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Reds eliminate Brewers with 5-3 win

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CINCINNATI (AP) -

Brandon Phillips hit his first home run in almost three months and rookie David Holmberg pitched six solid innings as the Cincinnati Reds officially ended Milwaukee's postseason hopes with a 5-3 win on Thursday.

Milwaukee's loss meant the San Francisco Giants clinched a playoff spot.

The Brewers committed three errors, including two in the fifth when the Reds tied the score and took a 3-2 lead with unearned runs. Second baseman Rickie Weeks committed two of the errors after giving Milwaukee a 1-0 lead with his eighth homer of the season in the second inning.

Jay Bruce went 3-for-4 and drove in a run to help send the Brewers to their sixth loss on their nine-game road trip, leaving them 40-41 away from home this season. Milwaukee spent 150 days leading the NL Central this season.

Holmberg (2-2) allowed two runs on three hits and a walk to earn his second career win, both in the last 12 days over Milwaukee starter Yovani Gallardo. The left-hander also had two strikeouts, hit a batter and threw a wild pitch.

Sam LeCure allowed a run in the seventh inning before Jumbo Diaz coaxed Ryan Braun into an inning-ending ground out in a nine-pitch at bat. Aroldis Chapman pitched the ninth for his 35th save.

Phillips knocked Gallardo out of the game with a two-run homer in the sixth, his eighth homer of the season and first since June 28. He hadn't hit a home run in Cincinnati since May 15.

Gallardo (8-11) was roughed up for 10 hits and five runs -- three earned -- with a walk, four strikeouts and a wild pitch in five innings. He slipped to 0-5 with a 4.06 earned-run average over his last seven starts to cement his first losing record in seven seasons.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Brewers: Manager Ron Roenicke wants Jonathan Lucroy to hit the double that would give him the single-season record for catchers. That would allow Roenicke to give prospects a chance. "Just get a double so I can do what I want," Roenicke groused good-naturedly on Thursday.

Reds: Center fielder Billy Hamilton already was scheduled to get Thursday off before he banged his head on the outfield wall padding while making a leaping catch to rob Ryan Braun of a homer on Wednesday.

ON DECK

Brewers: Milwaukee opens its final home stand of the season with the first of three games against the Cubs. The Brewers are 41-37 at Miller Park.

Reds: The Reds open a three-game series on Friday against a Pittsburgh team trying to improve its post-season situation. Cincinnati is 4-2 against the Pirates at home this season.

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