Kearns hit an RBI single with two outs in the 10th inning Sunday to lead Cincinnati to a 6-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.
Aaron Boone followed Kearns with a two-run homer, his second of the game, as the Reds stopped a three-game losing streak. Boone has homered three times in two days.
“I’m not worried about a hitting streak,” Kearns said. “It was a big spot in the game. I’d been scuffling all game, so I was just trying to get a pitch to hit and get that run in. I just want to win. We really needed this one.”
“The ball squirted out of my hand on Boone and he hit it out, so we lose by three,” DeJean said. “That’s all I know. This is a game we should’ve won, though.”
“I’m impressed with Kearns,” Cincinnati manager Bob Boone said. “He’s mature beyond his years. He rarely makes a mistake. I’m pretty much impressed with everything he does.”
Cincinnati tied it at 3 on a two-out single by pinch-hitter Jose Guillen in the seventh.
Milwaukee pitcher Ruben Quevedo, trying to snap a career-high five-game losing streak, walked Adam Dunn and Jason LaRue with one out. John Foster relieved, and the left-hander got Juan Castro to fly out before Guillen singled.
“I was trying to be too fine with them,” Quevedo said.
Boone hit a solo homer in the second. It was Cincinnati’s 13th consecutive game with a home run.
Scott Podsednik led off the Brewers third with a walk, stole second and scored on Sexson’s one-out double down the left-field line.
Cincinnati got the run back in the fifth. LaRue led off with a double and scored when pitcher Paul Wilson hit into a double play.
Wilson pitched six innings and allowed three earned runs on eight hits in his first career appearance against Milwaukee.
“I see a lot of good things out of this ballclub,” Milwaukee manager NedYost said. “But our record keeps bogging us down.”
Milwaukee has not had an error in the last 67 innings. … Cincinnati last homered in 13 consecutive games May 7-22, 1999. … Sexson needs one more RBI to reach 500 for his career and Vander Wal needs one more RBI to reach 400. … Milwaukee had 14 RBI with two outs in the series. … Cincinnati completed a 13-game stretch against St. Louis (6-1) and Milwaukee (3-3). The Reds begin a stretch of 12 straight games against Atlanta and Florida on Tuesday…. Quevedo has allowed three home runs this season, all hit by the fifth batter in the lineup. … Reds SS Barry Larkin did not play after making his first startSaturday since leaving the game Tuesday with an aggravated left calf injury.