Reds overcome Yelich HRs, extend Brewers' skid with 9-7 win
CINCINNATI (AP) — Jose Peraza started Junior Guerra's rough outing with a two-run homer, and the Cincinnati Reds withstood Christian Yelich's first multihomer game for a 9-7 victory Tuesday night, extending the Milwaukee Brewers' fade in August.
Since trailing the Cubs by a game on Aug. 4, Milwaukee has gone 8-11 and slid to third in the NL Central.
The Reds ended a five-game losing streak by taking advantage of Guerra (6-9), who gave up six runs and faced only 13 batters in his shortest outing of the season. Peraza had two of his four hits off Guerra, who threw 45 pitches.
Peraza homered and Guerra let in another run with a wild pitch during a nine-batter first inning. Guerra left with the bases loaded and one out in the second. He hasn't won since July 8, going 0-4 in his last eight starts. Guerra has pitched four innings or less in half of those games.
Anthony DeSclafani (7-4) gave up four runs in 6 2/3 innings, including Yelich's solo homer. Yelich added a three-run shot in the seventh off Jared Hughes. Yelich has 10 homers in August and a career-high 25 overall.
The Brewers have homered in 20 consecutive games at Great American Ball Park, the longest streak by any team at the park, which opened in 2003.
Raisel Iglesias got the final out in the eighth. He gave up a pair of hits in the ninth and Yelich's run-scoring groundout before closing out his 24th save in 28 chances.
The Reds held a moment of silence pregame for Sen. John McCain, who died of brain cancer.
Brewers: RH Zach Davies is expected to rejoin the team over the weekend. He's been recovering from a shoulder injury since June. Manager Craig Counsell hasn't decided whether to use him in the rotation or the bullpen.
Reds: 1B Joey Votto took ground balls and ran on the field pregame. He's expected to have another workout on Wednesday, and the Reds will decide whether to activate him. Votto has been sidelined since Aug. 17 by a sore right knee, which was hit by a pitch on Aug. 4.
Brewers: Freddy Peralta (6-4) makes his second straight start against the Reds. He got a 4-0 win last Wednesday, allowing three hits and fanning seven in seven innings.
Reds: Matt Harvey (6-7) makes his 19th start for the Reds. He's 1-0 with a 1.45 ERA in his last three.