MILWAUKEE -- Wily Peralta turned in a strong seven-inning outing, and the Milwaukee Brewers took advantage of three big Cincinnati Reds miscues in beating their National League Central Division rivals, 5-2, on Monday night at Miller Park.
Peralta allowed just three hits, one run (earned) and two walks while striking out five, and the Brewers scored four of their five runs in the wake of some poor fielding by second baseman Ramon Santiago and leftfielder Chris Heisey.
With the victory, the Brewers again grabbed a one-game lead in the Central with the St. Louis Cardinals having the night off.
Carlos Gomez, Ryan Braun and Jean Segura each had two hits, with Gomez and Segura scoring two runs apiece to power Milwaukee's offense.
While Cincinnati's starting rotation -- one of the best in the NL -- remained intact, its lineup was markedly different from the one Milwaukee saw at Great American Ball Park earlier in the month.
First baseman Joey Votto (knee) and second baseman Brandon Phillips (thumb) have both since landed on the disabled list, while rightfielder Jay Bruce was given the night off after going 0-for-11 over the weekend.
The third inning was one to remember for Segura, who was playing his first game at Miller Park since the tragic death of his 9-month-old son on July 11.
In the top half, he made a nice defensive play to cut down Reds starter Mat Latos at home. Latos walked to lead off against Peralta, went to second on a groundout and third on a wild pitch only to be thrown out by the Brewers shortstop on a chopper by Skip Schumaker.
In the bottom half, he led off with a drive to right-center. Segura made the turn around second, hesitated and then slid into third headfirst with the relay throw from Santiago hitting him in the foot and caroming all the way into the Cincinnati dugout.
The ball was ruled dead and Segura came in to score to give Milwaukee a 1-0 lead.
Peralta followed with an impressive 10-pitch at-bat against Latos that included four consecutive two-strike foul balls and culminated in a single to center. Gomez then singled to center as well to put two on for Braun.
Braun followed with a line shot right at Heisey, who took an initial step in only to see the ball sail over his head and roll to the wall for a double. Peralta and Gomez scored, and Milwaukee led, 5-0.
Peralta tossed a 1-2-3 fourth, then saw the offense go to work on his behalf once again.
Segura got things going with a one-out single to right, moving to second on a Peralta bunt. Gomez then hit a towering fly ball to left that Heisey once again didn't get a good read on, allowing it to bounce behind him at the base of the wall.
Segura came around to score, and after a crew-chief review of 1 minute, 20 seconds, Gomez was credited with a ground-rule double. He wasted little time in stealing third, and came in to score one batter later when Scooter Gennett's hard grounder clanked off the glove of first baseman Donald Lutz.
Cincinnati got a run back in the sixth when Billy Hamilton homered to right-center on Peralta's first offering. Schumaker followed with a double, but he was stranded after a groundout by Todd Frazier and strikeouts by Devin Mesoraco and Lutz.
Reds manager Bryan Price was ejected by home-plate umpire David Rackley in the wake of Mesoraco's strikeout, adding a little spice to what had been a one-sided affair to that point.
Milwaukee managed just one hit -- a Gennett single -- over the next three innings before Latos departed. Peralta, meanwhile, finished his night having allowed three hits, one run (earned) and two walks while striking out five in seven innings.
Kristopher Negron, who pinch-hit for Latos to start the eighth, homered to right on the first pitch he saw from Will Smith to pull the Reds to within 5-2. Hamilton followed with a bunt single, but Smith recovered nicely by striking out Schumaker, Frazier and Mesoraco to limit the damage to one run.
Francisco Rodriguez pitched a perfect ninth to record his 29th save.
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