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Brewers rout Reds, 8-1

CINCINNATI -- The Milwaukee Brewers came to town on somewhat wobbly legs but exited with a bit of a swagger again. That's what a weekend of robust offense will do for a club that had been barely scraping by in that particular area. The Brewers co...

CINCINNATI -- The Milwaukee Brewers came to town on somewhat wobbly legs but exited with a bit of a swagger again.

That's what a weekend of robust offense will do for a club that had been barely scraping by in that particular area.

The Brewers completed their three-game revival Sunday with a resounding 8-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds, sweeping a series at Great American Ball Park for the first time since 2003, the year the joint opened.

The attack bordered on overkill the way Zack Greinke was pitching, but all that mattered afterward was the feeling of playing better baseball.

"I think this series was really big," said Greinke, who allowed only two hits and one run in seven innings while recording 10 strikeouts. "It really helped get us back on track and feeling good. We still felt good, but it's nice to get some wins, and we're playing better. It's good to hopefully finish strong going into the playoffs."

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The victory lowered the Brewers' magic number for clinching their first NL Central crown to four, pending St. Louis' night game in Philadelphia. The Brewers have nine games left, including a three-game series in Chicago that begins tonight.

After going eight consecutive games without scoring more than three runs, the Brewers tallied six, 10 and eight in the three games against the Reds. This one was over early, thanks to seven runs in the first two frames against lefty Matt Maloney, a last-minute substitution for ailing Dontrelle Willis.

Only four batters into the game, the Brewers had four runs, thanks to two-run homers by Carlos Gomez and Prince Fielder. Rickie Weeks also had his first big game since returning from an ankle injury, doubling in the first inning and singling in two runs in the second.

"Having Rickie back in the lineup helps a lot," Greinke said. "They've got to pitch to Prince a little bit now instead of just walking him every time. ... His presence in there obviously has been huge."

The Brewers didn't face any Cy Young candidates over the weekend, but the caliber of pitching hadn't always mattered in the past, as they showed in getting shut down by Colorado's Esmil Rogers and Kevin Millwood last week.

Brewers, Cincinnati
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C.Hart rf, 4, 2, 3, 1, BPhllps 2b, 4, 0, 0, 0

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CGomz cf, 5, 2, 2, 2, Votto 1b, 4, 0, 0, 0

Braun lf, 4, 2, 3, 0, Bruce rf, 4, 0, 0, 0

Morgan ph-lf, 1, 0, 0, 0, Alonso lf, 4, 0, 0, 0

Fielder 1b, 4, 2, 1, 2, JFrncs 3b, 2, 1, 1, 0

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McGeh 3b, 4, 0, 0, 0, LeCure p, 1, 0, 0, 0

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YBtncr ss, 4, 0, 0, 0, Burton p, 0, 0, 0, 0

JoWilsn ss, 0, 0, 0, 0, Frazier ph, 0, 0, 0, 0

Lucroy c, 4, 0, 0, 0, Ondrsk p, 0, 0, 0, 0

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TGreen ph, 1, 0, 0, 0, Masset p, 0, 0, 0, 0

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Totals, 39, 8, 12, 7, Totals, 29, 1, 2, 1

Brewers, 430, 001, 000--8
Cincinnati, 000, 010, 000--1

E--Y.Betancourt (20), Mesoraco (3). DP--Brewers 1. LOB--Brewers 5, Cincinnati 4. 2B--C.Hart (21), R.Weeks (26). HR--C.Hart (25), C.Gomez (7), Fielder (34). CS--Renteria (2).

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Brewers

Greinke W,15-6, 7, 2, 1, 1, 3, 10

Dillard, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1

Saito, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0

Cincinnati

Maloney L,0-3, 1.2, 9, 7, 6, 0, 0

LeCure, 2.1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0

Burton, 1, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0

Ondrusek, 1, 1, 1, 1, 0, 0

Chapman, 1, 1, 0, 0, 0, 1

Masset, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0

Cordero, 1, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0

WP--Greinke.

T--2:41. A--37,845 (42,319).

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