Series: Game 2 of 3

Series tied 1-1 (as of 9/13)

Game 1: Friday, September 12
Game 2: Saturday, September 13
Game 3: Sunday, September 14

Reds 5

(71-78, 31-43 away)

Brewers 1

(77-72, 40-37 home)

    Coverage:  FSWI

    7:10 PM ET, September 13, 2014

    Miller Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 

    123456789 R H E
    CIN 000200210 5 10 0
    MIL 000100000 1 2 1

    W: D. Holmberg (1-1)

    L: Y. Gallardo (8-10)

    Reds-Brewers Preview


    Now that the Milwaukee Brewers have managed to string together some victories, they need Yovani Gallardo to end his lengthy struggles at home.

    Losers in Gallardo's last seven starts at Miller Park, the Brewers hope to halt that slide while trying for a fourth consecutive victory Saturday night against the Cincinnati Reds.

    After losing 16 of 19, Milwaukee (77-71) took the final two of a four-game home series with Miami, then received an RBI single from Lyle Overbay in the ninth to beat Cincinnati 3-2 on Friday.

    The victory kept the Brewers 1 1/2 games behind Pittsburgh for the NL's final wild-card spot.

    "We've got to relax and take care of our own business, and see where we are at the end of the year," Overbay said.

    The Brewers, however need Gallardo (8-9, 3.61 ERA) to get back on track, especially at home, where he's 2-6 with a 4.48 ERA in 15 starts and hasn't won since May 28.

    The right-hander is 0-4 with a 5.65 ERA in his last seven outings at Miller Park. He has allowed 16 runs -- 12 earned -- and 26 hits while walking nine and striking out nine over 12 2/3 innings while losing his last three there.

    Gallardo gave up three solo homers and six runs total in 3 2/3 innings of a 6-4 home loss to Miami on Monday, dropping him to 0-3 with a 5.95 ERA in his last four starts overall.

    "It's been up in the zone. That's basically it," he said. "You can't pitch at this level throwing the ball up in the zone."

    Gallardo allowed four runs in six innings of a 6-2 loss at Cincinnati on May 3, but has yielded three over 14 innings while not factoring in the decision of the last two against the Reds (70-78). He gave up one of those runs and struck out eight in seven innings of Milwaukee's 4-2 home victory June 14.

    After homering Thursday in his return to the lineup from not starting the previous two contests because of a thumb injury, Ryan Braun went 2 for 3 with an RBI in the series opener. The Milwaukee star went 1 for 17 in his first five games against the Reds this season but is 7 for 15 with five RBIs in his last four.

    Braun and the Brewers will get their first look at David Holmberg (0-1, 8.25 ERA), who takes the place of the injured Dylan Axelrod in Cincinnati's rotation.

    The left-hander allowed 11 runs, 12 hits and walked seven over 5 1/3 innings while going 0-1 in two spot starts this season for the Reds. However, he'll take the mound Saturday after pitching 6 2/3 scoreless innings of relief over two outings since being called up this month.

    "He needs to get comfortable in the environment," Reds manager Bryan Price told MLB's official website.

    Brandon Phillips is 0 for 21 in his last six road contests for Cincinnati, which had its three-game winning streak snapped. The Reds have dropped four straight and 11 of 12 away from home.

    Phillips, though, is 6 for 9 this season and 15 for his last 35 with a home run versus Gallardo.

    Milwaukee's Khris Davis is expected to play Saturday after sitting the last two contests with forearm tightness.

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    Gameday Matchup

    Current StreakW2L1
    Last 105-53-7

    Pitching Matchup

    D. Holmberg
    2-2, 4.80 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/25 vs MIL
    6.0 IP, 2 ER
    Dec = Win
    Y. Gallardo
    8-11, 3.51 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/25 at CIN
    5.0 IP, 3 ER
    Dec = Loss

    Gameday Lineups

    1. B. Hamilton, CF C. Gomez, CF
    2. B. Pena, 1B R. Braun, RF
    3. T. Frazier, 3B J. Lucroy, 1B
    4. D. Mesoraco, C A. Ramirez, 3B
    5. B. Phillips, 2B K. Davis, LF
    6. J. Bruce, RF R. Weeks, 2B
    7. R. Ludwick, LF M. Maldonado, C
    8. Z. Cozart, SS H. Gomez, SS
    9. D. Holmberg, P Y. Gallardo, P