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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.
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
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