CINCINNATI (AP) -- This is getting spooky.
The Cincinnati Reds extended their best surge of the season with
yet another game-ending homer Friday night. This time, Jose Guillen
hit a two-run shot in the 10th for a 7-6 victory over the Milwaukee
Brewers, the Reds' fifth win in a row.
For the third time during the streak, the Reds formed a
semicircle at home plate and hopped together to celebrate a
"You can't expect a walk-off win every single night," said
Austin Kearns, who had a three-run homer and a key double. "It's
been kind of crazy.
"After Jose touched home and we all bounced, I turned and
looked at (Aaron) Boone and (Sean) Casey and we all shook our heads
like, 'This is unbelievable.'"
It gets more unbelievable by the comeback at Great American Ball
Park, where 26,320 watched the home team manage only three hits
through the first eight innings, then pull off another odds-defying
Guillen's drive to center off Luis Vizcaino (0-2) gave the Reds
their 10th victory in their last at-bat this season, their third
game-ending homer in a week and their sixth such victory at their
"There's a special feeling in the air," Casey said. "It's
just phenomenal. Words can't describe it."
The Reds managed only three hits through the first eight innings
and fell behind 5-3. They overcame deficits in the ninth and 10th
to move to .500 (18-18) for the first time this season.
Mike DeJean, who had converted his last seven save chances,
failed to hold a 5-3 lead in the ninth, which opened with singles
by Guillen and Casey.
Kearns doubled home one run, but pinch-runner Wily Mo Pena was
thrown out at home on the play. First baseman Richie Sexson then
misplayed Aaron Boone's grounder for his second error of the game,
letting in the tying run.
"Every pitch I missed with, they hit," DeJean said. "They
were not very good pitches."
Keith Ginter had a pinch-hit RBI double off Brian Reith (1-0) to
put the Brewers ahead in the 10th, but Guillen threw out a runner
at the plate from right field to keep it a one-run game.
Vizcaino walked Barry Larkin to start the Reds' 10th, then threw
two balls to Guillen, who knew exactly what was coming next.
"After the first two balls, I said, 'Wow, I'm going to get a
good pitch to hit,'" Guillen said. "I got a fastball right down
Afterward, reliever Kent Mercker walked through the Reds
clubhouse with an incredulous look on his face, saying, 'Wow. Wow.
Kearns also had a three-run homer in the first, but that was all
the Reds could manage in seven innings off Matt Kinney, who gave up
three hits and matched his career high with seven strikeouts.
Geoff Jenkins and John Vander Wal hit two-run homers as the
Brewers pulled ahead. Jenkins had three hits and drove in three
runs in a breakout game -- he hadn't hit a homer since April 18 or
knocked in a run in 13 games.
Jenkins singled and Vander Wal hit his fifth homer in the second
inning off Chris Reitsma, a high drive that smacked off the back
wall of the Brewers' bullpen in right.
Sexson singled in the fourth and Jenkins followed with a homer
to right, his fifth overall. Jenkins is 4-for-7 career against
Reitsma with three homers.
Jenkins' RBI single off Gabe White made it 5-3 in the fifth.
Kearns' first-inning homer followed Sexson's first error and
added to the Reds' growing reputation for going deep or going back
to the bench. They lead the NL with 56 homers and have struck out a
league-high 312 times.
The Brewers were 6-13 against Cincinnati last season. ...
2B Eric Young was back in the Brewers' lineup Friday after missing
three starts with a sore hip. Young went 2-for-4 with a walk and
two steals. ... OF Scott Podsednik left the Brewers on Wednesday to
attend his grandfather's funeral, and rejoined the team Friday. He
pinch-hit and was hit by a pitch. ... RHP Jimmy Haynes is expected
to make at least one more start for Triple-A Louisville next week
before the Reds activate him. Haynes, on the disabled list with a
sore back, threw four innings at Louisville on Thursday night and
quickly tired. ... Boone's throwing error was the Reds' 44th of the
season, the most in the majors.