CINCINNATI -- Brewers second baseman Ray Durham left Friday's game against the Reds with a right hamstring strain. Durham has a history of hamstring trouble, one reason former Brewers manager Ned Yost only used him sparingly after a July trade from San Francisco. But acting manager Dale Sveum decided to make Durham a regular part of the lineup against right-handed pitchers, and Durham made his fourth consecutive start Friday. He singled with one out in the first inning and was thrown out trying to steal second base despite getting a very good jump. Durham struck out to end the top of the third inning, and played the field in the bottom of the frame before leaving the game.
Craig Counsell moved from third base to second base in the bottom of the fourth inning to replace Durham, who is one of the few Brewers players on a hot streak. He has hit safely in six straight games, and he is batting .387 (12-for-31) over his past 11 games. The Brewers were already in a 6-0 hole when Durham departed, and they were in danger of losing for the 14th time in 18 September games. Starter Jeff Suppan surrendered two homers and five runs in the first inning before Manny Parra relieved him in the third and allowed Joey Votto's second home run of the game. Jerry Hairston added a two-run shot in the fourth inning for an 8-0 Reds lead.
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.