MILWAUKEE (AP) - Ryan Braun snapped an 0-for-18 slump with an RBI double in the eighth inning, lifting Milwaukee to a three-game sweep of Cincinnati with a 3-2 win Wednesday.
Jonathan Broxton (1-1) started the eighth with the Reds leading 2-1. He retired the first two batters before an infield single by Norichka Aoki. With Carlos Gomez up, Aoki stole second and took third on catcher Dioner Navarro’s throwing error. Gomez hit a soft liner that just got over the outstretched glove of shortstop Wilson Valdez and Aoki scored to tie the game.
Gomez stole second and Braun followed with a sharp liner into left to drive in Gomez.
Broxton had given up only three hits and no earned runs in his last four outings.
John Axford (4-6) pitched the eighth for the win and Jim Henderson got his second career save in as many days.
The Reds’ fourth straight loss matched their season-worst set June 18-22.
PADRES 2, CUBS 0
SAN DIEGO (AP) _ Clayton Richard threw a five-hitter and San Diego swept Chicago.
Richard (9-11) held the Cubs to five singles and pitched out of trouble three times to hand Chicago its eighth straight loss.
Richard struck out five, walked one and hit a batter as the Cubs had a runner reach third base three times.
Chicago scored four runs _ all in Tuesday night’s 7-4 loss _ and had 15 hits in the three-game series.
San Diego’s runs came on Will Venable’s RBI double in the second inning and Yonder Alonso’s run-scoring single in the eighth.
Richard has three career complete games and two shutouts.
Jeff Samardzija (7-10) allowed one run and four hits in seven innings. He struck out five and walked two.
PIRATES 7, DIAMONDBACKS 6