The Reds have won six of nine meetings from the Brewers this season, including each of the last four.
However, Cincinnati had no answers for NL Central-leading Houston this weekend, suffering a four-game sweep, which extended the Reds’ losing streak against the Astros to 10.
“I’m tired of it,” said Reds starter Danny Graves, who took the loss in Sunday’s 6-3 setback. “A lot of guys are tired of it. You hate to lose.”
The Reds have lost seven in a row at home, matching their longest skid since dropping nine straight at Cinergy Field in 2001.
Aaron Boone hit a three-run homer for Cincinnati, and has two homers and eight RBIs in his last four games. Boone has four homers and 12 RBIs against the Brewers this season despite hitting just .222 (8-for-36) in nine games.
Milwaukee dropped the finale of its four-game series with Pittsburgh 6-3 on Sunday, settling for a split.
Brady Clark went 3-for-4 with two RBIs. The Brewers’ part-time right fielder has 12 hits in his last 28 at-bats (.429).
Richie Sexson drove in the other Milwaukee run, extending his hitting streak to 15 games. He has three homers and 16 RBIs during the run.
STANDINGS: Brewers - 6th place, 14 1/2 GB, NL Central. Reds - 5th place, 10 1/2 GB, NL Central.
BREWERS PROBABLE STARTER: Matt Kinney (6-7, 4.72 ERA). The Brewers have lost five of Kinney’s last six starts, including a 10-8 home loss to Cincinnati on July 13. Kinney didn’t get the decision, giving up four runs and four hits over five innings. He struck out six, but walked four. The right-hander has allowed at least four runs in five of his last six starts and is 1-3 over that span. Kinney, who came over from Minnesota in a trade last November, is 0-0 with a 4.50 ERA in two career starts against the Reds.
REDS PROBABLE STARTER: Jose Acevedo (0-0, 0.00 ERA). Acevedo will make his first start of the season after being called up from Triple-A Louisville Friday. The right-hander made his season debut Saturday, pitching one scoreless inning in the Reds’ 9-8 loss to Houston. Acevedo was 6-2 with a 3.43 ERA in 29 games in the minors. He opened the 2002 season with Cincinnati and was 4-2 with a 7.23 ERA in six games, including five starts, before being sent down. He is 3-1 with a 4.86 ERA in four games, including three starts, against Milwaukee.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Brewers - Scott Podsednik, .316 avg. and 20 SBs; Richie Sexson, 25 HRs, 71 RBIs; Sexson and Geoff Jenkins, 61 runs. Reds - Jose Guillen, .337 avg.; Adam Dunn, 25 HRs and 56 runs; Aaron Boone, 60 RBIs and 12 SBs.
SEASON SERIES: Reds, 6-3.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Brewers - The Brewers’ next victory will be their 40th, a total they didn’t reach last season until Aug. 7. … 1B Sexson is batting .355 (11-for-31) against the Reds this season with a homer and six RBIs. … CF Podsednik hasn’t driven in a run in the last 13 games. Reds - The Reds allowed a first-inning run Sunday, giving their starters an 8.07 ERA in the opening inning. … 2B D’Angelo Jimenez has at least one hit in all 10 of his games with the Reds since being acquired from the Chicago White Sox. … 1B Sean Casey is batting .450 (9-for-20) over his last six games with a homer and six RBIs. … SS Barry Larkin has not homered in 94 at-bats.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Brewers - 21-24 on the road; Reds - 21-26 at home.
INJURIES: 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. Reds - OF Ken Griffey Jr. (ankle), 60-day DL; RHP Scott Sullivan (shoulder), 15-day DL; OF Austin Kearns (shoulder), 15-day DL; OF Wily Mo Pena (hamstring), 15-day DL; LHP Gabe White (groin), 15-day DL; RHP Luke Prokopec (elbow), 60-day DL.
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