MILWAUKEE (AP) -
rarely has blown a lead for Milwaukee this year. With the team slumping, the Brewers' closer picked a bad time to have his
worst outing of the season.
's double capped a three-run, ninth-inning rally off Torres and the
beat the Brewers 5-4 on Monday night.
''We're not automatic, unfortunately,'' said Torres, who had not given up more than two runs in a game all year before Monday
night. ''That's the way it is. I will be the first one to admit I picked the wrong time to give up three runs.''
With the loss, the Brewers' lead in the NL wild-card race shrunk to three games over the Phillies with 18 games left. Philadelphia
beat Florida 8-6. The Brewers and Phillies start a key four-game series beginning Thursday in Philadelphia.
It was only the seventh blown save for Torres in 33 save opportunities. In his previous 11 outings, Torres had given up only
one earned run.
''If this was the last game of the season and prevented us from going to the playoffs then everybody would be crying. But,
now, we still have time,'' he said. ''We can't let this bother us. As much as we wanted to come out on top, it didn't happen.''
Torres (6-5) has been the consistently strong reliever in a Brewers bullpen that has labored at times this season. He took
over closer duties in May when
struggled and subsequently went on the disabled list.
The right-hander entered the game with Milwaukee leading 4-2, but allowed consecutive singles to
, and a walk to
to load the bases with no outs.
struck out, but
's hard liner up the middle hit Torres in the leg for an infield single, pulling the Reds to 4-3.
Torres said he almost caught the ball, but it hit him in the left foot.
''Superman doesn't make that play, Mighty Mouse doesn't make it either,'' Milwaukee manager
said. ''We kind of got lucky that it hit his foot because it was probably going to go up the middle (into the outfield) and
score two runs.''
Keppinger then hit a shot past left fielder
to the base of the wall, scoring Castillo and Dickerson to give the Reds the lead for good.
(5-1) pitched a scoreless eighth for the victory.
pitched the ninth for his 28th save in 34 chances.
The Brewers have lost six of eight.
''You keep grinding until you pull out (of a slump), Yost said. ''They're going through some tough times but they're grinding.''
hit his second homer and J.J. Hardy hit his 23rd homer for Milwaukee. It was Kendall's first homer since July 11 and the first
allowed by Volquez since July 30, a span of 38 innings.
hit his 19th homer for Cincinnati.
allowed two runs and seven hits in eight innings.
pitched 5 2-3 innings, giving up four runs and five hits with three walks while striking out 10.
''He was throwing the ball well,'' Cincinnati manager
said. ''Glad we got that loss off of Volquez. He was throwing the ball good except for the solo homer and two-run homer.''
The Reds also loaded the bases with no outs in the fourth, but failed to score.
hit a bouncer back to Bush, who threw home to Kendall for the force to start a double play. Volquez then popped out weekly
to first to end the inning.
's RBI groundout made it 1-0 Milwaukee in the first. Castillo's RBI single tied it in the second for the Reds.
Notes: The Reds activated INF/OF Jerry Hairston Jr. from the 15-day DL before the game. ... The Reds said they would recall
six minor leaguers from Triple-A Louisville on Tuesday. The team expected to recall INFs
and Josh Roenicke, and LHPs Daniel Ray Herrera and
. Louisville was eliminated from the International League playoffs on Sunday. ... Milwaukee CF
returned to the lineup after missing two games with a sore knee.