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Updated: Tuesday, August 26, 2003 11:27 PM EDT
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CINCINNATI (Ticker) -- The new-look Cincinnati Reds had little success cooling off Geoff Jenkins and the Milwaukee Brewers .

Jenkins had four hits, including a home run, and three RBI as the Brewers won their eighth straight game, 7-1 over the Reds.

The Brewers are on their longest winning streak since a nine-game tear from July 25-August 1, 1997. They matched last season's win total, 56.

Doug Davis (1-0) tossed a four-hitter for his first win with Milwaukee, his third major league team this season. He struck out two and walked one in his third career complete game and first since April 11, 2002 for Texas.

"It feels great," Davis said. "I feel like I've been given an opportunity here. I'm always looking for a home. I feel at home here. I knew five or six of these guys coming in."

"I'm not sure how many solid contacts we had," Reds interim manager Dave Miley said. "I know not a lot. He kept us off-balance."

The Brewers trailed, 1-0, after the Reds scored an unearned run in the bottom of the first, but Jenkins, who has 16 RBI in his last 10 games, put them ahead for good with a two-run homer against Dan Serafini (0-1) in the third. It was his 26th home run of the season and second in as many nights.

"I got some pitches to work with and put some good swings on them," Jenkins said. "The team's been in a groove. We've been scoring runs and taking the pressure off the pitchers."

"He is catching his second wind," Brewers manager Ned Yost said. "It's such a long season. You're going to have your ups and downs. There's no way to avoid it. When it's a guy in the middle of the lineup, it stands out more."

Wes Helms , whose fielding error led to Cincinnati's sole run, made it 4-1 with a two-run homer an inning later before the Brewers broke open the game with three runs against newcomer Phil Norton in the seventh. Helms also homered in Monday's series opener.

Serafini, purchased from the Mexican League, made his first big league appearance since September 2000 for Pittsburgh. Fellow pitchers Scott Randall and Norton and pinch hitter Tim Hummel all made their Reds debuts. Cincinnati has used a record 53 players this season, including 28 pitchers.

"That's the tough part of this business. You get to know guys personally, their families, and then they're gone," Reds first baseman Sean Casey said. "From the personal point of view, it's sad, but from the baseball point of view, it's business. You never know."

"I told Casey when I got to first base, 'You're the last man standing,'" Jenkins said.

Serafini gave up four runs and seven hits in five innings, walking two and striking out none.

"I didn't throw as convincing as I could have. That was tough," Serafini said. "Tonight I needed better command. It's hard to win when you're walking guys and giving up home runs."

"All four of the runs off him were from home runs," Miley said. "We didn't do that. That was the difference in the game."

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