CINCINNATI, OH (WHBL) - The Milwaukee Brewers have lost back-to-back games for the first time since August 19th, after falling at Cincinnati Tuesday night, 4-2. The Brewers’ slim playoff hopes got even slimmer, as they dropped to four-and-a-half games behind Saint Louis for the final National League Wild Card spot with just eight to play. Milwaukee has lost three of its last four, while the Cardinals have won four straight after blanking Houston last night 4-0. Brewers’ manager Ron Roenicke said his team would need “big-time” help to get back in the Wild Card race, after his team had become a contender again by winning 24-of-30 before last Saturday. The Brewers never led last night. Dioner Navarro hit a two-run single in the second inning to put the Reds up for good. Cincy scored its final runs in the fifth on R-B-I doubles from Joey Votto and Jay Bruce. The Brewers scored their two runs on a long homer by Aramis Ramirez and an R-B-I single from Jean Segura. Mike Fiers was tagged for four runs in four-and-a-third innings, and he took the loss to fall to 9-9. Johnny Cueto picked up his 19th win of the season against nine losses. He went seven innings, giving up two runs on five hits with five strikeouts. The Central Division champion Reds are 8-5 against Milwaukee this season, and they’re tied with Washington for the best record in the Majors at 93-61. The Brewers need to win three of their last eight games to finish above .500, and they’ll play the Reds again tonight. Right-hander Shaun Marcum will start against Reds’ right-hander Bronson Arroyo. Coverage on WHBL begins at 5:35.
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