Cincinnati Reds defeat Milwaukee Brewers, 6-1

Cincinnati — One of Ken Macha's managerial philosophies is not to allow a starting pitcher to have a strong outing ruined by taking a late-inning loss.

That tactic worked nicely Wednesday night on a personal level for Chris Narveson but not so great for the Milwaukee Brewers.

Macha pulled Narveson while pitching a two-hit shutout in the seventh inning and watched as three relief pitchers blew the game sky-high, allowing Cincinnati to score six runs and come away with...

Cincinnati — The season became an unexpected journey for right-hander Jeremy Jeffress.

The Milwaukee Brewers' 2006 first-round draft pick missed the first two months while finishing a 100-game suspension for testing positive a third time for marijuana. He then was assigned to low Class A Wisconsin, moving up to high Class A Brevard County and eventually Class AA Huntsville.

Then the big leagues.

"I'm on cloud nine right now," Jeffress said Wednesday after reportin...