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MILWAUKEE (AP) – The Milwaukee Brewers became the first major league team in 40 years to hit five home runs in one inning, and Damian Miller went 4-for-4 with three doubles and five RBIs in an 11-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday.

Dave Bush pitched a four-hitter with a season-high nine strikeouts for his second career shutout and fourth complete game. Bill Hall, Miller, Brady Clark, J.J. Hardy and Prince Fielder all homered for Milwaukee in a seven-run fourth.

The last team to hit five homers in an inning was the Minnesota Twins on June 9, 1966, in the seventh against the Kansas City Athletics. Three other teams have accomplished the feat: the 1939 New York Giants, 1949 Philadelphia Phillies and 1961 San Francisco Giants – all against Cincinnati as well.

Bush (2-1) struck out five straight Reds in the third and fourth and walked two batters overall. His other shutout was a two-hitter on Oct. 1, 2004, with Toronto against the New York Yankees.

Miller, a catcher known more for his defense than his bat, matched a career best with four hits. His three doubles gave him eight in his last four games.

Brandon Claussen (1-2) gave up nine runs and eight hits in three-plus innings. He failed to get an out in the fourth while giving up the first four Brewers home runs in the inning. Milwaukee sent 10 batters to the plate in the fourth, and five homered.

Hall led off with a homer to left. Rickie Weeks followed with a single to extend his hitting streak to a career-high 10 games. Miller then hit a two-run shot to left.

Bush singled, and Clark and Hardy followed with back-to-back homers, chasing Claussen.

Chris Hammond came on and struck out Geoff Jenkins and Carlos Lee before Fielder homered to right. Hall flied out to end the inning, and the fans greeted the out with a standing ovation.

Miller’s bases-loaded double in the second drove in three and put Milwaukee up 3-0.

The Brewers, who started the season 5-0, had lost five of six. The loss snapped the Reds’ three-game winning streak, which had pushed them five games above .500 for the first time since July 2004.

Notes: Claussen tied a big league record for most home runs allowed in one inning by a pitcher. He is the fourth Reds pitcher to do so, joining Mario Soto, Jeff Austin and Jose Acevedo. … Miller has driven in five runs two other times, including June 8, 2004, against the Reds. … The fourth-inning home runs by Miller and Clark were their first of the season. … Reds RHP Paul Wilson will make a rehab start Wednesday for Class-A Dayton. Wilson has been in extended spring training after having surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff and frayed labrum in his right shoulder last June. Wilson was 1-7 with a 7.77 ERA in nine starts for the Reds last year.

AP-ES-04-22-06 1657EDT

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