The Reds needed to avoid a sweep to keep from being swept into the cellar of the National League Central by the division bottom feeders the Milwaukee Brewers.
The Brewers pulled the reeling Reds down again to the tune of a 6-1 drubbing.
'They're a hot team right now," Leake said. "They're finding holes and laying off pitches. They fouled off some tough pitches and made it tough on me. They make you pay for every mistake."
As has been his habit, Gerardo Parra singled to open the game. Parra started the series on Friday with a home run off Michael Lorenzen. He walked Saturday. Parra, who is starting in place of the injured Khris Davis and Carlos Gomez, has been on base in his first at-bat in four straight games. Gomez has returned, but Parra has been too good in the leadoff spot for new manager Craig Counsell to leave him out of the lineup.
Leake walked Braun with one out and the ancient Aramis Ramirez singled with two outs to put the Brewers on top.
"Leake was around the zone," Bryan Price said. "When he's ahead in the count he expands the zone. Milwaukee's a hot team they lay off those pitches and stayed ahead in the count. They didn't let him off the hook."
The Brewers got to Leake in the second inning. Jean Segura opened with a single and scored on Scooter Gennett's double into the rightfield corner.
Long tall Texan Taylor Jungmann, all 6'6" of him, retired the first 12 batters in his sixth Major League start.
Jungman was the taken by the Brewers in the first round of the 2011 draft (12th overall). He allowed one run on four hits in his eight innings.
The Brewers added a run and a team record in the fifth inning. Ryan Braun doubled and scored when Adam Lind singled to tie the Brewers' franchise record by driving in a run in nine straight games. George Scott, 1975, Cecil Cooper, 1982 and Carlos Lee, 2005 also drove in runs in nine straight.
Yet with no outs and runners on first and third the Reds failed to score. Ivan De Jesus Jr. forced Byrd at second on a ground ball directly to thirdbaseman Ramirez. Tucker Barnhart hit a hard one hopper that deflected off Jungman to Segura at short, who started a double play to end the threat.
"We need to do better job doing the little things. Which is what you say when you're outplayed and you get drubbed," Price said.
Leake eeked out a quality start by lasting six innings and allowing three runs on eight hits.
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Parra continued to torment the Reds with a home run off Carlos Contreras in the seventh. Lind hit his 14th home run with a man on later in the inning to break open the game.
The Reds avoided a shut out when Skip Schumaker walked and scored on a double by Brandon Phillips. Shane Peterson had the ball in his glove but couldn't control it when he hit the leftfield wall.
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