Weeks triple keeps Brewers tied for first with 4-3 win over Reds

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CINCINNATI (AP)—Rickie Weeks tripled to drive in Craig Counsell with the go-ahead run in the ninth inning, and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Cincinnati Reds 4-3 Saturday night to remain tied for first place in the NL Central.

Counsell led off against David Weathers (2-5) with a single and moved to second on Mike Rivera’s sacrifice, setting up Weeks’ RBI triple to the right-center field gap, his third hit of the game.

Prince Fielder homered and drove in two runs for Milwaukee, which went into the game tied for the division-lead with the Cubs, one game ahead of St. Louis. Chicago beat Pittsburgh 5-1, and the Cardinals played at West Division-leading Arizona.

Derrick Turnbow (4-4) pitched a perfect eighth to get the win. Francisco Cordero pitched the ninth to extend his single-season club record for saves to 41 in 47 opportunities.

Jeff Suppan, whose 7-4 victory over Pittsburgh last Sunday at Milwaukee snapped a streak of 12 consecutive starts without a win, allowed just three hits and three runs with a walk and four strikeouts in six innings. He is 1-4 in 14 starts since beating Kansas City on June 22.

Aaron Harang, who allowed 10 hits and six runs in 5 2-3 innings while losing his last start Monday against the Mets, bounced back to allow seven hits and two runs with two walks and seven strikeouts. He left with a 3-2 lead.

Joey Votto gave Cincinnati a 3-0 lead in the second inning when he followed Adam Dunn’s one-out walk and Edwin Encarnacion’s single up the middle with his second homer in Cincinnati’s last three games and second of his career.

The Brewers couldn’t capitalize on a bases-loaded, one-out opportunity in the fourth. Geoff Jenkins struck out swinging and Damian Miller flied out to right fielder Ken Griffey Jr.

They pushed across a run in the fifth when Suppan singled with one out, moved to third on Weeks’ single to right-center and scored on Gabe Gross’ groundout to second.

Fielder cut the Reds lead to 3-2 by leading off the fifth with his second homer in two games and NL-leading 43rd of the season. He scored the tying run in the eighth after drawing a one-out walk from Jared Burton, moving to third on Bill Hall’s double and scoring on Jenkins’ sacrifice fly.


Milwaukee SS J.J. Hardy, who went into the game hitless in his last 12 at-bats, got the night off. Counsell made his 16th start of the season at SS. … Votto, recalled from Triple-A Louisville on Tuesday, has driven in six runs in three games. … Fielder needs three homers to tie the single-season club record of 45, set in 1979 by Gorman Thomas and tied by Richie Sexson in 2001 and 2003. … Suppan’s start was his 30th of the season, extending to nine his streak of consecutive season with at least 30 starts. Mets LHP Tom Glavine (12) and San Diego RHP Greg Maddux (12) are the only active pitchers with longer streaks. … Reds shortstop Alex Gonzalez left the game after six innings after fouling a ball off of his lower leg for the second time in the game. X-rays were negative.

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