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Gonzalez, Aguilar lead Brewers to 7-0 win over Reds


MILWAUKEE (AP) Gio Gonzalez is getting comfortable with his new team.The left-hander pitched six smooth innings on his 33rd birthday and Jesus Aguilar hit a three-run homer in the Milwaukee Brewers 7-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday night.Manny Pina also had a three-run shot and Aguilar finished with four RBIs as he reached 103 for the season. Gonzalez stellar showing helped the Brewers boost their lead for the top NL wild card to three games over St. Louis, which lost to Atlanta earlier. The Brewers also moved within 2½ games of the first-place Cubs in the NL Central. Chicago lost 9-0 at Arizona.Gonzalez (9-11) was acquired in a trade with Washington on Aug. 31 in an effort to bolster the Brewers starting rotation. He has picked up a victory in two of his three starts with Milwaukee, and the Brewers have won all three games.It been easy to play with these guys because they make you feel welcome, Gonzalez said. There no added pressure. Just go out there and play the best you can.He allowed just two hits Wednesday both singles while striking out five and walking two https://www.redsuniformstore.com/Zach_Duke_Jersey-83.Reds right-hander Matt Harvey (7-9), a pitcher the Brewers nearly acquired a few weeks ago before a proposed deal fell through, gave up Aguilar game-changing home run.Aguilar, however, said his infield hit in the first inning for his 100th RBI set up his big night.I was thinking about the RBI almost every night, he explained. After that, Im good. It was an unbelievable feeling. When I get that 100, Im a new guy.A leadoff walk to Gonzalez put Harvey in trouble in the third inning. Christian Yelich reached on a one-out infield hit when no one covered first base on a bouncer fielded by Harvey.Aguilar followed with a high drive into the right-field bleachers, his team-leading 33rd home run of the season, to give the Brewers a 4-0 lead.Milwaukee broke open the game in the sixth on a three-run homer by Pina, who worked a 13-pitch at-bat, finally belting a hanging slider from Harvey into the left-field bleachers https://www.redsuniformstore.com/Brandon_Finnegan_Jersey-11. Domingo Santana tripled and Mike Moustakas was intentionally walked before Pina ninth homer of the season extended the lead to 7-0.The Reds had a conference on the mound during the long at-bat, but it didnt bother Pina.I was so focused, man, he said. After they gave an intentional walk to Moose, I was like, I need to do something this at-bat. He threw me pitches inside, outside, changeups, fastballs, sliders.He kind of tight. I knew he was going to hang any pitch and that the pitch I hit for a homer.Harvey was not happy with his outing, which dropped him to 1-3 with a 6.39 ERA in six career starts against the Brewers https://www.redsuniformstore.com/Matt_Kemp_Jersey-70. He allowed seven earned runs in 5 1 3 innings.The whole start was not good, he said. I have to be better.Corey Knebel, Junior Guerra and Freddy Peralta finished up for Milwaukee, each pitching one inning in the combined two-hitter.CHASE STILL ONBrewers manager Craig Counsell has not given up on catching the Cubs for a division title.Weve got nine games to go, Counsell said. Weve got plenty of baseball left. There are going to be some great moments. There are going to be plenty of tough moments. That all still ahead of us.Were just ready for it to happen. Weve put ourselves in a great position to enjoy the last 10 days of the season.The Brewers have six road games remaining (three Pittsburgh and three St. Louis) and the final three at home (against Detroit).Milwaukee ended its homestand with a 3-3 record against the Pirates and Reds.TRAINER ROOMBrewers CF Lorenzo Cain was not in the lineup after being taken out of Tuesday game with a right ribcage injury. Counsell said he wanted to be cautious with Cain, who ranks fourth in the NL in batting average (.308). The Brewers are off Thursday and Cain will be reassessed before Friday series opener in Pittsburgh. I definitely dont want to miss a game, Cain said. They told me that Im not looking myself up there right now. Santana got the start in right field his first game as a starter since June 12 and Yelich moved to center with Curtis Granderson in left https://www.redsuniformstore.com/Ron_Oester_Jersey-74. Infielder Travis Shaw was back in the lineup after being hit by a pitch Tuesday and leaving the game with a bruised right knee.

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