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RHP John Axford has allowed a career-high 10 home runs this season. On Saturday night, he gave up a two-run home run by Zack Cozart and a solo shot to Ryan Ludwick giving the Reds a 4-2 lead they would not relinquish. Axford (6-7) allowed three runs, including two homers, in one inning and took the loss. "When he's right, I want him in there," said Brewers manager Ron Roenicke of Axford. "But he's got to be more consistent. He was really good for a while."

RHP John Axford has allowed a career-high 10 home runs this season. On Saturday night, he allowed a two-run homer by Zack Cozart and a solo shot to Ryan Ludwick giving the Reds a 4-2 lead they would not relinquish. Axford (6-7) yielded three runs, including two homers, in one inning and took the loss. "When he's right, I want him in there," manager Ron Roenicke said of Axford. "But he's got to be more consistent. He was really good for a while."

SS Jean Segura isn't driving the ball like he did earlier in the season. Manager Ron Roenicke said the young shortstop might be experiencing some fatigue. "He doesn't seem quite the same," Roenicke said. "He's chopping the ball more. Earlier in the season, he was crushing the ball. We'd like to see that again." Segura has appeared in 125 games, including 122 at shortstop, a physically demanding position. He's batting .304 but just .263 since July 1.

SS Jean Segura isn't driving the ball like he did earlier in the season. Manager Ron Roenicke said the young shortstop might be experiencing some fatigue. "He doesn't seem quite the same," Roenicke said. "He's chopping the ball more. Earlier in the season, he was crushing the ball. We'd like to see that again." Segura has appeared in 125 games, including 122 at shortstop, a physically demanding position. He's batting .304 but just .263 since July 1.

RF Nori Aoki was on base five times in Friday night's win, including three hits and a walk, coming off a bout with right knee soreness. "He looked good," said manager Ron Roenicke. "I like the line drives he's hitting to left field. He's a good hitter. We need him in that leadoff spot, and getting on base. He plays good defense, too. He's really valuable to what we're trying to do." Aoki went 1-for-4 on Friday night.

RF Nori Aoki was on base five times in Saturday night's win, including three hits and a walk, coming off a bout with right knee soreness. "He looked good," manager Ron Roenicke said. "I like the line drives he's hitting to left field. He's a good hitter. We need him in that leadoff spot, and getting on base. He plays good defense, too. He's really valuable to what we're trying to do." Aoki went 1-for-4 on Saturday night.

RHP Yovani Gallardo believes his time on the disabled list might've benefited him. "You never want to be on the DL, period," he said. "But it was a fresh start for me. I was able to firm up my mechanics a little bit." Gallardo, who was on the DL from July 31 to Aug. 17 with a left hamstring injury, allowed just two earned runs on six hits in six innings during Friday's 6-4 win.

RHP Yovani Gallardo believes his time on the disabled list might have benefited him. "You never want to be on the DL, period," he said. "But it was a fresh start for me. I was able to firm up my mechanics a little bit." Gallardo, who was on the DL from July 31 to Aug. 17 with a left hamstring injury, allowed two earned runs and six hits in six innings during Friday's 6-4 win.

CF Carlos Gomez played nine innings and went 1-for-4 with a run scored on Saturday after not experiencing soreness in his right knee after playing eight innings on Friday, his first action since spraining his right knee on Aug. 15. "He's surprised he's not sore," said manager Ron Roenicke on Saturday. "That one play up against the wall (Brandon Phillips' homer), he felt it some. But today he's fine. We'll plan on going nine with him, and if something comes up we'll get him out of there."

CF Carlos Gomez played nine innings and went 1-for-4 with a run scored on Saturday after not experiencing soreness in his right knee after playing eight innings on Friday, his first action since spraining his right knee on Aug. 15. "He's surprised he's not sore," manager Ron Roenicke said. "That one play up against the wall (Brandon Phillips' homer), he felt it some. But today he's fine. We'll plan on going nine with him, and if something comes up we'll get him out of there."

RHP Marco Estrada is making his 16th start this season, but first against Cincinnati. In eight career appearances, including four starts, against the Reds, Estrada is 1-3 with a 4.24 ERA. He is 1-0 with a 2.65 ERA in three starts since coming off the disabled list on Aug. 6. The Brewers are 9-6 in his starts.

RHP Marco Estrada is making his 16th start this season but his first against Cincinnati. In eight career appearances, including four starts, against the Reds, Estrada is 1-3 with a 4.24 ERA. He is 1-0 with a 2.65 ERA in three starts since coming off the disabled list on Aug. 6. The Brewers are 9-6 in his starts.

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