Harang tosses five-hitter as Reds shut down Brewers

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Coming off an embarrassing loss with a starting pitcher headed to the disabled list, Cincinnati Reds manager Jerry Narron asked Aaron Harang if he could pitch on what was supposed to be a rest day.

"He was ready to go," Narron said. "He said, 'I have no problem pitching on three days' rest.'"

Apparently not.

Harang threw a five-hit shutout to give the Reds an 11-0 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday.

But if Harang -- who was pressed into service after scheduled starter Eric Milton injured his knee -- was excited about his second career complete-game shutout, he didn't show it afterward.

"I get excited," Harang said in a casual monotone. "I just don't show a lot of emotion. But I'm happy to get a win, especially against those guys. Tough game yesterday."

After the Brewers hit five home runs in a single inning off Reds pitching in an 11-0 victory Saturday, it was the Brewers pitchers' turn to be embarrassed on Sunday.

Milwaukee starter Doug Davis tied a franchise record with nine walks.

"When you're not even around the zone and they don't have to swing, there's no reason to take the bat off their shoulders," Davis said.

For all his wildness, Davis gave up only three runs, thanks in large part to good defensive plays by Bill Hall and Brady Clark.

"He's really struggling to command the baseball right now," Brewers manager Ned Yost said. "He's struggling to command his fastball and his breaking ball. It's just a little mechanical issue that we'll continue to work on. But he got a little better as the game went on."

Things got worse for Milwaukee after Davis was relieved, as Justin Lehr gave up five runs in the sixth inning and Derrick Turnbow gave up a three-run homer to hot-hitting Brandon Phillips in the ninth.

In all, 12 Reds drew walks, but Phillips wasn't one of them. When you're swinging the bat this well, he reasoned, why keep it on your shoulder?

"I'll take a three-run homer over a walk," Phillips said.

Phillips was 3-for-6 with four RBI on Sunday, bringing him to 17 RBI in his past seven games.

Player of the week? Narron thinks so.

"Brandon Phillips has had an outstanding week," Narron said. "I don't know how many guys are going to have 17 RBI in a week."

Harang (3-1) walked two and struck out four to earn his first shutout since 2004. The Brewers fell below .500 after starting the season with five straight victories.

"He's always been good against us," Yost said. "Every time he pitches against us, he pitches tough."

Davis (0-2) threw 113 pitches in five innings -- including only 61 for strikes -- in the loss. He gave up three runs and three hits.

The Reds broke the game open in the sixth against Lehr, who loaded the bases, then hit Austin Kearns with a pitch to force in a run. Lehr gave up a three-run double to Edwin Encarnacion and another RBI double to Phillips, giving the Reds a 8-0 lead.

Philips' homer off Turnbow made the score 11-0.

Davis threw 30 pitches in the third inning alone, walking four straight batters to force in a run and give the Reds a 2-0 lead. But Hall prevented the Reds from having a bigger inning.

Hall, starting at shortstop for the third time this season, snared a sharp line drive from Encarnacion and nearly doubled up Adam Dunn at second base. Hall then went deep in the hole to grab a grounder and throw out Phillips at first to end the inning.

Another good defensive play -- a shoestring catch by Clark on a line drive by Rich Aurilia with runners on second and third -- ended the fourth inning.

Davis almost got out of a jam in the fifth, but a throwing error by Rickie Weeks on a potential double-play ball allowed Kearns to score and give the Reds a 3-0 lead.

Kearns had an RBI single in the first but was thrown out at second base to end the inning.

Game notes
Milton is scheduled to have arthroscopic knee surgery Monday morning and will be placed on the 15-day disabled list,
retroactive to April 19. Right-hander Elizardo Ramirez is expected to be recalled from Triple-A Louisville to start Monday night's game against Washington. ... Davis' previous high for walks was seven. ... He matched the franchise mark set by Jaime Cocanower and Everett Stull. ... The Brewers will honor former Milwaukee Braves player Andy Pafko before Monday night's game against Atlanta.