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Brewers' Lohse goes distance to beat Reds

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MILWAUKEE -- Before his team took on the Cincinnati Reds on Friday, Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke was hopeful that Kyle Lohse would have a turnaround kind of outing after three less-than-stellar starts.

To say the veteran right-hander fulfilled those hopes would be something of an understatement.

Lohse recorded his first complete game in more than two years as the Brewers beat the Reds 5-1 at Miller Park.

"He really threw the ball well all game and even got better the later we got in the game," Roenicke said. "(He) really commanded all his pitches well from the first inning on. He had a nice game."

Lohse's only real challenge came in the second inning, when he allowed three consecutive singles before Devin Mesoraco cut the Brewers' lead to 2-1 when he bounced into a fielder's choice. Lohse responded by retiring the next 21 in order before issuing a two-out walk to Jay Bruce in the ninth.

After allowing 13 runs on 31 hits over his previous 16 1/3 innings, Lohse scattered four hits and struck out five while winning for the first time since Aug. 20.

"You've seen how two out of the last three have gone; I wasn't real happy about especially the last one, giving all that up in the early innings," Lohse said. "Today I felt like that second inning, I really probably wouldn't take a pitch back; they just kept finding holes. I was just trying to stick to my game plan, go out and get it done, and that was it."

His recent struggles aside, Lohse has been one of the few consistent bright spots for Milwaukee this season with 19 quality starts in 30 appearances. However, he has frequently been the victim of poor run support, especially earlier in the season.

That wasn't the case Friday, as Carlos Gomez provided Lohse plenty of offense, tying a career high with five RBIs.

Gomez began the day batting .287 but was just 7-for-35 (.200) in his last 10 games. He went 3-for-4 against the Reds and accounted for all of Milwaukee's runs -- including two much-needed insurance runs in the seventh.

Lohse opened the inning with a groundout to third. Reds starter Mat Latos got Norichika Aoki to fly out to right for the second out before giving up a base hit to Jean Segura and walking Jonathan Lucroy.

Reds manager Dusty Baker went to the bullpen and gave the ball to right-hander J.J. Hoover, but Hoover loaded the bases with a walk to Jeff Bianchi before giving up Gomez's third hit of the day, a two-run single to center.

All five runs were charged to Latos (14-6), who gave up seven hits and three walks while striking out four in 6 2/3 innings.

"It's just one of those days where you just have to hit the reset button and go after them again the next time you go out," Latos said.

Gomez gave Milwaukee a 2-0 lead with a two-run single in the first and drove in another with a hit in the third.

Cincinnati made it a 2-1 game in the second when Ryan Ludwick scored on Mesoraco fielder's choice, but Choo struck out to end the inning, leaving runners at second and third.

"We had bases loaded and no outs," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "It seems like kind of a recurring theme. The big inning is eluding us."

The loss left Cincinnati three games behind the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Central and allowed the Washington Nationals, winners of nine of their last 10, to get within 4 1/2 games of the second National League wild-card berth.

NOTES: The Brewers claimed RHP Jose De La Torre off waivers from the Boston Red Sox. To make room for De La Torre on the 40-man roster, 2B Rickie Weeks was moved to the 60-day disabled list. De La Torre was assigned to rookie-level Helena. ... Brewers 3B Aramis Ramirez left the game after getting hit by a pitch on his left hand in the first inning and is listed as day-to-day. ... Reds LHP Sean Marshall threw a simulated game Friday, but he might not rejoin the Reds for the final two weeks, according to Baker. Baker has yet to finalize his rotation beyond the Milwaukee series. LHP Tony Cingrani did not travel with the team to Milwaukee due to a nagging back injury. Should he be unable to start Tuesday, Baker said he might consider using RHP Johnny Cueto, who has been on the disabled list since June 29 due to a lat strain. Cueto threw 60 pitches and reported no problems following a bullpen session Wednesday.
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