CINCINNATI (AP) – Lyle Overbay hit two home runs, including a grand slam, and drove in a career-high six runs as the Milwaukee Brewers pounded Brandon Claussen and beat the Cincinnati Reds 11-7 Saturday.

Carlos Lee also homered and drove in three runs to take over the National League lead with 82 RBIs, one more than Chicago’s Derrek Lee.

Overbay had his second career multihomer game – both this season against the Reds. He is 7-for-11 (.636) with four home runs in his career against Claussen.

Claussen, who tied a club record by allowing five home runs in his last game, gave up three homers Saturday. He allowed six hits and nine runs with four strikeouts in 3 2-3 innings.

Claussen (4-8) also walked three and hit a batter, all in the fourth inning. He has given up eight homers in 7 1-3 innings over his last two starts.

Victor Santos (3-10) struggled through five innings to earn his first win since May 24. He allowed nine hits and five runs with three walks and three strikeouts.

Overbay’s two-run homer gave Milwaukee a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Carlos Lee made it 4-0 with a two-out solo homer in the third, his 24th homer of the season.

Ryan Freel scored from second on Sean Casey’s bloop single to right-center field in the third, but the Brewers took advantage of Claussen’s control problems to break open the game in the fourth.

Three walks and a hit batsman scored one run and loaded the bases, setting up Overbay’s second career grand slam, a 407-foot shot into the right-field seats. He has 14 homers this season, two short of the career-high 16 he hit last season.

Overbay hit his other grand slam against the Reds, connecting off Jimmy Haynes on May 4, 2004. His other two-homer game came in Cincinnati on April 29.

Claussen threw 36 of his 90 pitches in the fourth inning.

The Reds got consecutive run-scoring singles by Felipe Lopez and Casey, and Adam Dunn’s two-run double to left in the fifth, but Lee responded with a two-run homer, his 24th, in the sixth.

Dunn drove in another run with a single and Austin Kearns hit a sacrifice fly in the seventh.

Notes: The Reds traded 3B Joe Randa to San Diego for two minor-league right-handers and called up 3B Edwin Encarnacion from Triple-A Louisville. … OF Ken Griffey Jr. went 0-for-5, snapping his streak of 25 consecutive games reaching base. … Geoff Jenkins singled in the fifth to extend his career-best hitting streak to 16 games, Milwaukee’s longest of the season. … Overbay extended his hitting streak to seven games. … Claussen is 0-4 over five starts since his last win on June 21. … Santos was 0-6 in his nine starts between wins. … The Reds blew their seventh opportunity for their first four-game win streak of the season. … The crowd of 36,320 included a season-high walkup of 10,185 on Sean Casey Figurine Night.

AP-ES-07-23-05 2250EDT


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