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A HAND IN VICTORY


A HAND IN VICTORY
It was a perfect night for Mike Cameron to have a perfect night.

Cameron honored his hero, Jackie Robinson, by hitting two home runs and a double, scoring three runs and driving in three, to help the Milwaukee Brewers snap a four-game losing streak, 9-3, over the Cincinnati Reds before a crowd of 30,349 at Miller Park.

The big night carried extra significance to Cameron, coming on the 62nd anniversary of Robinson breaking the color barrier in the major leagues.

"It was definitely cool," Cameron said. "But every day we get a chance to go on the field is cool. It's a blessing to go out on the field."

Cameron's big night certainly was a blessing for the Brewers , who had stumbled in their first homestand, losing four out of five going into Wednesday's game. The Brewers now head out on a nine-game road trip that starts Friday in New York.

"It was good, not just for me, but for the team to get off the schneid," Cameron said. "We've got a tough road trip coming up so it was nice to get a win and maybe get some momentum going."

Cameron hit leadoff home runs in the second and fourth innings for his 14th career multi-homer game to help stake starting pitcher Braden Looper (1-0) to a 3-0 lead.

The Reds rallied to tie the game with one run in the fifth and two in the sixth on a two-run shot by Chris Dickerson.

But the Brewers stormed back with five runs in the bottom of the sixth, highlighted by a two-run homer by Rickie Weeks.

"I felt real good right out of the gate," Looper said. "I felt probably the best I have all spring. I had real good command of all my pitches and then lost it a little at the end."

So was manager Ken Macha. After watching his starters struggle with control during the four-game losing streak, he was especially happy that Looper only allowed one walk in six innings.

"I thought the first four innings he was terrific," Macha said. "They got to him a little bit and he started to get the ball up. The lesson is one walk. We've talked a whole bunch about the walks."

Looper also was aided by a couple of nice defensive plays by first baseman Prince Fielder - one on a hard hit grounder and the other a scoop on a low throw to complete an inning-ending double play in the fourth inning.

But while the Brewers got solid defense and pitching - Mark DiFelice, Mitch Stetter and Todd Coffey combined for three scoreless innings in relief - it was the offense that stole the show.

In addition to the home runs by Cameron and Weeks, the Brewers got big back-to-back doubles by Bill Hall and Jason Kendall to produce the first three runs in the sixth.

The Brewers entered the game hitting just .143 with runners in scoring position over their last seven games (7-for-49) and were just 3-for-20 in those situations in the first two games against the Reds.

"The thing that was missing in some games and that hurt us a bunch were the timely hits," Macha said. "Billy Hall and Kendall got two big hits that drove in runs."

Hall, whose double off the glove of Dickerson in deep left field drove in Fielder with the go-ahead run, is hopeful that the Brewers have found their ability to hit in the clutch.

In Cameron's mind, it was just a matter of time.

"I think everyone in here knows we've got a good team," said Cameron, who leads the Brewers with a .370 batting average and shares the team home run lead with Corey Hart with three. "It's just a matter of going out and executing. We're going to get better as the season goes on. It should be pretty interesting."

Cincinnati AB R H BI BB SO Avg.

Taveras cf 3 1 2 0 0 0 .333 Dickerson lf 4 1 1 2 0 0 .286 Votto 1b 3 0 1 0 1 2 .387 Phillips 2b 4 0 0 0 0 1 .240 Bruce rf 4 0 0 0 0 1 .167 Encarnacion 3b 4 0 0 0 0 0 .167 R.Hernandez c 4 1 2 0 0 0 .174 Ale.Gonzalez ss 3 0 1 1 0 0 .053 Owings p 2 0 0 0 0 2 .250 Burton p 0 0 0 0 0 0 - b-D.McDonald ph 1 0 0 0 0 1 .300 Masset p 0 0 0 0 0 0 - Totals 32 3 7 3 1 7 Milwaukee AB R H BI BB SO Avg.

Weeks 2b 5 1 1 2 0 1 .257 Counsell ss 4 1 1 0 0 1 .286 Braun lf 3 0 1 0 1 0 .212 Fielder 1b 2 2 1 1 1 1 .200 Hart rf 4 0 0 0 0 1 .250 Cameron cf 3 3 3 3 1 0 .370 Hall 3b 4 1 1 1 0 0 .280 Kendall c 4 1 1 2 0 0 .120 Looper p 2 0 0 0 0 0 .000 a-B.Nelson ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000 DiFelice p 0 0 0 0 0 0 - Stetter p 0 0 0 0 0 0 - c-McGehee ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 .250 Coffey p 0 0 0 0 0 0 - Totals 33 9 9 9 3 4 Cincinnati 000 012 000-3 7 0 Milwaukee 110 105 10x-9 9 0 a-popped out for Looper in the 6th. b-struck out for Burton in the 7th. c-popped out for Stetter in the 8th.

LOB - Cincinnati 4, Milwaukee 4.

2B - Ale.Gonzalez (1), Braun (3), Fielder (3), Cameron (3), Hall (4), Kendall (1).

HR - Dickerson (1), off Looper; Cameron 2 (3), off Owings 2; Weeks (2), off Burton.

RBIs - Dickerson 2 (3), Ale.Gonzalez (1), Weeks 2 (6), Fielder (6), Cameron 3 (5), Hall (2), Kendall 2 (4).

SF - Fielder.

G IDP - Phillips, Ale.Gonzalez. Runners left in scoring posit ion - Cincinnati 2 (Phillips, Owings); Milwaukee 3 (Hart 2, Hall).

DP - Milwaukee 2 (Counsell, Weeks, Fielder), (Hall, Weeks, Fielder).

Cincinnati IP H R ER BB SO ERA Owings L, 0-1 5 5 4 4 2 2 7.20 Burton 1 3 4 4 1 0 10.38 Masset 2 1 1 1 0 2 2.45 Milwaukee IP H R ER BB SO ERA Looper W, 1-0 6 6 3 3 1 5 3.27 DiFelice 1 1 0 0 0 1 1.29 Stetter 1 0 0 0 0 1 3.86 Coffey 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 DiFelice pitched to 1 batter in 8th. Owings pitched to 1 batter in 6th.

Inherited runners-sco red - Burton 1-1, Stetter 1-0.

HBP - by Looper (Taveras).

WP - Masset.

T - 2:29.

Att. - 30,349.


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: April 17, 2009

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