The Milwaukee Brewers (55-45) took back sole possession of the NL-Central with their 5-2 win over the visiting Cincinnati Reds (51-48) Monday.
Coming into Monday, the Brewers had lost 13 of their last 16 and 7 of their first 10 games against the Reds. Aggressive base running allowed the Brewers to take advantage of two Reds errors and numerous miscues. three out of the five runs scored on mistakes.
The Reds defense did not help starting pitcher Mat Latos who came in with his lone two wins of the season coming against Milwaukee. Latos was tagged for five runs with four of them unearned for his second loss of the season.
The Brewers scoring began with three runs in the third inning when Jean Segura tripled and then scored on a throwing error making the score 1-0. Starting pitcher Wily Peralta and Carlos Gomez would then single and score on a double by Ryan Braun. Braun hit a liner to the Reds left fielder Chris Heisey who would misjudge the ball that should of been caught and allow it to sail over his head making the score 3-0.
With Peralta dealing and going through the Reds batting order, the offense was not done scoring their final two runs in the fourth inning. Carlos Gomez would hit what was called a home run, but review showed the ball hit the warning track and hit the glove of the Reds Heisey in left making the ball go over the fence. Gomez would be credited for a ground-rule double scoring Segura. A few batters later Scooter Gennett would reach on an infield single scoring Gomez.
Gomez, Braun and Segura all recorded two hits in the win.
The Reds finally got to the Brewers right-hander in the sixth with a solo home run. It was the only run given up by Peralta who finished with seven solids innings pitched allowing three hits and struck out five for his eleventh win of the season. Will Smith came on in the eighth inning and allowed one more run to score, but managed to strike out the side. Francisco Rodriguez pitched a scoreless ninth to record his league leading 29th save.
Game two of the series is Tuesday night with a 7:10 first pitch. Jimmy Nelson (1-1, 5.40 ERA) gets the start for Milwaukee. He last pitched against the Cardinals before the All-Star break taking the loss in 4 1/3 innings pitched. Homer Bailey (8-5, 4.21 ERA) will oppose Nelson. Bailey enters Tuesday only allowing one earned run in his last 17 innings pitched.