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Garza dominates Reds; Brewers win 1-0

CINCINNATI -- Matt Garza's best performance in a Milwaukee Brewers uniform came in his first start for them on April 2.

Until Saturday, that is.

The right-hander dominated the Cincinnati Reds, shutting them out on just two hits while tossing a complete game to help the Brewers to a 1-0 victory in front of 38,754 fans at Great American Ball Park.

Garza (6-5) threw 111 pitches in all and his nine innings bested his April 2 effort, when he took a no-hitter into the seventh against the Atlanta Braves at Miller Park only to see the Brewers lose, 1-0.

He also struck out nine in what was only the 15th 1-0 game in the history of the ballpark.

Garza began the ninth inning at 102 pitches and needed only nine total to record just the seventh complete-game shutout by an opposing pitcher in the 12-year history of Great American Ball Park. He got Billy Hamilton to fly out to right, Todd Frazier to fly out to center and Joey Votto on a swinging strikeout.

The Brewers scored the game's lone run in the first inning thanks to some clutch two-out hitting by Aramis Ramirez.

Jonathan Lucroy got things going with a double to left -- his 30th of the season -- and Carlos Gomez followed by drawing a walk against Homer Bailey. That brought up Ramirez, who singled to left to plate Lucroy and give the Brewers their first lead of the series.

The Brewers then made an unexpected lineup change midway through the second, lifting Ryan Braun due to lower back spasms and replacing him with Logan Schafer.

They managed to get a base runner on against Bailey every inning until the fifth but couldn't pad their lead any further.

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