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Wednesday, May 9th
(All times Eastern)
Cincinnati Reds (15-14) at Milwaukee Brewers (13-17), 1:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Cincinnati - Johnny Cueto (4-0, 1.31)
Milwaukee - Zack Greinke (3-1, 4.11)
(Sports Network) - Two starters with seven wins in eight decisions get
together this afternoon, when the Cincinnati Reds visit Miller Park for the
finale of a three-game series with the Milwaukee Brewers.
The Reds send Dominican righty Johnny Cueto to the mound on a three-start win
streak and with six consecutive unbeaten appearances.
His most recent outing was May 4 at Pittsburgh, when he went the full nine-
inning route and allowed a single run on seven hits in a 6-1 defeat of the
In his last three starts - all wins - he's thrown 22 1/3 innings, allowed 17
hits and just two earned runs with three walks and 14 strikeouts.
Cueto has made nine career starts against Milwaukee and split four decisions
with a 4.25 earned run average across 53 innings.
Starting for the Brewers will be Florida-born righty Zack Greinke, who split
his initial two decisions on April 7 and 12 and has subsequently gone 2-0 in
four outings - all of which were won by Milwaukee.
His last win came April 29 at St. Louis, a 3-2 triumph in which he surrendered
a run on seven hits in six innings.
Milwaukee is 5-1 in his six starts and have outscored foes, 24-21.
Greinke hasn't lost in four career starts against Cincinnati, winning three
decisions with a 2.57 earned run average while walking eight batters, striking
out 38 and allowing 10 runs in 28 innings.
On Tuesday, Aramis Ramirez hit a three-run triple, Jonathan Lucroy hit a two-
run single and the Brewers handled the Reds, 8-3.
Yovani Gallardo (2-3) earned the win, allowing two runs on four hits over six
innings. He walked two, struck out eight and added an RBI single.
Cesar Izturis hit a solo homer for Milwaukee, which halted a three-game skid.
"They capitalized all day," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "They got clutch
hits all night long."
Homer Bailey (1-3) lasted just 3 2/3 innings and gave up six runs on six hits
in the loss. Jay Bruce hit a two-run homer for the Reds, who had won two
Scott Rolen added an RBI double for Cincinnati. It was the 506th two-bagger of
his career, which ties him with Babe Ruth for 48th on the all-time list.
The Reds and Brewers split 16 meetings a season ago, with Milwaukee winning
the final four encounters.
05/09 10:27:48 ET