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Brewers 7, Reds 4

June 20, 1999

CINCINNATI (AP) _ Geoff Jenkins put Milwaukee ahead with a two-run double in the eighth and Jose Valentin added a two-run homer as the Brewers rallied for a 7-4 victory Sunday over the Cincinnati Reds.

The Brewers got five doubles and homers from Jeff Cirillo, Brian Banks and Valentin as they overcame a 3-1 deficit set up by Valentin’s problems in the field.

Milwaukee cut it to 4-3 when Cirillo and Banks homered off Brett Tomko, who tied a club record by giving up five homers in his start last Tuesday against the Mets. The right-hander retired the first 14 Brewers and struck out a season-high nine over 6 1-3 innings.

Cirillo started the go-ahead rally in the eighth with a leadoff walk from Scott Sullivan. Dennys Reyes (1-1), a left-hander who had held lefties to a .209 average, relieved and gave up a single by Jeromy Burnitz and a two-run double to center by Jenkins _ both left-handed batters.

After twice fouling off bunt attempts, Valentin hit his second homer in two games in the ninth off Scott Williamson for the final two runs.

David Weathers (5-2) pitched the seventh for the win and Bob Wickman pitched the ninth for his 12th save in 14 chances.

Third base umpire Joe West was hit on the right side of the face by a throw from third baseman Mark Lewis in the fifth inning, but stayed in the game.

Milwaukee was forced to come from behind after a ragged fifth inning that undercut Jim Abbott and put the Reds up 4-1.

Pokey Reese started the inning with a grounder that went off Valentin’s glove at shortstop for an error, Jeffrey Hammonds walked and Sean Casey singled for a 2-1 lead.

Abbott walked Greg Vaughn to load the bases and bring up Barry Larkin, who has the most at-bats among active players without a grand slam (5,947). Valentin drifted into shallow left field on Larkin’s pop up, shading his eyes with his glove, then turned his head when he lost track of it. The ball dropped for a run-scoring single.

Abbott left after walking Mike Cameron on four pitches to force in another run. Abbott gave up seven hits and four runs _ three earned _ in 4 1-3 innings.

The Reds’ first run also was aided by a misstep in the outfield. Burnitz initially broke in on Tomko’s line drive to right, allowing it to sail over his head for an RBI double in the second.

West got hit on the side of the face in the fifth, when Jenkins doubled off the glove of third baseman Mark Lewis to drive in a run. The ball rolled into foul territory and Lewis retrieved it and tried to throw to second to get Jenkins, but the ball hit West.

West stayed on his feet and stayed in the game after a trainer examined his jaw.

Notes: Milwaukee tied its season high with the five doubles. ... Abbott is 1-7 with a 7.60 ERA in his 11 starts. ... Abbott took called third strikes in both at-bats. He had singled for his first major league hit in his last start. ... Tomko has given up a team-high 16 homers in 69 1-3 innings. ... Cincinnati returned from a 9-3 road trip _ its most successful in 18 years _ and went 3-7 on its homestand. ... Reliever Mark Wohlers will join the Reds’ Double-A team in Chattanooga to continue his rehab assignment. Wohlers threw 10 strikes in 20 pitches, walked one and struck out two in one inning for Single-A Rockford on Saturday night.

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