MILWAUKEE - Bronson Arroyo and the Cincinnati Reds knocked slumping and error-prone Milwaukee out of first place in the NL Central, beating the Brewers 8-3 Friday night.
The Brewers (62-60) lost their season-high fifth straight at home, falling a half-game behind the Chicago Cubs (62-59), who beat the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 Friday afternoon in the opener of their four-game series.
Milwaukee has lost 14 of its last 19 contests and 11 of 15 in August. It's the first time the Brewers have been in second since Aug. 2 - they regained the top spot a day later.
Arroyo (6-13) gave up nine hits in 7 1-3 innings, including three solo home runs - two by J.J. Hardy and one by Gabe Gross. He struck out seven and also doubled and scored a run.
Adam Dunn added a two-run homer in the top of the ninth, his 33rd.