Cincinnati Reds defeat Milwaukee Brewers, 5-4

Cincinnati — Not considered a running team and certainly not known for their defensive prowess, the Milwaukee Brewers had big nights on both fronts Monday night.

It still wasn't enough, which led to a frustrated group afterward.

Trevor Hoffman, who surrendered the closer's role with a nightmarish outing the last time the Brewers played at Great American Ball Park, was the loser again as the Cincinnati Reds pulled out a 5-4 victory on Jay Bruce's two-out RBI single in...

Cincinnati — Brewers leftfielder Ryan Braun says hitters should have a better chance in day games at Miller Park if the club continues to keep a couple of right-field roof panels closed as it did Sunday.

The new configuration kept the entire infield in shadow rather than have hitters standing in shadow and pitchers throwing out of sunlight. The result was an 8-4 victory over Pittsburgh in which Braun went 4 for 4 with a home run.

"There's no doubt it will help," said...

Cincinnati — Jay Bruce singled off Trevor Hoffman with two outs in the 10th inning Monday night, rallying the Cincinnati Reds to a 5-4 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers that extended their NL Central lead to a season-high six games.

The Reds are pulling away from second-place St. Louis, which lost at Houston 3-0 on Monday night. The six-game lead is Cincinnati biggest since 1995, the last time it reached the playoffs.

Hoffman (2-7) walked Ryan Hanigan to open the 10...