it's been the wrong guys who have been hitting home
runs against us; now it's the right guys. We're winning, and that's
a start."

Game notes
The Brewers have five sweeps this season, three on the
road. ... The Reds activated RHP Jose Silva from the 15-day DL.
Silva was out since June 28 because of tendinitis in his right
rotator cuff. ... The Brewers also recalled INF Bill Hall from
Triple-A Indianapolis, and purchased the contract of RHP Ben
Diggins from Double-A Huntsville. ... Ken Griffey Jr. was held out
of the starting lineup for the third consecutive game after
slightly aggravating his right hamstring Thursday. He pinch-hit
in the seventh and grounded out. ... Brewers CF Alex Sanchez broke
his left ankle sliding into second base in the eighth inning and
will miss the rest of the season. He was sent back to Milwaukee for
surgery.