Brewers beat Reds 8-6 in first game of doubleheader

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CINCINNATI — Elian Herrera hit a tiebreaking home run on reliever J.J. Hoover’s first pitch of the eighth inning, sending the Milwaukee Brewers over the Cincinnati Reds 8-6 Saturday in the first game of a day-night doubleheader.

A day after the teams were rained out, the Brewers won their fifth in a row. They alos have taken five straight at Cincinnati.

The Reds made it 6-all in the seventh against Jeremy Jeffress (5-0) on Skip Schumaker’s bases-loaded double-play ball. Herrera then greeted Hoover (7-1) with his sixth homer of the season and first since Aug. 9.

Will Smith pitched the eighth and Francisco Rodriguez picked up his 34th save despite allowing one-out singles by Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips, who finished with four hits.