Reds 9, Brewers 0
Dunn hit a grand slam in a seven-run third inning, and Hudson gave up three runs over six innings to help the Reds beat the Milwaukee Brewers 9-0 Saturday night. Cincinnati won consecutive games for the first time since Aug. 22 and 24 against Arizona and St. Louis.
The Reds have scored nine runs in each of Hudson’s last two starts.
“We haven’t had too many of those this year,” said Dunn, who hit his third career slam. “It was definitely a lot better than having to battle it out for nine innings.”
Hudson (3-1) improved to 3-0 in his last five starts and extended his scoreless streak to 13 innings over three starts. He allowed one hit in six innings in his last start, against the Brewers in Milwaukee on Sept. 5.
“He’s got a funky delivery,” Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said. “His fastball is sneaky quick. He threw more strikes than he did the last time. He looked better this time than he did the last time.”
Hudson used his changeup more effectively than in his last start, he said.
“They’ve got guys in that lineup who can hurt you,” he said. “You want to try not to be too repetitious.”
Lyle Overbay had two of the three hits off Hudson.
“He has good life on his fastball,” Overbay said. “He’s got three pitches that he can throw, and he makes good use of his pitches.”
“Our offense has been inconsistent,” Yost said. “We put seven on the board one night and the next two nights nothing.”
Santos, 1-7 in his last 10 starts, allowed eight runs and seven hits in 2 1-3 innings, the shortest of his 25 starts this season.
Corky Miller’s sacrifice fly put the Reds ahead in the second, and Hudson and Lopez singled leading off the third. Sean Casey walked with one out, and Dunn hit his 42nd homer of the season, which bounced off a screen above the bench in the visitors’ bullpen and back on the field.
“I thought it was going to be my first sacrifice fly,” said Dunn, who has more RBI (91) without a sacrifice fly than any player in the majors. “I was excited about it.”
Kearns gave the Reds their eighth set of back-to-back homers this season, making it 6-0. Anderson Machado greeted Gary Glover with an RBI double and Hudson hit a sacrifice fly.
Reds INF Juan Castro was expected to return Sunday. He missed two games after having four wisdom teeth removed Friday. … Reds C Jason LaRue missed his second consecutive start with stiffness in his right knee, which he hyperextended on Sept. 3. … Miller singled in the third to stop an 0-for-29 slump, the longest of his career and the longest by a Reds’ non-pitcher since Alex Ochoa went 0-for-31 in July 2001. … Dunn’s slam was the Reds’ fourth this season. … The game drew 22,863, raising Cincinnati’s home attendance to 2,000,874 in 70 dates.