Milwaukee (39-59) at Cincinnati (44-54)

  • Game info: 7:10 pm EDT Tue Jul 22, 2003
  • TV: FSNO
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Paul Wilson looks to break out of his pitching slump as the Cincinnati Reds finish their two-game series with the Milwaukee Brewers at the Great American Ball Park.

Wilson has been struggling badly and is winless in his last five starts. The 30-year-old right-hander is 0-3 with an 8.28 ERA over that span.

Wilson, the No. 1 overall pick by the New York Mets in the 1994 draft, has yielded 12 earned runs over his last six innings of work. Wilson failed to register an out, allowing seven earned runs in an 11-2 loss to the Houston Astros on July 10.

The Reds are hoping Wilson can follow Jose Acevedo’s lead as they try to sweep the Brewers.

Acevedo pitched seven shutout innings as a fill-in starter and Russell Branyan had a pinch-hit grand slam on Monday as the Cincinnati Reds pulled away to an 11-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.

The Reds ended a seven-game losing streak at home by beating the one team they’ve handled easily. They’ve won their last five against Milwaukee, going 7-3 this season against the Brewers.

Jose Guillen also homered and drove in three runs as the Reds got the better of a matchup of the NL Central’s bottom two teams.

Acevedo was given the start as the Reds shifted their four-man rotation back to a standard five-man set.

First baseman Richie Sexson hit his team-leading 26th home run for Milwaukee. Sexson is batting .343 (12-for-35) with two home runs against the Reds this season.

The Brewers have lost two straight and seven of their last nine games.

STANDINGS: Brewers - 6th place, 14 1/2 GB, NL Central. Reds - 5th place, 9 1/2 GB, NL Central.

BREWERS PROBABLE STARTER: Wayne Franklin (6-6, 4.97 ERA). Franklin earned a 7-5 win against Pittsburgh on Thursday despite giving up five runs and six hits in 5 1-3 innings of work. The 29-year-old southpaw has won five of his last seven decisions.

REDS PROBABLE STARTER: Wilson (5-7, 5.14 ERA). Wilson was roughed up for five runs over six innings as Cincinnati lost to Houston 5-4 on Thursday.

OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Brewers - Scott Podsednik, .314 avg. and 20 SBs; Richie Sexson, 26 HRs and 72 RBIs; Geoff Jenkins, 62 runs. Reds - Jose Guillen .339 avg.; Adam Dunn, 25 HRs and 56 runs; Aaron Boone, 61 RBIs and 13 SBs.

SEASON SERIES: Reds, 7-3.

STREAKS AND NOTES: Brewers - LHP Matt Ford went on the 15-day DL after a medical test found that he had a sprained left elbow. … Milwaukee has an extra-base hit in 47 straight games. It’s the Brewers longest streak since 2000, when they had one in 61 consecutive games. … OF Podsednik ranks third in the NL with 20 SBs. Reds - Cincinnati has eight pinch-hit homers this season, including two grand slams. … OF Dunn is mired in a 3-for-36 slump. … Cincinnati’s 5.46 ERA is the highest mark in the NL.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Brewers - 21-25 on the road; Reds - 22-26 at home.

INJURIES: Brewers - RHP Jayson Durocher (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Nick Neugebauer (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Ruben Quevedo (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Todd Ritchie (shoulder), 15-day DL. Reds - OF Austin Kearns (shoulder), 15-day DL; OF Wily Mo Pena (hamstring), 15-day DL; RHP Scott Sullivan (shoulder), 15-day DL; LHP Gabe White (groin), 15-day DL; RHP Luke Prokopec (elbow), 60-day DL; OF Ken Griffey Jr. (ankle), 60-day DL.

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W. Franklin KC vs. P. Wilson CIN
10-13 Record 8-10
5.50 ERA 4.64
116 K 93
94 BB 50
1.52 WHIP 1.44