MILWAUKEE (AP) — Mike Cameron hit a go-head two-run homer in a six-run fifth inning, waking up the Milwaukee Brewers' latent offense in a 9-5 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday.
Cincinnati was without offensive standout Joey Votto, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with stress-related issues believed to be linked to his ongoing struggles with an inner-ear infection — although club officials were hesitant to go into detail about the situation.
But pitching was the Reds' biggest problem Saturday, especially in a fifth inning that at times seemed like it might last all night.
With Milwaukee trailing 5-3 going into the fifth, Ryan Braun hit a one-out solo home run to cut Cincinnati's lead to one. Prince Fielder then singled, and Cameron hit a 1-1 pitch from Reds starter Aaron Harang deep to left-center field for his 10th home run of the season and a 6-5 Milwaukee lead.
It was the Brewers' third home run of the night off Harang (5-5), who also allowed a three-run homer by Fielder in the first. But it didn't stop there.
Corey Hart reached on an infield hit, then barely beat a throw home to score on a double by Bill Hall. Reds manager Dusty Baker then removed Harang in favor of Jared Burton.
Burton allowed a ground-rule double to Mike Rivera, scoring Hall to give the Brewers an 8-5 lead. Burton then got Brewers relief pitcher Seth McClung to swing at strike three, but a wild pitch got away from catcher Ryan Hanigan, allowing McClung to take first and Rivera to take third.
Rivera then scored on an RBI single by Craig Counsell, and the inning finally ended on back-to-back flyouts.
Harang, who had won three of his previous four starts, gave up 12 hits and was tagged for eight runs Saturday. Milwaukee had scored four runs or fewer in each of its previous 10 games, going 4-6 during that stretch.
McClung (2-1) pitched three scoreless innings to earn the win after Milwaukee starter Dave Bush turned in his shortest start of the season. Bush gave up five runs, seven hits and three walks in four innings.
Bush allowed three runs on a pair of home runs in the first, including a two-run shot by Jerry Hairston Jr. and a solo homer by Brandon Phillips, who made his first start in a week because of a right thumb injury.
Notes:@ Milwaukee tied a season high for runs in an inning. The Brewers also scored six runs in the seventh inning of a victory over the Chicago Cubs on May 9. ... With Votto on the disabled list, the Reds called up utility player Wilkin Castillo from Triple-A Louisville. ... CF Chris Dickerson took an extra-base hit away from Craig Counsell with a remarkable sliding catch at the warning track in the fourth.
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