Reds 9, Brewers 5

Dusty Baker shook up his lineup looking for answers with Scott

Rolen on the disabled list. Brandon Phillips took advantage of

being back in a familiar spot.

Phillips went 3 for 4 and drove in three runs hitting fourth,

Jay Bruce added a two-run homer and the Cincinnati Reds used a

six-run third inning to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 9-5 on Monday

night.

”I came through, and I’m glad I did because we really needed

those runs,” said Phillips, who has batted cleanup 343 times in

his career. ”The changes to the lineup really woke us up a

bit.”

Baker said he’ll continue shuffling the lineup to look for the

right combinations.

”That’s what we’re going to have to do, especially until we get

Scotty back,” Baker said of his third baseman. ”I’m just glad we

got Brandon hot.”

Already ahead 1-0, the Reds sent 11 batters to the plate in the

third, holding Chris Narveson (1-1) to his shortest outing in 38

career starts.

Cincinnati had eight hits in the inning one night after managing

just four in a shutout loss to St. Louis. Bruce homered and

Phillips, Jonny Gomes, Ryan Hanigan and even Bronson Arroyo (3-2)

drove in a run each to give Cincinnati a 7-0 lead.

Arroyo pitched effectively into the seventh to snap his two-game

losing skid.

”It’s always fun to get that many runs early. It makes it that

much easier for you to pitch it (with) less effort,” Arroyo said.

”I went out there in some of the middle innings and was just

cutting a bunch of balls at 80 miles an hour just to preserve

energy.”

Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun continued his torrid stretch with a

two-run homer in the ninth.

Phillips was in the fourth spot for the first time this season

and Bruce moved up to second. Everything worked for the Reds, who

had been hitting .229 in a 3-8 stretch coming into the series

against the Brewers.

”We’re coming together, it’s about that time,” Phillips said.

”Good teams are going to go through things like that.”

Even with the slump, the Reds lead the National League in runs

(123), home runs (28) and RBIs (119) and powered past the Brewers

for the fourth straight time this season after a season-opening

sweep.

Narveson had thrown 13 scoreless innings in his two home starts

at Miller Park, but he brought his road struggles back to Milwaukee

by lasting just 2 1-3 innings. In his last three appearances, he’s

0-3 with an 8.35 ERA.

”He didn’t have it,” Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said.

”Everything was elevated. I don’t want to make excuses, but he was

sick yesterday. He was better today, definitely better today. But I

know he wasn’t 100 percent. Hopefully that is the reason he was up

in the zone, but he was up. Everything he threw was up.”

Milwaukee cut it to 7-1 in the fifth after Jonathan Lucroy

doubled and shortstop Paul Janish threw Erick Almonte’s grounder

into the Brewers dugout for an error.

Arroyo left with one out in the seventh and runners in scoring

position and reliever Logan Ondrusek allowed a sacrifice fly by

Carlos Gomez that made it 7-2. Lucroy drove in a run in the eighth

off Nick Massett to make it 7-3.

Phillips hit a two-run single with an out in the ninth and

Braun’s homer in the bottom of the inning was the final margin.

”Getting those two runs ended up being a big, big difference

because Braun hit that two-run homer and then it would’ve been a

two-run game,” Baker said. ”It shows you how important every run

you score is on the outcome.”

Joey Votto doubled in the third to reach base safely in all 23

games this season. Votto was robbed of another hit in the sixth

when Gomez, in center field, made a diving catch that included a

double somersault.

Braun extended his hitting streak to 10 games after being named

NL player of the week earlier Monday and signing a $105 million

extension on Thursday. He’s reached base safely in all 22 games to

start the season, one short of the franchise record to begin a year

set by Robin Yount in 1983.

NOTES: Reds RHP Johnny Cueto (right upper arm) is scheduled to

make his third rehab start for Triple-A Louisville on Tuesday.

Cueto is 0-2 with a 16.20 ERA in his first two appearances. …

Roenicke said All-Star RF Corey Hart (oblique) will return either

Tuesday or Wednesday, depending on a number of factors. Hart will

immediately return to starting in right. … Roenicke said he

hadn’t seen the Cooper’s hawk that attacked another bird and

captivated most of the crowd during the third inning of Sunday’s

4-1 win over the Astros. ”Hopefully it flew back out,” he

said.