Fielder homers, Brewers beat Reds 9-6

CINCINNATI (AP) — Ken Macha has seen the Home Run Derby turn power hitters into hapless swingers. So,
when Prince Fielder won the All-Star competition this week, the Milwaukee manager wondered if it would
mess with his swing.
One homer eased his mind.
Fielder hit a three-run shot that got Milwaukee’s offense going, and the Brewers took a first step in
turning themselves around after the All-Star break by beating the Cincinnati Reds 9-6 on Thursday night.

Fielder won the All-Star home run competition on Monday night in St. Louis by hitting 23 balls over the
wall. His homer Thursday was his 23rd of the season. Fielder got the Brewers started on their
second-half quest — catching the Cardinals in the NL Central — by connecting in the third inning off
Homer Bailey (1-1).
Obviously, the derby didn’t mess him up.
"I swing hard," Fielder said. "So I’m not going to say it couldn’t, but I really don’t
worry about that as much."
Macha did. Asked if he has concerns about Fielder being affected by all those swings in the derby, Macha
quickly replied, "Sure do. But coming out and hitting one like that tonight, maybe it had no effect
on him."
Braden Looper (8-4) went 5 1-3 innings and had three hits of his own, including a broken-bat, RBI single
that extended Milwaukee’s five-run rally in the sixth inning. The three hits — all singles — matched his
total for the season and were a career high.
"I don’t know," Looper said. "Just one of those things, one of those days. I didn’t have
some masterful plan. I was just trying to swing and hit it."
Seth McClung gave up a three-run homer in the eighth by Edwin Encarnacion, who drove in four runs
overall. Trevor Hoffman pitched the ninth for his 21st save in 23 chances.
The Brewers went into the All-Star break losing eight of 11, a slide that dropped them into second place
behind St. Louis. The victory on Thursday moved them two games behind the idle Cardinals.
"We finished the first half on a little bit of a downer note," Macha said. "All wins are
good, some better than others. It’s nice to get a start like that."
The Reds have dropped seven of nine, falling four games under .500 for the first time this season and
deflating their hopes of staying in the race.
Fielder, the Brewers’ most consistent hitter all season, got them started by connecting on a 93 mph,
down-the-middle fastball in the third inning. Bailey began berating himself as soon as the ball left the
bat, stomping his right foot on the mound and muttering to himself.
"I made some bad pitches, like the one to Prince," Bailey said. "He won the Home Run
Derby, and I guess he carried it over to Cincinnati."