Brewers 8, Reds 3

It was just the sort of situation the Milwaukee Brewers had in

mind when they signed Aramis Ramirez – and one of those spots where

the slugger hadn’t been coming through for his new team.

Ramirez looked like his old self this time, smacking a three-run

triple in the fourth inning to help the Milwaukee Brewers shake off

their recent offensive struggles with an 8-3 victory over the

Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night.

”It felt good, because we won the game – and we needed this

game,” Ramirez said.

The Brewers scored all eight of their runs with two outs, a good

sign for manager Ron Roenicke.

But there was one potential bad sign for Roenicke and the

Brewers: Ryan Braun tweaked his nagging Achilles’ injury on a play

in the outfield, and Roenicke said it’s not clear if he would play

in Wednesday’s series finale.

”He was doing pretty good until that play, so we’ll see how he

is tomorrow,” Roenicke said.

Yovani Gallardo (2-3) gave up two runs in six innings and tied a

season high with eight strikeouts for the Brewers, who had lost

eight of their previous 11 games. Milwaukee was coming off a

miserable road trip that included significant knee injuries to

first baseman Mat Gamel and shortstop Alex Gonzalez.

”It was definitely a rough road trip with the injuries we

had,” Gallardo said. ”(It’s) one of those things that you want to

get this thing turned around as quickly as possible. And guys came

out today swinging the bat, swinging the bat awesome.”

Gallardo had an RBI single in the fifth, snapping an eight-game

scoreless streak by the Reds’ bullpen.

”You don’t know what game’s going to turn things around,”

Roenicke said. ”We know we’re going to turn it around and

hopefully this was the start.”

Scott Rolen’s double in the eighth was the 506th of his career,

tying Babe Ruth for 48th on the all-time list. Cincinnati’s Jay

Bruce hit a two-run homer off Gallardo in the sixth, his 10th this

season.

Reds starter Homer Bailey (1-3) gave up six runs and six hits in

3 2-3 innings. He walked three, struck out four and hit a

batter.

”They capitalized all day actually,” Reds manager Dusty Baker

said. ”All their runs scored with two outs. They had the bases

loaded twice and got a couple of hits. We had the bases loaded

once. We had some action, but they were getting the clutch hits all

night long.”

Cesar Izturis homered for the Brewers, his first home run since

July 10, 2010.

Braun on first base after a two-out single in the first, Bailey

hit Ramirez in the left arm with a 93-mph fastball. Ramirez briefly

was attended to by a trainer but remained in the game.

Bailey then walked Corey Hart to load the bases for Jonathan

Lucroy, who hit a single up the middle that scored Braun and

Ramirez for a 2-0 lead.

Nyjer Morgan made a sensational catch to rob Scott Rolen of a

potential home run in the second, leaping near the center-field

wall and coming down with the ball. Travis Ishikawa then had a big

catch of his own to end the inning, diving into the seats down the

first-base line to catch a foul popup.

”It picks up everybody,” Roenicke said of the big defensive

plays.

Milwaukee came up with another two-out rally in the second, when

Morgan singled, Rickie Weeks walked and Braun pounded a ground-rule

double to left, scoring Morgan for a 3-0 lead. Ramirez popped out

to end the inning.

Bailey loaded the bases with two out in his half of the fourth,

and Baker brought in reliever J.J. Hoover to face Ramirez.

The Brewers signed Ramirez as a free agent in the offseason,

hoping the former Cubs slugger could take Prince Fielder’s role in

the cleanup spot. But coming into Tuesday’s game, Ramirez was

hitting .215 – and he made a throwing error in the fourth

inning.

With the Miller Park crowd sitting in relative silence, a fan in

the second deck shouted ”Show us why you’re here!” at Ramirez –

and he did a few pitches later, smacking a bases-clearing triple to

right stretched Milwaukee’s lead to 6-0.

”Another huge hit, getting smoked in the arm and comes through

with that,” Roenicke said. ”Nice seeing him run to third. He’s

swinging the bat well. He is.”

NOTES: The Brewers announced contract extensions for general

manager Doug Melvin and manager Ron Roenicke. Melvin’s new deal

goes through 2015, while Roenicke is signed through 2014 with a

club option for 2015. … Miller Park’s retractable roof was open

to start the game, but had to be closed in the first inning with

the possibility of rain moving through the area. … RHP Zack

Greinke (3-1, 4.11 ERA) races RHP Johnny Cueto (4-0, 1.31) in the

series finale Wednesday.