Reds 9, Brewers 5

Brewers left-hander Chris Narveson had the shortest start of his

career on Monday night after going home sick the day before.

Narveson allowed six runs in the third inning after Jay Bruce

homered and the Cincinnati Reds beat Milwaukee 9-5.

”I don’t like that to make that an excuse,” Narveson said. ”I

drank a lot of fluid and took some drugs, but it didn’t work too


Already trailing 1-0, Narveson (1-1) didn’t make it out of the

third as the Reds sent 11 batters to the plate, his shortest outing

in 38 career starts.

”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,”

Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. ”Whatever it is – cold, flu

symptoms, that kind of stuff – he wasn’t in question whether he was

going to pitch or not.”

Ryan Braun hit a two-run homer in the ninth and extended his

hitting streak to 10 games after being chosen NL player of the week

earlier Monday and signing a $105 million extension on


Braun has 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.

But that was about the only highlight for the Brewers, who may

lose third baseman Casey McGehee after he ran into Joey Votto for

the final out of the game and sprained his left thumb. He’ll be

re-evaluated on Tuesday.

”I don’t really know how it worked out where we ended up

running into each other,” McGehee said. ”I just got my thumb

caught on him and pulled back pretty good, but I think we’ll be all


Milwaukee has dropped all four games to Cincinnati this year and

19 of the last 22.

”We haven’t scored as many runs as they have,” he said. ”It’s

as simple as that.”

Cincinnati manager Dusty Baker shook up the lineup, putting

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

and moving Bruce 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.

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


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


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.

”You are not always going to be 100 percent, so you have got to

be able to go out and compete,” Narveson said. ”I wasn’t able to

do that today.”

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. …

Brewers manager Ron 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.