Helms hits grand slam in Cincy

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Wes Helms' swing is starting to come around
after knee surgery two months ago.

Helms hit a grand slam and Brady Clark had four hits against his
former team, leading the Brewers over the Cincinnati Reds 7-2.

"My timing was off," said Helms, who didn't play in
Milwaukee's last four games. "That's why I work so hard before the
game with (hitting coach) Butch (Wynegar). We're wearing him out.
All the hard work is paying off, especially in my situation. I'm
pulling the ball with authority now and not getting sawed off on
inside pitches."

Doug Davis (11-10) tied his career high for wins with his first
victory in seven starts since July 30. He allowed six hits and two
runs with no walks in six innings. He was 0-1 with a 2.81 ERA and
five no-decisions since his last win. Davis also had 11 wins for
Texas in 2001.

"It was frustrating, but I didn't feel any pressure," Davis
said. "I thought I was pitching well, and the team was playing
well behind me. We just weren't scoring any runs."

Wily Mo Pena homered for the Reds, who have lost four straight
and nine of 10.

The score was 2-all when Bill Hall drew a leadoff walk from Gabe
White (1-2) in the fifth. Hall stole second and scored on Clark's
double to left.

"I like Brady hitting behind our big hitters," Milwaukee
manager Ned Yost said. "If the big hitters get on, I know he's
going to put his bat on the ball."

Clark went 4-for-4 with two doubles, two singles and a walk to
match his career high for hits and help the Brewers come back from
a 2-0 deficit. Helms, who suffered a displaced meniscus in his
right knee on May 19 in Puerto Rico and had arthroscopic surgery on
May 24, broke the game open with his fourth homer of the season and
third career slam in the seventh inning off Juan Padilla.

The Brewers scored all of their runs with two outs.

"That was probably the key to the ballgame," Reds manager Dave
Miley said.

Mike Adams worked a scoreless seventh for Milwaukee before
Brooks Kieschnick finished with two shutout innings.

Cincinnati starter Brandon Claussen set a career high with eight
strikeouts despite lasting just four innings. He allowed six hits
and two runs with two walks on 95 pitches.

"I only threw 10 pitches in the first inning," Claussen said.
"I thought, after the first two innings, I was going to be able to
go deep into the ballgame, but it was a situation where I was just
missing and ran deep into counts and they fouled off a lot of tough
pitches, and that ran my pitch count up."

The Reds are being careful with Claussen, who had elbow surgery
in 2002.

"Every time he goes out there, I think he learns stuff," Miley
said. "We've talked about it before. We're not going to send them
out there and take chances. He's got to learn how to minimize his

Pena, in his first at-bat since Aug. 31, gave the Reds a 1-0
lead in the second inning with his 23rd homer of the season. Pena
hadn't played since bruising his left chest crashing into the
outfield wall while making a catch.

Felipe Lopez made it 2-0 when he led off the third with his
first triple of the season and scored on Sean Casey's fielder's
choice grounder.

Milwaukee tied it at 2 in the fourth when Clark scored from
third on Jason LaRue's passed ball with the bases loaded and Scott
Podsednik drove in Helms with a single.

Game notes
Podsednik set a Brewers record with his major
league-leading 55th stolen base in the eighth. He had been tied
with Pat Listach, who set the mark in 1992. The franchise high is
73, set by Tommy Harper with the Seattle Pilots in 1969. ... Davis'
strikeout of Juan Castro in the third gave him 141 for the season,
a Milwaukee club record for left-handers. He went into the game
tied with Glendon Rusch, who set the mark in 2002. ... Milwaukee's
Lyle Overbay broke a tie with San Diego's Mark Loretta for the NL
lead in doubles with his 45th. ... Clark set a career high with his
14th stolen base.