The sign above the bleachers is long gone, but the left-field seats at County Stadium are still very much "Vaughn's Valley."
Greg Vaughn, a two-time All-Star while playing for Milwaukee from 1989-96, hit a three-run homer Sunday that helped Pete Harnisch win his career-best sixth consecutive decision as the Cincinnati Reds beat the Brewers 8-2.
"For a home run hitter, the ball doesn't really carry that well, but I'm comfortable here," said Vaughn, traded to San Diego late in the 1996 season after seven seasons in Milwaukee.
"It's always good to come back. It's mixed emotions because I have a lot friends. My wife's from here and we have family here. It's a situation where we just try to get into town and get out of town."
Vaughn connected off Hideo Nomo (9-5) during a four-run fifth inning to make it 7-2 and break the game open. He has three homers in six career at-bats against the right-hander.
"Greg has spots that you can pitch to, but we unfortunately didn't get to them as much as we should," Brewers manager Phil Garner said. "We made mistakes on him and he's a power hitter, so he can hit them out."
"If we go to the spot that we want to on a consistent basis, we can get him out. We missed our spots."
Harnisch (11-6), who has not lost in 10 starts since June 12, allowed two runs on seven hits in six innings.
"I got enough outs and kept them down long enough for us to score some runs," Harnisch said. "It was nothing great. I didn't feel I had great stuff, bu good enough."
Stan Belinda pitched three hitless innings for his first save.
Nomo allowed seven runs and eight hits in 4 1-3 innings in losing his third straight. He allowed three home runs and has given up nine in his last three games.
"Lately the ball tends to be too high and that's the reason for the home runs," Nomo said. "I don't intend to change anything in particular, but I'll try to keep the ball low."
The Reds led 3-2 when Dmitri Young singled with one out in the fifth. After a throwing error by second baseman Ron Belliard, Vaughn hit a 3-0 pitch into the left-field seats for his 27th homer. Eddie Taubensee hit the next pitch for his career-high 13th home run.
"So much has been made ... that I swing 3-0, but I probably have four or five home runs swinging 3-0," Vaughn said. "I'll probably continue to swing 3-0."
The Reds added a run in the sixth on a one-out triple by Mike Cameron and Young's sacrifice fly.
Rich Becker put Milwaukee in front 2-1 in the third with his fifth home run.
Milwaukee took a 1-0 lead in the first on Dave Nilsson's two-out, RBI bunt single.
Cincinnati answered in the second when Taubensee walked, moved to third on Aaron Boone's single and scored on Reese's sacrifice fly.
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