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Reds win, bullpen ends historic bad streak

Reds win, end bullpen's historic bad streak
Reds win, end bullpen's historic bad streak
Reds win, end bullpen's historic bad streak
Posted at 10:17 PM, May 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-06 22:39:41-04

CINCINNATI -- Brandon Phillips homered for the third straight game and the Cincinnati Reds' bullpen finally ended its historic streak of giving up runs, closing out a 5-1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday night.

Cincinnati's relievers had allowed at least one run in a major league-record 23 consecutive games. They put together four scoreless innings to end a streak that started on April 11.

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The Reds have won three in a row for the first time since sweeping the season-opening series against Philadelphia.

Tim Adleman (1-0) got his first major league victory in his second career start, holding the Brewers to Alex Presley's solo homer in five innings. The 28-year-old pitcher got his chance to finally reach the majors because of the Reds' depleted rotation.

Tony Cingrani got pinch-hitter Hernan Perez to fly out with the bases loaded in the eighth. Cingrani gave up a single by Jonathan Villar to open the ninth, but caught him leaning off first base and threw over to start a rundown.

With the crowd of 28,249 on its feet, he retired Ryan Braun on a flyout to end it.

Phillips' three-run shot in the third off Tyler Cravy (0-1) made it 5-0. It's the second time that Phillips has homered in three straight games -- he also did it in 2012.