Brewers rookie Johnny Hellweg took a step back in his on-the-job training as a big league starter.
The 6-foot-9 righty struggled with his command, and the Cincinnati Reds pounced on the mistakes in a 7-3 win Saturday at Miller Park.
Making his fifth career big league start, Hellweg allowed eight hits and four runs over five innings. He hit three batters.
''I didn't get it going as fast as I would have liked to,'' Hellweg said about his command. ''It took me a little bit longer to get into a groove.''
Not that he really found it for long spurts. The Reds broke out to a 4-0 lead after two innings.
Carlos Gomez had two hits and an RBI for the Brewers, while Jean Segura stole his NL-leading 43rd base of the season. Joey Votto and Shin-Soo Choo each hit two-run homers for the Reds, who kept pace in the NL Central race.
Hellweg (1-4) had showed promise in his last start Sept. 7, pitching six innings and allowing four hits and three runs against the Cubs to get his first major league...