CINCINNATI (AP) -- Brewers manager Ron Roenicke is trying everything and getting the same, tired result. His team loses again.
Jason Marquis ended Cincinnati's long streak of clutch-hitting futility with a run-scoring single, and slumping Jay Bruce homered and drove in three runs on Monday night, leading the Reds to a 9-6 victory.
Cincinnati ended a three-game losing streak by beating the worst team in the majors, one that's trying everything to get going. Roenicke left slumping Ryan Braun out of the lineup on Monday to change things up.
All it led to was another loss that dropped the Brewers to 4-16. They have yet to win back-to-back games.
"Same thing," Roenicke said. "You hope that win from yesterday carries over and you have a good offensive performance and you pitch well, and neither one went well. And the fielding didn't go well.
"So that's what we're battling. We're not stringing together one good game after another."
Marquis (2-1) had an RBI single during a four-run second inning that snapped the Reds' 0-for-20 streak with runners in scoring position. He allowed two runs and seven hits in a season-high eight innings, throwing 113 pitches.
Jean Segura had a two-run single in the ninth off Aroldis Chapman as the Reds' bullpen gave up four runs. Braun pinch-hit and struck out to end it.
Milwaukee's Jimmy Nelson (1-2) had the wildest performance of his career. The right-hander walked a career-high five batters and threw two wild pitches, one of which let in a run, while lasting only 2 1/3 innings.
"Pretty much overall I was bad," Nelson said. "It's upsetting not to give them a chance. Everybody has days like this."
Nelson had walked a total of four batters in his first three starts this season and hadn't allowed a homer until Bruce connected for a two-run shot in the second inning. Bruce added a sacrifice fly. The right fielder came into the game batting .161 and was out of the starting lineup on Sunday, getting a day of rest.
Roenicke left Braun off his lineup card for a second consecutive day because he wanted to keep his offense closer to the one that beat St. Louis 6-3 on Sunday.
"I expected our offense after yesterday to bounce back and do it again," Roenicke said.
Reds manager Bryan Price also switched up his slumping lineup, moving shortstop Zack Cozart - who usually hits near the bottom of the order - into the second spot. The Brewers made it easy on the Reds with an error and two wild pitches that let in runs.
Four of Cincinnati's nine wins this season have come against the Brewers. They've scored nine runs twice this season, both times against Milwaukee.
WALK IN THE PARK
The Brewers walked nine in all, a season high. The last time the Brewers walked nine batters was Aug. 18, 2013, at Miller Park, also against the Reds. The Brewers' four wild pitches were one shy of the club record.
BARK IN THE PARK
Approximately 400 dogs paraded around the field before the game and were in the stands, part of the Reds' annual pet promotion.
Brewers: Roenicke said the second straight day off should help Braun recover from some minor ailments. Braun had a sore right side earlier in the month. He could be back in the lineup on Tuesday.
Reds: Right-hander Homer Bailey went on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained ligament in his right elbow, the same one he had surgery on last September. The Reds called up reliever Carlos Contreras from Triple-A Louisville.
Brewers: Kyle Lohse (1-3) makes his second straight start against the Reds. He allowed two runs in seven innings of a 4-2 win at Miller Park on Thursday.
Reds: Johnny Cueto (1-2) tries to beat the Brewers for the second straight start. He gave up one run in eight innings of a 2-1 victory on Wednesday.
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