Cincinnati won its 10th consecutive game away from home Saturday
night, beating the Milwaukee Brewers 4-1 behind Ryan Freel's
two-run triple with two outs in the seventh inning.The Reds, winners of five straight overall, have their longest
road winning streak since they won 10 in a row away from home June
25 to July 15, 1998. No major league team had won 10 consecutive
road games since the Seattle Mariners won 13 straight in 2003."Considering how well we were playing in the beginning, I think
it's been an unbelievable comeback," Freel said. "It's the same
team we've had all year. We just weren't able to put it together.
Right now, we're playing as a team and we're doing everything
fundamentally sound."Ramon Ortiz (7-8) and three relievers combined on a two-hitter
for the Reds. Geoff Jenkins singled and Bill Hall doubled off Ortiz
to start the fifth for Milwaukee's only hits. Jenkins scored on
Chris Magruder's groundout.Matt Belisle, Jason Standridge and David Weathers each worked a
perfect inning in relief. Weathers earned his ninth save in 11
chances."We just have to have better games than this," Brewers first
baseman Lyle Overbay said. "This is horrible. No disrespect to
them, but you need more than two hits."Milwaukee is batting .157 during its five-game losing streak.
The Brewers were at .500 and in wild-card contention less than a
week ago."I don't know if we're pressing," manager Ned Yost said.
"We're just not producing. We just have run into a little
offensive funk."Freel, too, was in a funk at the plate, going 2-for-23 entering
play Saturday. He was held out of the starting lineup Friday night
with a strained right quadriceps, but had two hits Saturday,
including the key triple in a three-run seventh.Jose Valentin started the rally with a one-out single. Rich
Aurilia walked and Jacob Cruz -- pinch-hitting for Ortiz, who had
thrown just 80 pitches to that point -- singled to load the bases.
Felipe Lopez hit a sacrifice fly to tie the score at 1, and Freel
followed with a triple into the right-field corner off reliever
Dana Eveland."I am just trying not to think out there," Freel said. "I am
just going up there and swinging the bat. It's crazy how your mind
can really take over your performance, and that's what I was
doing."The Reds added a run in the eighth on an RBI double by
pinch-hitter Edwin Encarnacion.Cincinnati is 27-19 since Dave Miley was fired on June 21 and
Jerry Narron was named interim manager. The Reds are 19-9 since the
All-Star break. The road streak, however, is most impressive of
all."It's very difficult to win on the road," Narron said. "To
win 10 is outstanding. Our guys are playing well."Ortiz went six innings, striking out three."I felt really good tonight, good fastball, good slider, good
changeup," he said. "All the pitches worked. My location was
good, too."Brewers starter Tomo Ohka (7-7) gave up nine hits in 6 1-3
innings. He threw 85 pitches before giving way to Eveland with the
bases loaded and one out in the seventh.
The Brewers called up outfield prospect Corey Hart from
Triple-A Nashville after the game and demoted utilityman Trent
Durrington. Hart will help fill in for injured Brady Clark (bruised
ribcage), who might remain out until a series against Houston next
weekend. ... Reds pitchers have had seven straight quality starts
for the first time since 2002. ... Milwaukee has totaled 10 runs in
its five straight losses. ... The crowd of 41,282 on Overbay
bobblehead night was Milwaukee's sixth sellout this season.