- Associated Press - Thursday, August 9, 2012

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.

GIANTS 15, CARDINALS 0

ST. LOUIS (AP) _ Marco Scutaro hit a grand slam and drove in a career-high seven runs, leading Ryan Vogelsong and the San Francisco Giants romped past St. Louis.

Scutaro had an RBI single in the third, a two-run double in the eighth and then hit his third career slam, connecting in the ninth off Mitchell Boggs.

Ahead 2-0, the Giants broke it open with five runs in the sixth. They turned the game into a rout with four runs in the eighth and four more in the ninth.

Vogelsong (10-5) gave up three hits in seven innings. He has gone at least six innings in all 21 of his starts, the longest such streak for a Giants pitcher since Bill Swift did it 24 straight times in 1993.

Joe Kelly (2-5) took the loss.

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.

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