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Reds 6, Brewers 5

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W: Micah Owings (2-3)
L: Braden Looper (2-2)
S: Francisco Cordero (8)

HR: Jay Bruce (8), Willy Taveras (1)

MVP: Prince Fielder (+.346)
LVP: Braden Looper (-.397)

There's nothing quite as demoralizing as a long, slow loss. The Brewers fell behind early, as Braden Looper allowed home runs to Jay Bruce and Willy Taveras (!) to make the score 3-0 in the third. They briefly tied the game on a Fielder bases loaded double in the top of the fourth, but the Reds scored again in the bottom half and kept the Brewers just out of reach the rest of the way.

Braden Looper had his worst outing as a Brewer, allowing five runs on eight hits and two walks in 3.1 innings. All told, the bullpen (McClung, DiFelice, Stetter, Julio) combined to allow just one run over 4.2 innings to keep the Brewers in the game, but the Brewer bats weren't able to come up with enough to get back into the game.

Fielder, whose two-run double got the Brewers back into the game in the fourth, went 3-for-3 with a walk.