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Updated: Thursday, August 28, 2003 12:29 AM EDT
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Milwaukee Brewers
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R H E
6 9 0
Cincinnati Reds
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2 12 1
W Franklin (10-10)
L Etherton (1-2)
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MILWAUKEE 6, CINCINNATI 2
 

CINCINNATI (Ticker) -- The Milwaukee Brewers matched their longest winning streak in six years behind a solid outing by Wayne Franklin , posting a 6-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds .

The Brewers posted their ninth straight win, equaling their longest run since July 25-August 1, 1997, and surpassed last season's win total with their 57th victory.

Franklin (10-10) allowed two runs and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings. He walked three, struck out one and improved to 3-2 against the Reds this season. He gave up an RBI single to Ruben Mateo in the first and and an RBI double to rookie Stephen Smitherman in the fourth.

"We're coming in expecting to win now," Franklin said. "It's a shame it's not April or May. (Manager Ned Yost ) was talking about when he was with the Braves. They came to the park every day expecting to beat someone. That's what he wants us to do. We're starting to do it."

Franklin gave up three hits and a walk in the first inning, but allowed only one run.

"He had a hard time adjusting to the mound in the first inning," Yost said. "Then he got acclimated and pitched out of some jams. He had a rough first inning, then settled down. Then he had trouble in the fourth inning and settled down again. He just stayed after it."

In the fourth inning, Franklin gave up back-to-back doubles to start the inning, but worked out of a bases-loaded jam by getting Juan Castro to ground into an inning-ending double play. Third baseman Wes Helms started the double play by throwing home.

"I'm going home," Helms said. "If you don't turn two, it's no big deal. If you go to second and don't get it, they score a run. I'm glad I made that play. They'd have scored two runs. They may have pitched us different it was 4-2 rather than 2-2."

Rookie Scott Podsednik had three RBI and extended his hitting streak to a career-high 12 games for the Brewers, who broke open the game with four runs in the sixth.

Cincinnati starter Seth Etherton (1-2) took the loss, yielding four runs and six hits in 5 1/3 innings. Etherton matched a career high with six strikeouts.

The Reds tied the game, 2-2, on Smitherman's double in the fourth, but the Brewers broke open the game in the sixth, taking a 6-2 lead on Keith Osik 's RBI single, Podsednik's two-run double and Keith Ginter 's sacrifice fly.

Four Milwaukee relievers combined for 3 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing four hits.

"We had 12 hits and only scored two runs," Reds interim manager Dave Miley said. "We had opportunities but didn't cash in."

The game was delayed nine minutes in the second inning when fire alarms went off at Great American Ballpark.


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