MILWAUKEE (AP) – The Cincinnati Reds won their 10th consecutive road game, beating the Milwaukee Brewers 4-1 Saturday night behind Ryan Freel’s two-run triple with two outs in the seventh inning.

The Reds, winners of five straight overall, have won 10 in a row on the road for the first time since June 25 to July 15, 1998. No major league team had won that many consecutive road games since the Seattle Mariners won 13 straight in 2003.

Ramon Ortiz (7-8) and three relievers combined on a two-hitter for the Reds. Geoff Jenkins singled and Bill Hall doubled off Ortiz to start the fifth for Milwaukee’s only hits. Jenkins scored on Chris Magruder’s groundout.

Matt Belisle, Jason Standridge and David Weathers each worked a perfect inning in relief. Weathers earned his ninth save in 11 chances.

Milwaukee, at .500 and in wild-card contention less than a week ago, has lost five straight games for the first time since June 6-13.

Freel was in a 2-for-23 slump entering play and was held out of the starting lineup Friday night with a strained right quadriceps. He had two hits Saturday, including the key triple in a three-run seventh.

Jose Valentin started the rally with a one-out single. Rich Aurilia walked and pinch-hitter Jacob Cruz singled to load the bases.

Felipe Lopez hit a sacrifice fly to tie the score at 1, and Freel followed a triple into the right-field corner off reliever Dana Eveland.

The Reds added a run in the eighth on an RBI double by pinch-hitter Edwin Encarnacion.

Cincinnati is 27-19 since Dave Miley was fired on June 21 and Jerry Narron was named interim manager. The Reds are 19-9 since the All-Star break. Milwaukee is 14-15.

Ortiz went six innings, striking out three.

Brewers starter Tomo Ohka (7-7) gave up nine hits in 6 1-3 innings. He threw just 85 pitches before giving way to Eveland with the bases loaded and one out in the seventh.

Right fielder Jenkins threw out Aurilia trying to score on a bloop single by Freel in the third.

Notes: Reds pitchers have had seven straight quality starts for the first time since 2002. … Milwaukee CF Brady Clark missed his second straight game with a bruised ribcage. Brewers manager Ned Yost said Clark might remain out until a series against Houston next weekend.

AP-ES-08-13-05 2147EDT


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