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Reds Pound Brewers, 9-2

Greg Vaughn's struggles carried into another night until he got a pitch he could handle.

Vaughn ended an 0-for-13 slide with a two-run homer as the Cincinnati Reds extended Milwaukee's losing streak to six games with a 9-2 victory Friday night.

"I was battling myself all night," Vaughn said. "I just kept swinging at breaking balls and finally got one to hit."

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  • Vaughn's home run off Steve Woodard (11-6) with two outs in the fifth. scored Dmitri Young and gave the Reds a 3-2 advantage.

    "That was the key hit, no question about it," Cincinnati manager Jack McKeon said. "It gave us the lead, that was the big thing, but there were a number of guys who had big nights. We like to come from behind. Give us an opening and we'll run through it."

    Vaughn was batting only .224 entering the game. His last hit, a single, came on July 30 at home against the Giants. His last homer was July 23 at San Francisco.

    "I don't pay any attention to it," McKeon said of Vaughn's low average. "He hits the key home run now and then. He plays hard and that's something that rubs off on the other guys."

    Ron Villone (6-4) allowed five hits and four walks while striking out one. The left-hander escaped jams in the first and third innings. He allowed only one hit in his final two innings before being relieved by Scott Sullivan.

    Sullivan retired all 12 batters he faced to earn his second save.

    "I don't know if it was his good pitching or us being in a rut," Milwaukee manager Phil Garner said. "It probably was a combination of both."

    Sullivan credited the Cincinnati offense for making his job easier so that the Reds could get their 35th road victory.

    "Our hitters really picked up the pace the last couple of innings and made it a relaxing situation to pitch in," Sullivan said.

    The Reds took a 1-0 lead in the first on a one-out walk to oung and an RBI double by Sean Casey, who was 7-for-41 (.171) in his previous 13 games. Casey later added a double, going 2-for-5 and raising his average to .353, second best in the National League.

    The Brewers scored twice in the third to lead 2-1. Mark Loretta walked and scored on a double by Jeff Cirillo. Alex Ochoa walked and Geoff Jenkins drove Cirillo in with a one-out single.

    But it wasn't enough as the Brewers fell nine games below .500.

    "We haven't played our best baseball," Jeff Cirillo said "When we don't play well, it can get ugly. Baseball is a streaky game. Sometimes you play well and other times you don't. We need to battle through it."

    The Reds made it 4-2 in the sixth, starting a two-out rally on a single by Pokey Reese. He stole second on the second of back-to-back pitchouts with Villone batting.

    With the count 2-0, Hal Morris pinch-hit for Villone and walked before Mike Cameron singled to score Reese and chase Woodard.

    Eddie Taubensee, who doubled in the fourth, hit his 12th homer of the season to make it 5-2 in the seventh. Aaron Boone then followed with his sixth homer. The back-to-back shots were against Eric Plunk.

    Taubensee was 3-for-5 with two RBIs.

    The Reds added three runs in the ninth on RBI singles by Barry Larkin and Taubensee and a wild pitch.


  • The Reds bullpen leads the majors with 27 victories.
  • The Reds are 14-5 since the All-Star break. The Brewers are 7-14.
  • Milwaukee is 1-6 on its current 12-game homestand.
  • The Brewers will honor Robin Yount prior to Saturday's game. Yount was one of the inductees last month into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
  • Cincinnati is 13-8 against Milwaukee since the Brewers joined the National League in 1998.
  • Villone and Vaughn are both former Brewers players.
  • Taubensee also hit 12 homers in 1996.
  • The Reds hit back-to-back home runs for the fourth time this season, the three previous by Casey and Vaughn.

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