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MILWAUKEE —Martin Maldonado liked what he saw from his pitcher—and the way
his teammates beat up on a longtime Brewers nemesis, too. Tom Brady White Jersey . Yovani Gallardo
pitched seven innings, and Maldonado homered and drove in three runs to help
Milwaukee beat the Cincinnati Reds 6-3 Monday night. Gallardo (10-8) gave up six
hits, three walks and one run to equal his longest outing of the season and
reach a double-digit win total for the fourth straight year. Bronson Arroyo
(7-7) gave up 10 hits, five walks and five runs in 5 1-3 innings, as the Reds
lost for the second straight day after winning 15 of 16. Their last two-game
losing “streak” came before the All-Star Break, July 3-4 at the Los Angeles
Dodgers “We were able to put something good together and get some runs,
especially against Arroyo,” the Brewers catcher said. “Hes a pretty good
pitcher.” As for Gallardo, “everything” was working, Maldonado said. “He had a
good breaking ball,” he said. “He was spotting the fastball where he should be
and (had) a good slider.” Aramis Ramirez, Corey Hart and Maldonado homered for
the Brewers as part of a four-run sixth inning. Still, the Brewers struggling
bullpen made it interesting, again. The Reds, down 5-1, scored twice in the
eighth. Francisco Rodriguez relieved Gallardo in the inning and gave up a
single, double and walk to load the bases with one out before being lifted to a
smattering of boos from the announced crowd of 31,319. John Axford then gave up
an RBI single to pinch-hitter Xavier Paul and a sacrifice fly to Dioner Navarro
—a ball that could have been a double but for a great sliding catch in the gap
by Norichika Aoki. “Its just nice to have something seem to go my way,” Axford
said. “I felt a lot looser than I have in the past. Thats something I think Ive
lacked this year – just being a little too uptight, a little too rigid up there
on the mound. Im just getting back to a relaxed stage, where I was last year and
where I have been at points this year.” Maldonado added an RBI double in the
eighth, scoring Rickie Weeks. Axford stayed in to pitch a perfect ninth for his
18th save in 25 chances. Gallardo is 63-42 in his career but has struggled
against the Reds. Entering play, he was 4-5 with a 5.06 ERA in 14 starts against
Cincinnati, including a 1-2 mark this season. Gallardo was a different pitcher
Monday, allowing just one runner past second base before Zack Cozart smacked a
one-out home run in the seventh. “They have got pretty good hitters on that
side, and I have faced them quite a bit,” Gallardo said. “Its no secret. They
know what I throw and what I like to throw. Its just a matter of keeping the
ball down and moving around.” Gallardos teammates helped him out on defence,
too. Aoki robbed Jay Bruce of extra bases in the second, when he leaped against
the wall in right to snag a fly ball. And in the fifth, Corey Hart made a
full-extension diving catch in foul territory on Arroyos sacrifice bunt attempt
after Ryan Hanigan walked to lead off the inning. “A couple nice catches today,”
Roenicke said of Aoki, who had nine putouts. “Two big plays, and those plays,
they turn games around. Shutting an offence when you make plays like that is
big.” Arroyo had won his last three starts and was 2-0 with a 2.66 ERA against
the Brewers this season, 13-8 for his career. On June 26, he took a no-hitter
into the eighth inning but came away with a no decision in a 4-3 Reds victory,
retiring 20 straight batters at one point. This time, Arroyo cruised until the
fifth, when Maldonado led with a double off the right-centre field wall and
scored two batters later on Gallardos RBI single. Arroyo didnt last through the
sixth. With one out, Ramirez made it 2-0 with his 14th home run of the year into
the Brewers bullpen in left field. Hart followed two pitches later with his 21st
homer, a 444-foot blast to the Harley-Davidson seating deck high above the
bullpen. Then, after Weeks singled, Maldonado sent a towering fly ball just over
the left-field wall and the glove of a leaping Ryan Ludwick. It was Maldonados
first home run since June 20, a span of 33 games and 108 at-bats. “We couldnt
get Maldonado out,” Reds Manager Dusty Baker said. “We all thought the home run
was a pop up.” The Reds had won 15 of their last 17 despite a loss to Pittsburgh
on Sunday, came in 4 1-2 games ahead of the Pirates in the NL Central and, at
66-42, were off to their best 108-game start since 1995. They had won nine
straight road games. Milwaukee had just gotten swept in three games at St.
Louis, where they were outscored 18-4, dropping the club back to a season-worst
11 games under .500. NOTES: Before the game, the Brewers recalled shortstop
prospect Jean Segura from Double-A Huntsville and inserted him into the starting
lineup, batting eighth. Segura, 22, was the top player acquired from the Los
Angeles Angels in their deal for Milwaukee right-hander Zack Greinke in July. He
took the 25-man roster spot held by shortstop Cesar Izturis, who has been
claimed by the Washington Nationals off waivers. ... 2B Brandon Phillips
returned to the Reds lineup Monday after missing the last five games with a
strained left calf. . The Brewers have now hit back-to-back- homers five times
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charity game for Nov. ATLANTA —Andy Roddick knows John Isners serve is one of
the toughest to face on the ATP World Tour. To have a chance to beat Isner,
Roddick had to protect his own serve. “I did what I was supposed to,” Roddick
said. “Youre not going to beat John if you get broken a lot. I was able to fight
off a little bit of trouble early in the first set. I just competed well
tonight.” Roddick, the No. 4 seed, beat top-seeded John Isner 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-4
in the semifinals of the Atlanta Open on Saturday night. Roddick will play
Luxembourgs Gilles Muller, who knocked off No. 8 Go Soeda of Japan 6-4, 6-3, for
his 32nd ATP World Tour title on Sunday. A victory over Muller would give
Roddick his 32nd tour title and second in his past three events. Isner was
attempting to win his second straight event for the first time in his seven-year
career, but fell short in Atlanta for the third straight year. He lost to Mardy
Fish in the past two Atlanta finals. “Its pretty disappointing,” Isner said.
“(Fish and Roddick are) good friends of mine. Its tough. Ive always wanted to
win this tournament, but it just wasnt to be. Theres really no shame in losing
to either of those guys. Thats for sure.” Roddick, who has won nine of his past
10 matches, will team up with Isner as U.S. doubles partners when the Olympics
begin next week at Wimbledon. The first set was delayed 44 minutes after Isner
took a 3-2 lead. When play resumed, Roddick won four of the next five games and
took the set as Isner struggled with his forehand accuracy. Despite ending the
match with 26 aces and winning 81 per cent of his first-serve points, Isner was
out of sync with his returns. Its a label thats stuck with Isner during his
seven-year career. The 6-foot-9 Isner matched his fastest serve of the match, at
140 mph, late in the third, but his footwork looked sluggish as he moved side to
side, and his forehand kept falling wide or into the net. Aaron Hernandez Black Jersey. “That was
pretty apparent to see,” Isner said. “I missed a lot of forehands. Then again,
in all of my matches this tournament, I missed a lot of forehands. For me to
play and do well in the tournament, I need that shot. It wasnt really there for
me.” Losing a second-set tiebreaker was tough on Roddick, but he knew it would
be tough to win one in the third. Thats often a big part of Isners strategy, to
get into a tiebreaker and break an opponent so that hes serving out for a set or
match. But Roddick avoided the aggravation, breaking Isner in the 10th game of
the third set to close out the ma