The Reds, 13-7 all-time at Miller Park, come in after being swept in a four-game series at Houston, capped by Thursday’s 11-2 loss.
They were outscored 36-8 during the sweep and are now suffering through their longest losing streak since dropping eight in a row last June. The Reds haven’t lost more than eight straight since losing 11 in 1998.
Ken Griffey Jr. homered for the third straight game for the Reds.
Cincinnati has scored more than two runs just twice during the skid, while its starting pitchers have given up a total of 14 runs in the first inning of the last two games alone. Danny Graves gave up six Wednesday.
The Brewers split their four-game series with visiting Pittsburgh with Thursday’s 5-4 loss, but have dropped eight of their last 12 overall.
Keith Ginter hit two solo home runs for the Brewers. It was the first multihomer game of his career.
“It feels good but the goal is for the team to win,” Ginter said.
STANDINGS: Reds - 5th place, 7 1/2 GB, NL Central. Brewers - 6th place, 10 1/2 GB, NL Central.
REDS PROBABLE STARTER: Ryan Dempster (2-6, 6.95 ERA). The Canadian right-hander is 0-2 in his last five starts, getting tagged for 16 hits and 13 runs in eight innings over his last two. In a 7-1 loss at Houston on Monday, Dempster allowed six runs and seven hits over four innings. He is 3-1 with a 3.20 ERA in seven career games, including six starts, against Milwaukee. However, he is 0-1 with a 4.91 ERA in two starts against the Brewers this season.
BREWERS PROBABLE STARTER: Ben Sheets (7-6, 4.08 ERA). Sheets picked up a 3-1 home win over Colorado on Sunday, ending a five-start winless stretch in which he was 0-2 with a 3.82 ERA. The right-hander allowed one run and four hits over seven innings. It was his first victory since June 5 against the New York Mets. Sheets is 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA in one start against Cincinnati this season. In seven career starts against the Reds, he is 3-1 with a 2.31 ERA.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Reds - Sean Casey, .295 avg.; Adam Dunn, 25 HRs and 56 runs; Austin Kearns, 58 RBIs; Aaron Boone, 12 SBs. Brewers - Scott Podsednik, .323 avg.; Richie Sexson, 25 HRs and 60 runs; Sexson and Geoff Jenkins, 68 RBIs; Podsednik and Eric Young, 19 SBs.
SEASON SERIES: Tied, 3-3.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Reds - The Reds have the NL’s worst ERA at 5.55. … Cincinnati has committed a major league-leading 86 errors this season. … LHP Kent Mercker was reinstated from the 15-day disabled list Thursday. He had been sidelined since June 28 with a sprained lower right back. Brewers - CF Podsednik has reached base in 40 consecutive games, the longest streak in the majors this year. … 3B Ginter came in 2-for-15 over his last nine games without an RBI. … 1B Sexson has three homers and 12 RBIs during his 10-game hitting streak.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Reds - 19-28 on the road; Brewers - 18-31 at home.
INJURIES: Reds - OF Wily Mo Pena (hamstring), 15-day DL; LHP Gabe White (groin), 15-day DL; RHP Luke Prokopec (elbow), 60-day DL. Brewers - RHP Jayson Durocher (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Nick Neugebauer (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Ruben Quevedo (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Todd Ritchie (shoulder), 15-day DL.