The winning ways are back.

The Milwaukee Brewers put together their first winning streak in over 10 days and got a big win against division rival Cincinnati Reds 5-4.

What could have been an easy win turned into a grind. Brewers’ starter Chris Narveson looked really crisp right from the start, leaving some hope for a second straight quality start for the Crew. He mostly labored after the first inning though, having to fight his way out of a few jams or surrendering the couple runs he gave up. His final line went 6 innings, allowing 7 hits and just 2 runs. It will be Narveson’s last start before the All-Star break.

A few errors piled up early, but luckily it wasn’t enough to cause any harm. Milwaukee took the initial lead, but Cincinnati took it back by piecing together a few strings of hits. The Reds led 2-1 when Rickie Weeks busted the game wide open with a 3-run homer in the 5th. It was a great contribution from a guy who looked miserable on defense. Weeks still has problems making good throws to home plate, and the Reds scored one of their early runs on a poor throw to the plate from Weeks.

Takashi Saito, LaTroy Hawkins and John Axford all chipped in an inning of relief. Hawkins gave up a run, ballooning his ERA all the way above 1.00 for the season. He has been lights-out all year, but happened to slip up against the heart of the Reds’ potent offense. Axford allowed a solo home run to bring the game within 1 run, but still collected his 23rd save.

The Brewers continue the series tomorrow with Zack Greinke taking the mound.

 

 

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