MILWAUKEE (AP) - Ryan Braun, Prince Fielder and Casey McGehee have all gotten off to sizzling starts for the Brewers. All three went quiet against Aroldis Chapman and the Reds.
The middle of Milwaukee's order finished 0 for 12 and ace Yovani Gallardo gave up six runs in the Brewers' 7-6 loss in 10 innings to Cincinnati on Wednesday.
``It's just the way it is. Our swings were good. That's baseball, unfortunately. You can't average four hits a game,' Fielder said. ``It's not basketball. It's not going to be a high scoring percentage every day.'
Drew Stubbs hit a solo homer in the 10th inning off Sergio Mitre (0-1) that was the difference after Milwaukee had rallied to tie from deficits of 4-0 and 6-4.
``Baseball is crazy. Like today, we lost the game by one run. The big guys today in the lineup didn't do too good,' center fielder Carlos Gomez said.
The Brewers would've settled for one timely hit in the eighth when Chapman (2-0) got out of a bases-loaded jam using 101 mph fastballs.
After Chapman hit Rickie Weeks to load the bases, he struck out Gomez and forced Braun to weakly ground out on a 101 mph offering. Chapman threw 17 of his 19 pitches for strikes.
``It's tough. You just know you put it in play and anything can happen. Obviously that's why they brought him in because they needed strikeouts at the time,' Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. ``Once he hit Rickie, I felt pretty good. And then all of a sudden he was throwing strikes.'
Francisco Cordero pitched a perfect 10th for his fourth save in as many chances.
Gallardo's struggles have continued since a strong start to the season.
After throwing a two-hitter in a 1-0 win over Atlanta on April 5, Gallardo has given up at least four runs in his last four starts as his ERA has ballooned from 1.20 to 5.69.
He gave up three straight hits to start the game and Joey Votto hit a 3-1 fastball over the Brewers' bullpen in left-center field to make it 3-0. Paul Janish's sacrifice fly made it 4-0.
``I feel fine. I think it's just a matter of finding a rhythm I guess. I felt a lot better as the game went on,' Gallardo said. ``I just got to keep moving forward. I know you guys keep hearing the same thing from me but I can't go back and chance anything.
Gomez's two-run single in the third, Lucroy's grounder in the fourth and a throwing error by Janish, the shortstop, allowed a run tied it.
In the sixth, both teams scored twice.
Votto and Brandon Phillips hit RBI singles. Pinch-hitter Mark Kotsay singled in one run and Weeks hit a sacrifice fly that tied it again.
Braun set a franchise record for reaching base safely in consecutive games to start a season at 24 when he was hit by a pitch in the fifth to top Robin Yount's mark that stood 28 years, but both Braun and McGehee saw 11-game hitting streaks snapped.
``They took good at_bats, but no results,' Gomez said. ``Sometimes you feel good, you do good and you don't get any results. Sometimes you feel worse and you get a lot of base hits.'
NOTES: Brewers RF Corey Hart started for the first time this season since returning from an oblique injury and collected two hits. ... The Brewers had someone spend the night with INF/OF Erick Almonte (concussion) as a precaution. ... Milwaukee hasn't committed since April 18, a span of 76 innings. ... The Brewers said they've sold more than 2 million tickets already this year. Attendance is expected to be close to 3 million.
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