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Updated: Monday, September 1, 2003 8:55 PM EDT
Cincinnati Reds
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5 9 2
Milwaukee Brewers
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4 9 1
W Etherton (2-2)
L Franklin (10-11)
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MILWAUKEE (Ticker) -- Rookie Tim Hummel had the best day of his young career as the Cincinnati Reds cooled off the Milwaukee Brewers with a 5-4 victory.

Hummel, a 24-year-old third baseman who made his major league debut Tuesday, hit his first homer and drove in another run with a single.

In the second inning, Hummel homered off Brewers starter Wayne Franklin (10-11) for the game's first run. Before coming over from the Chicago White Sox in the Scott Sullivan trade, Hummel had 15 homers in 128 games this season for Class AAA Charlotte.

"My first major league home run felt good," Hummel said. "At first, I didn't even think it made it over the wall. It wasn't until I saw the umpire show the home run sign that it finally dawned on me that I hit a home run."

The Reds added three runs in the third, an inning highlighted by rookie Ryan Freel 's third home run and capped by Hummel's RBI single.

"What beat us was the third inning," Brewers starter Wayne Franklin said. "We felt that we had a chance even with them having four runs, with the way that we have been playing lately. We thought that we had a chance."

Reds starter Seth Etherton (2-2) did not allow a hit until the fifth. He yielded a run and three hits in six innings, striking out two and walking three.

"Five runs behind me made a big difference," Etherton said. "Guys like Freel and Hummel gave us a big boost today."

Milwaukee cut the deficit to 5-2 in the eighth and made it interesting in the ninth, scoring two runs on an infield single and an error. Richie Sexson came within a few feet of a game-winning two-run homer off closer Chris Reitsma , but Wily Mo Pena hauled it in on the warning track in right field to end the game.

Reitsma earned his sixth save in 11 chances.

"After (Etherton) left, we started hitting the ball a lot better," Brewers manager Ned Yost said. "Anytime you get men on in the ninth, you have a good shot of putting it together, but we just couldn't do it."

The Brewers had won 12 of their previous 13 games. But Franklin surrendered four runs and eight hits in five innings and lost for the first time since August 17.

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