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Updated: Monday, August 25, 2003 11:34 PM EDT
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Milwaukee Brewers
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R H E
10 12 1
Cincinnati Reds
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R H E
6 9 0
W Kinney (9-9)
L Harang (3-1)
S Kolb (12)
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MILWAUKEE 10, CINCINNATI 6
 

CINCINNATI (Ticker) -- Rookie Bill Hall collected a season-high four hits, including his second homer in as many days, to lead the Milwaukee Brewers to their seventh straight win, 10-6 over the Cincinnati Reds .

Hall forged a 1-1 tie in the third inning with an RBI double off Reds starter Aaron Harang (3-1). He had another run-scoring double in the fifth, then slugged a solo homer in the seventh to make it 7-1.

"It's a lot of fun when you have a game like that," Hall said. "I'm swinging the bat real well. Hitting's like a disease. When one guy starts to hit, other guys do, too."

Wes Helms , Geoff Jenkins and Mark Smith also homered for Milwaukee, which is riding its longest winning streak since joining the National League in 1998. The Brewers had a nine-game run in 1997, their last year in the American League.

Brewers starter Matt Kinney (9-9) allowed four runs and six hits in seven innings. The righthander struck out seven without a walk and has won back-to-back starts.

"That was as good a game as he could pitch," Brewers manager Ned Yost said. "He was in control, on the attack and had command of all his pitches."

Pinch hitter Stephen Smitherman smacked his first major league home run in the seventh off Kinney. Smitherman was recalled from Class AA Chattanooga before the game to replace lefthander Felix Heredia , who was claimed off waivers by the New York Yankees .

"It's a wonderful thing when something like this happens," Smitherman said. "Everything is up in the air right now, so there's a lot of opportunity. I'm just trying to take advantage of it and show what I can do."

Harang lost for the first time since joining the Reds in a trade from the Oakland Athletics on July 30. The righthander surrendered six runs and eight hits in five innings.

"That's going to happen," Cincinnati interim manager Dave Miley said. "The home runs hurt him. He's been very solid for us."

Dernell Stenson also homered for the Reds, reaching reliever Brooks Kieschnick for a two-run shot in the ninth inning. Kieschnick worked 1 2/3 innings but left with two on and two out in the ninth. Danny Kolb struck out Rainer Olmedo for his 12th save.

Kolb has been perfect in save opportunities since becoming the Brewers' closer. His only blown save came on July 1, when he was still a middle reliever.


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