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Brewers 3, Reds 6: Nelson struggles

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Win: Lorenzen (4-8)
Loss: Nelson (11-11)
Save: Chapman (28)

HR: Braun (25), Phillips (11), Bruce (20)

Boxscore

After sweeping a double-header against the Reds on Saturday, the Brewers dropped the final game of the series on Sunday as starter Jimmy Nelson had some struggles early on.

The Reds scored their first run in the opening frame when Joey Votto singled with runners on the corners and two outs. A lineup kept Cincinnati from putting more runs up, though. In the third inning, Brandon Phillips hit a two run homer to put the Reds up 3-0. Then, in the fifth, it was Jay Bruce who hit a two run shot, making the lead 5-0.

Nelson gave up five runs on nine hits and two walks in five innings. He also struck out three. All in all, not anywhere close to his best day.

The Brewers did try to come back late with a two-run sixth inning thanks to an RBI groundout from Adam Lind and an RBI single from Shane Peterson. A Ryan Braun homer in the eighth made it 5-3, but the Reds got another run in the bottom half of the inning. Milwaukee couldn't get anyone on base in the ninth.

Braun was the only Brewer with two hits today, though Adam Lind also reached twice thanks to a single and a walk.

Up next for the Brewers is the Marlins, with an afternoon game set for Monday.