The Reds have alternated wins and losses in their last six games, but are hoping Dunn’s improved plate discipline can get them to start stringing victories together.
Dunn, who struck out a major league record 195 times last season, has whiffed only five times in his last 11 games.
Being more selective has led to an offensive surge. Dunn is hitting .429 (12-for-24) over his last 10 games, with three home runs, seven doubles and seven RBIs.
“I haven’t been pulling the ball,’ he said. “Everything I’m hitting is going to right-center or left-center. That means I’m staying through the ball and not rolling over or pulling off.”
Dunn is hitting .236 (42-for-178) with 14 homers and 43 RBIs and 51 strikeouts in 54 career games against Milwaukee.
The Brewers avoid a three-game sweep with Thursday’s 4-3 victory over St. Louis.
Russell Branyan homered and Brady Clark had a two-run double for the Brewers, who won for only the third time in 13 games and defeated the Cardinals for the first time in six meetings this season.
Milwaukee also won for the first time this year when scoring fewer than six runs.
“It feels great, obviously,” Clark said. “It’s nice to get a victory.”