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Preview: Reds (60-67) at Brewers (70-56)
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Game: 3
Venue: Miller Park
Date: September 15, 2013 2:10 PM EDT
  

Winning a series at Miller Park for the first time in 16 months isn't likely to be easy for the Cincinnati Reds.

That's because they must face red-hot Milwaukee Brewers starter Yovani Gollardo, who will try to slow the Reds' push for a playoff spot Sunday.

After dropping three of four, including a 5-1 loss to open this three-game set, Cincinnati (84-65) bounced back with a 7-3 victory Saturday. That helped the Reds stay close in a three-team battle for the NL Central while maintaining their advantage over surging Washington for the second wild-card spot.

"Every game, from my perspective, it's as important in April as it is in September," said Joey Votto, who hit his 23rd home run. "But, we've got a pretty good idea of what's happening around you. You have an idea of who's behind you and who's ahead of you, how many games you need to make up."

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Cincinnati had dropped eight of 11 at Miller Park, where its last series win was May 7-9, 2012.

Despite Saturday's outburst, the Reds have scored 3.3 runs per game - a run lower than their season average - in their last 11. Those struggles could continue against Gallardo (11-9, 4.18 ERA), who looks to win a season-best fourth consecutive decision.

Since returning in mid-August from a stint on the disabled list because of a hamstring injury, the right-hander has returned to the form that helped him win a combined 33 games from 2011-12. Gallardo is 3-0 with a 1.35 ERA over his last five starts, limiting opponents to a .198 average.

"I've been feeling good," Gallardo said. "That's the main thing and to be consistent. The year hasn't gone the way I wanted it to, but coming off the DL kind of refreshes the mental side and you can go out there and just pitch."

Gallardo pitched the Brewers (64-83) to a pair of victories over Cincinnati upon his return from injury, allowing two earned runs in 12 1-3 innings. He's 3-1 with a 1.84 ERA in his last five outings against the Reds.

Votto and Shin-Soo Choo went a combined 4 for 6 with two home runs and six RBIs Saturday, but they're 0 for 18 when facing Gallardo this season.

Cincinnati counters with right-hander Bronson Arroyo (13-11, 3.58), who has received just five runs of support over a three-start winless drought.

The Reds, however, have won all three of his starts against the Brewers this season as he's gone 2-0 with a 2.11 ERA. None of those games came in Milwaukee, where he's 5-3 with a 2.80 ERA in 11 career starts.

Rookie Scooter Gennett, 9 for 21 in his last six games, has gone 3 for 6 with a home run against Arroyo. Carlos Gomez is 3 for 19 lifetime in this matchup, but he's 5 for 7 with six RBIs in this series.

Milwaukee's Aramis Ramirez hasn't played since getting hit on the left wrist by a pitch Friday, though he might be able to return for this contest.

The Brewers have a chance to win their first home series since sweeping Miami from July 19-21.

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Reds at Brewers
Fri, Sep 13 Final 1 to 5
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 2
Reds at Brewers
Sat, Sep 14 Final 7 to 3
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 3
Reds at Brewers
Sun, Sep 15 Final 5 to 6
 Boxscores    Recaps

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