Journeyman Justin Lehr stops losing streak

To call Justin Lehr a journeyman would be certainly be an understatement.  After stints in Oakland and Milwaukee, Lehr signed with the Reds as a free agent in November of 2007.  He began the 2008 season at Louisville before being released in May.  He spent the summer playing in Korea before signing back with the Reds in August.

Lehr made the first Major League start on Friday against Colorado.  He was called up after Micah Owings was placed on the disabled list.  In five innings against the Rockies, he gave up three runs and walked six.

Last night was a complete turn-around.  Lehr was magnificent, throwing a complete game shutout against the Chicago Cubs.  He gave up four hits and walked only one.

Lehr was given an early lead to work with.  Scott Rolen, back in the lineup after being hit in the head on Sunday, hit his first home run as a Red.  It was a two-run shot in the second inning off Cubs’ pitcher Rich Harden.

The victory stopped the Reds’ season-high losing streak at eight games.

After an off-day today, the Reds begin a weekend series in San Francisco tomorrow night against the Giants.  The opening game will feature Homer Bailey (2-3, 7.06) against Tim Lincecum (12-3, 2.18).

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