CINCINNATI — Prince Fielder made amends by apologizing, then hit a two-run homer Tuesday night that helped the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Cincinnati Reds 8-1 and quickly move beyond their ugly altercation in the dugout.
The Brewers were on their best behavior a day after Fielder shoved pitcher Manny Parra in the dugout during a series-opening loss. Fielder apologized before the game on Tuesday, then helped Milwaukee's uptight offense relax by hitting his sixth homer in his last nine games.
Right-hander Dave Bush (6-9) was among those who pulled Fielder away from Parra on Monday night, and he ended up pinned underneath the bulky first baseman and several teammates. One night later, he was on top of his game.
Bush allowed only three hits in seven innings, retiring 17 consecutive batters after Edwin Encarnacion drove in a run with an infield single in the first inning. It was a breakthrough performance for Bush, who was 0-2 with a 14.24 ERA in five previous starts at Great American Ball Park.
Notes: Reds reliever Jared Burton, on the DL with a strained muscle in his right side, felt tenderness when he threw off a bullpen mound on Monday night. ”I had a little setback yesterday,“ Burton said. ”I tried to let it out, and it didn't cooperate, so I had to back off a little bit. I had been feeling great all week.“
Ticket scam hits Reds fans
About 400 Great American Ball Park Diamond Club tickets have been illegally obtained from the Reds and are being promoted and resold through unauthorized Web sites and third-party listings, according to a release from the team
Only resold Diamond Club tickets using print-at-home delivery are affected. Fans who bought resold tickets to the Diamond Club are advised to contact their source of purchase, because these resold ticket tickets will not be honored for admission.