Helms went 4-for-5 with a grand slam and five RBI and Jenkins drove in four runs as the Brewers routed the
Milwaukee's second win in 10 games at Miller Park - where the Brewers are just 6-15 this season - was its first in five contests on a season-high 13-game homestand.
"This was big tonight in front of a pretty nice crowd, and we had to rebound from our series with Chicago," said Milwaukee manager
, whose team struck out a National League-record 24 times in a 17-inning loss to the Cubs on Thursday. "We played as well as we could today."
Cincinnati scored the game's first run on
's major league-leading 15th homer against
(2-4) in the top of the second inning, but Milwaukee tied the contest in the bottom of the frame on
's RBI groundout against
The Brewers took the lead for good one inning later on Jenkins' run-scoring groundout. Milwaukee, which added three runs in the fifth on a two-run double by Jenkins and an RBI single by Helms, broke open the game in the sixth. After Jenkins made it 6-2 with a bases-loaded sacrifice fly against
John Vander Wal
walked and Helms greeted
with his second career grand slam, an upper deck shot to left on a hanging slider.
"I went up there in the situation that I was going to put the ball in play and not strike out," said Helms.
With the homer, his sixth of the season, Helms tied his career high for hits in a game, set last July 24 against Florida.
"Wes was phenomenal tonight," Helms said. "That was the
that I envisioned when we traded for him (from Atlanta in December). He's that type of player. Wes had really been wanting to carry as much of the load as he can, and he's really been pressing."
"Before the game, (batting coach
) and I had a long talk, and the biggest thing with me is I try to do too much," Helms said. Franklin allowed two runs and four hits in six innings, striking out a career-high nine batters and walking three.
"I felt good about the way I was throwing the ball," Franklin said. "I didn't feel like I was going to make a lot of mistakes tonight."
After losing his previous three starts, Yost told the media that Franklin's spot in the rotation was in jeopardy.
"No, I didn't read it, actually, so I can't say it did (fire me up)," Franklin said. "I don't leave that to the paper to light a fire under me."
"I think he has the fire but what happens is you get to the point where you get a little defensive," Yost said. "I don't know if he did that, but he was definitely on the attack tonight."
Dempster gave up five runs - four earned - and seven hits in five frames for the Reds, who have lost back-to-back games after winning eight of nine.
"He had real good stuff, but he's been battling control problems," Reds manager
said. "It's his first start in 11 or 12 days. He had real good stuff but he was fighthing his control all night."
"They basically beat our (tails) off today," Dempster said. "We gave them a couple of extra outs but for the most part their pitcher did a real good job and they beat us up."
One of the extra outs came courtesy of Dempster himself, who threw into the outfield on a potential double-play ground ball by
in the fifth inning. Jenkins then followed with a two-run double to give the Brewers a 4-1 lead.
"If I had made that throw to second base, we'd still be in the ballgame," Dempster said. "That was the first time I've ever done that. I can't remember, maybe in Little League I did that."
Sexson, who struck out five times while going 0-for-7 on Thursday, snapped an 0-for-15 slump with an RBI single against
in the bottom of the seventh.
Clayton had been mired in an 0-for-24 skid before rapping a two-out single in the eighth. He then capped the scoring on a double by