Reds-Brewers: Owings and Burton Stuggle As the Reds Lose 9-3

Nathan DunnoCorrespondent IApril 16, 2009

SARASOTA, FL - FEBRUARY 18:  Micah Owings #33 of the Cincinnati Reds poses for a photo during Spring Training Photo day on February 18, 2009 at the Cincinnati Reds training facility in Sarasota, Florida.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Making his first start as a Cincinnati Red Micah Owings (0-1) looked rusty as he took the loss given up four earned runs in five innings. Micah also had two walks and two strikeouts.

Owings hasn't pitched in 10 days due to getting his start pushed back due to a game being cancelled due to weather and it showed. Micah never looked very comfortable and he gave up two homers also.

Jared Burton came into relief in the bottom of the sixth in place of Owings with a 3-3 tie and a man on second with no outs to give up five runs to seal the deal for Milwaukee.

Nick Masset came in to work to innings of fine relief work pitching two inning and giving up one run.

The Reds bats didn't do much today as the middle of the lineup (Votto, Phillips, and Bruce) went a combined 1-for-11.

Alex Gonzalez ended his 17-game hitless streaks with a fifth inning RBI double.

Chris Dickerson got the game tied up for a short lived time in the top of the sixth with a two run homer.

Center Fielder Willy Taveras got on base three times for the second night with two base hits and getting hit by a pitch.

The Reds are now 4-4 for the season.

Up next the Reds head to Minute Maid Park to face the Houston Astros.

Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto (0-1) goes against Houston's ace Roy Oswalt (0-2) Friday at 8:05 ET.