Three solo homers power Reds to win


MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Cincinnati Reds got their power from some
unusual sources.

Tim Hummel, Ryan Freel and Wily Mo Pena hit solo homers to back
Seth Etherton's strong pitching as Cincinnati held off a
ninth-inning rally to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-4 Monday.

The trio had combined for just two home runs before breaking
through against Milwaukee.

"That's right," Cincinnati manager Dave Miley said. "Usually
the sources you don't get the power from are the guys who did it."

The Reds, who were swept in a four-game series at home last week
during Milwaukee's 10-game winning streak, won for the fifth
straight time this season at Miller Park.

The Brewers lost for only the second time in 14 games. They had
their streak snapped by the Chicago Cubs on Friday before winning
the final two games of the weekend series at Wrigley Field.

The Reds induced three double play grounders -- two by Brady
Clark and one by Royce Clayton -- in preserving their lead.

"Those were huge. They hit some balls hard, but they went right
at somebody," Etherton said.

Etherton (2-2) didn't allow hit until John Vander Wal singled
leading off the fifth. The Brewers loaded the bases with one out
and scored their lone run on a sacrifice fly by pinch-hitter Mark

Etherton allowed one run and three hits in six innings. He
struck out two and walked three.

"It was a battle all day," Etherton said. "It was good to get
those early runs. You get five runs behind me and it makes it

Chris Reitsma came on with the bases loaded and two outs in the
eighth and retired pinch-hitter Brooks Kieschnick on a grounder.

"We pitched out of some jams, really, from the sixth inning
on," Cincinnati manager Dave Miley said.

Brady Clark hit an RBI infield single with two outs in the ninth
and Scott Podsednik scored on a throwing error by second baseman
D'Angelo Jimenez.

Reitsma then got Richie Sexson to fly out to the warning track
in right field with a man on to end it for his sixth save.

"Reitsma got the big out with Sexson," Miley said. "We really
didn't want to see him come to the plate, but there he was."

Reitsma said he's still involved in "a learning process"
regarding the closer's role.

"Hopefully, they'll stick with me and won't lose any confidence
in me," he said. "At least we won. That's the bottom line."

Wayne Franklin (10-11) was lifted for Smith with the score 4-0.
Franklin gave up eight hits, walked one and struck out three in
four innings.

"Franklin wasn't exceptionally sharp today," Milwaukee manager
Ned Yost said. "He got a fastball and a slider up on the two home
runs. But we had the tying run up in the eighth and ninth, and all
we needed was a couple of timely hits."

Hummel gave the Reds a 1-0 lead in the second with his first
career home run. Hummel also collected his first hit in the big
leagues last week when he doubled against Franklin.

Freel hit the first pitch of the third for another solo homer,
his third of the season, to start a three-run inning. Doubles by
Juan Castro and Russell Branyan produced the third run and Hummel
added a run-scoring single to make it 4-0.

The two home runs allowed by Franklin increased his the major
league-leading total to 33.

"Home runs are part of the game," Franklin said. "When they
happen, you just have to move on and think of the next hitter."

After the Brewers closed to 4-1, Pena hit his first homer of the
season off reliever Dave Burba in the sixth to restore the four-run

Sexson hit an RBI single in the eighth for Milwaukee.

Game notes
1B Sean Casey left the game in the fifth inning with a sore
left groin. He is day to day. ... The Reds swept a three-game
series July 11-13 in their last visit to Milwaukee. ... Sexson is
the only Brewer to have played in all 137 games this season. In his
first two full seasons in Milwaukee, he played in 158 games (2001)
and 157 (2202). ... The Reds have used 53 players this season. The
major league record is 59 by the Indians and Padres, both last
season. Ten Reds have made their major league debuts this season,
not including C Dane Sardinha, whose contract was purchased from
Double-A Chattanooga on Monday. ... The Brewers announced that LHP
Luis Martinez (4-0, 0.99 ERA at Triple-A Indianapolis) will start
Wednesday against the Reds. RHP Ben Sheets, who was scheduled to
start Wednesday, will be held back until Friday against the Cubs.