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Updated: Tuesday, July 22, 2003 12:41 AM EDT
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CINCINNATI (Ticker) -- Russell Branyan helped make Jose Acevedo 's first start of the season a big success for the Cincinnati Reds .

Acevedo yielded two hits in seven innings and Branyan smacked a pinch grand slam as the Reds snapped a seven-game home losing streak with an 11-2 rout of the Milwaukee Brewers .

Jose Guillen added a solo homer and a two-run single for the Reds, who had lost 12 of 15 overall posted their fifth straight win over Milwaukee. Cincinnati swept three games at Miller Park heading into the All-Star break to end an eight-game losing streak.

The Reds were swept in a four-game home series by Houston over the weekend to fall a season-high 11 games under .500 and 10 1/2 games back in the National League Central.

But they got off to a strong start against Matt Kinney (6-8) as D'Angelo Jimenez led off the bottom of the first inning with a single to extend his career-high hitting streak to 11 games - one for each contest he's played with the Reds - and Barry Larkin walked.

Both runners moved up on a passed ball by catcher Eddie Perez before Guillen gave Acevedo the lead for good with a single to right.

Cincinnati had a 5-0 advantage before Guillen led off the seventh with his 19th homer. Branyan capped the six-run inning with a one-out grand slam on the first offering from Brooks Kieschnick . It was Branyan's third career grand slam and first since April 17, 2001.

"I'd never faced Kieschnick before," Branyan said. "I played in spring training with him with the Indians, but he wasn't a pitcher yet. I saw him throw at Louisville when we played Indianapolis. I was waiting for something over the plate and down."

Acevedo (1-0) struck out six and walked two in his first start since May 19, 2002. He threw just 10 of 21 pitches for strikes in Saturday's relief stint against Houston but was in the strike zone on 66 of 100 pitches in this one.

"Today, I was consistent with all of my pitches," Acevedo said. "I got my breaking ball down and away. Sometimes a guy like me just needs an opportunity. I am going to keep working. There was no pressure. I just came up ready to go, ready to pitch."

"Acevedo was terrific," said Reds manager Bob Boone , who decided to add Acevedo as the fifth member of his rotation. "He threw some real good sliders. He pitched up, which surprised me a little bit. He will start Saturday, I assume."

Brewers manager Ned Yost also was impressed with Acevedo.

"He threw a lot of pitches in the early innings," Yost said. "Then he settled down. He threw more strikes after the fourth and we weren't able to do anything with them."

"I could have gone another inning or even a complete game," Acevedo said. "I was staying focused. This is the first time I'd pitched more than five innings. I usually threw 85-90 pitches, but I've thrown 120 before. They asked me if I could go out for one more and I was ready to, but the (seventh) was a little long."

Milwaukee did not score until the ninth, when Richie Sexson and Keith Ginter homered off Kent Mercker .

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