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Reds extend Brewers' losing streak, 4-2

CINCINNATI -- Cincinnati Reds starter Alfredo Simon pitched 7 1/3 innings, making only a couple of mistakes in an otherwise strong outing, to beat the Milquakee Brewers, 4-2, in a Fourth of July matchup at Great American Ball Park.

It was the fourth consecutive loss for Milwaukee, its longest such streak since May 17-20, and third straight on the road. The Brewers have lost four of five games to the Reds in Cincinnati, and six of eight overall.

Milwaukee had opportunities early but couldn't cash in against Simon (11-3), who previously beat the Brewers in Cincinnati with a strong seven-inning outing on May 4.

The Brewers' best came in the third, when Scooter Gennett singled and Ryan Braun walked with one out. Jonathan Lucroy flied out to right, moving Gennett to third, but Carlos Gomez grounded out to shortstop to end the inning.

Brewers starter Kyle Lohse (9-3) was also sharp early, striking out the side in the first and five batters overall in the first two innings before running into trouble in the third.

With one out, Simon ripped a base hit to left. Leadoff man Billy Hamilton followed by homering to right to put Cincinnati ahead, 2-0. It was Hamilton's fifth homer of the season and third against Milwaukee.

The Reds added another run in the fourth on consecutive doubles by Devin Mesoraco and Skip Schumaker. Both went to right-center, with Gomez tracking Mesoraco's down with a leaping grab at the wall but unable to haul it in.

Cincinnati scored a fourth run in the fifth when Lyle Overbay committed a one-out error on a Todd Frazier ground ball and Joey Votto doubled to left to drive in Frazier.

Lohse lasted five innings, tied for his shortest start of the season. He allowed seven hits, four runs (three earned) and a walk to go along with eight strikeouts.

The Brewers, who managed just one baserunner from the fourth through the sixth, finally broke through in the seventh.

Simon hit Aramis Ramirez with a pitch to open the inning.Overbay singled to right, moving Ramirez to third and then Jean Segura chopped an infield single to the left side that plated Ramirez.

Just as quickly as the rally came together, it fizzled out. Logan Schafer, just recalled from Class AAA Nashville, struck out looking. Pinch-hitter Rickie Weeks grounded into a fielder's choice and Gennett flied out to right.

Lucroy sneaked a one-out, solo homer just over the wall in right-center to end Simon's night in the eighth, but Jonathan Broxton came on and limited the damage to that one run.

Simon finished having allowed six hits, two runs and two walks to go along with three strikeouts over 99 pitches.

Aroldis Chapman pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to record his 17th save.

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