CINCINNATI -- The Brewers bashed their way into the history books on Sunday afternoon, hitting three consecutive home runs to begin the rubber match of a series against the Reds.

Second baseman Rickie Weeks, shortstop J.J. Hardy and third baseman Ryan Braun hit back-to-back-to-back home runs off Cincinnati left-hander Phil Dumatrait in a span of nine pitches. It was the third time in Major League history that a team has hit three homers in a row to begin a game.

The first club to do it was the 1987 Padres, and the 2003 Braves matched the feat against these same Reds.

Braun's home run was his 29th this season, tops among National League rookies and a new Brewers rookie record. Braun went deep again in the second inning against reliever Tom Shearn for a 7-1 Brewers lead.

The Brewers are trying to reach the postseason for the first time since "Harvey's Wallbangers" clubbed a franchise-record 216 home runs in 1982 and reached the seventh game of the World Series. This year's Brewers entered the day with 195 homers, tops among Major League teams.