Wily Peralta did a little bit of everything for the Milwaukee Brewers Friday night, shutting out the Cincinnati Reds for eight innings and driving in the game’s only runs with a fifth-inning double as the Brewers snapped a two-game slide with a 2-0 victory at Great American Ballpark.
The Brewers (21-9) avoided their first three-game losing streak of the season behind the work of Peralta, who threw his first career shutout against the Reds last July and who was dominant again Friday, striking out seven and walking two, while allowing only three hits. He improved to 4-1 on the season and his ERA dipped to 2.04.
Cincinnati (13-16) might have had their best shot at getting to Peralta early, as the big right-hander struggled out of the gate. Chris Heisey reached on an infield single to start the bottom of the first and Joey Votto worked a walk. But Todd Frazier grounded into a third-to-first double play and Jay Bruce struck out to end the inning.
From then on, it was Peralta’s night.
With the game still scoreless in the top of the fifth, Lyle Overbay led off with a single and, one out later, Caleb Gindl walked. Jean Segura bounced into a fielder’s choice to put runners at first and third and Peralta drove a ball over Bruce’s head in right field to bring both runners home.
Peralta, who hit .140 last season (7-for-50), is now 2-for-11 this year. The two RBI were the first of his career.
Mike Leake (2-3) was the hard-luck loser for Cincinnati, allowing just the two runs on seven hits over eight innings. He walked two and struck out five.
Gindl started in right field for the Brewers after being recalled from Triple-A Nashville earlier in the day, when reliever Jim Henderson was placed on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder inflammation.
Jonathan Lucroy had three of the seven hits for the Brewers, going 3-for-4 and smacking a double in the eighth inning.
Francisco Rodriguez struck out one in a perfect ninth inning to record his 14th save in as many opportunities.
The four-game series is now even at a game apiece, with the teams set to play Saturday night. Yovani Gallardo (2-0, 1.91 ERA) is scheduled to start for the Brewers against right-hander Johnny Cueto (2-2, 1.15 ERA) for the 6:10 p.m. Central matchup.
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