Brewers 9, Reds 6

W: Braden Looper (8-4)
L:  Homer Bailey (1-1)

S: Trevor Hoffman (21)

HR: Prince Fielder (23), Joey Votto (12), Edwin Encarnacion (3)

MVP: Prince Fielder (.334)
LVP: Craig Counsell (-.192)

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Anyone concerned about Prince's swing after the Home Run Derby should be heartened by the three-run shot he hit in the third inning.

From there, though, it was the bottom of the order that took over offensively.

The bottom three, including Looper, were on base nine times. Looper himself was a career-high 3-3 with an RBI, making him just the fourth pitcher in Brewers' history to do so. Brad Woodall did it on June 16, 1998, Jim Lonborg on August 2, 1972, and Skip Lockwood on June 26, 1970.

The Brewers broke the game open in the sixth when Ryan Braun walked and stole a base to open the inning and the team brought 10 men to the plate. Mike Cameron had a double, followed by singles from Corey Hart, J.J. Hardy, Looper and Jason Kendall. By the end of the inning, the Brewers were up 8-2.

Looper lasted 5 1/3 and was followed by Mark DiFelice, who pitched 1 2/3 of clean, one hit ball.

Seth McClung came in for the eighth, walked the first two batters and promptly gave up a three-run homer to Edwin Encarnacion, making it a 9-6 ballgame.

The nine-run game is just another in the long list of great run-support games the Brewers have given Looper. In five different Looper starts, the Brewers have scored 10 or more runs. He leads the NL with the Best Run Support - prior to tonight, he was averaging 7.41 runs of support/game. Chris Capuano is incredibly jealous.

The Encarnacion home run did make it a save situation, so it was Trevor Time once again. He gave up one hit when Casey McGehee wasn't able to make a diving catch, but induced pop ups for the first two outs and struck out Laynce Nix to end the game after throwing just 11 pitches.

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