Miley delivers on mound and at plate as Reds top Brewers 2-0

Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Wade Miley (AP File Photo/Tony Dejak)
Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Wade Miley (AP File Photo/Tony Dejak)(Tony Dejak | AP)
Published: Jul. 9, 2021 at 10:21 PM CDT
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MILWAUKEE (AP) - Wade Miley pitched eight shutout innings and helped himself by doubling and scoring in the Cincinnati Reds’ 2-0 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday night.

Miley (7-4) struck out four and allowed seven hits and three walks as the Reds snapped the Brewers’ seven-game home winning streak. The Reds also reduced Milwaukee’s NL Central lead to six games.

Miley left after allowing a leadoff double to Avisaíl García in the ninth on his 104th pitch. Heath Hembree took over from there and struck out Rowdy Tellez, Jace Peterson and Omar Narváez to earn his fifth save.

Tucker Barnhart and Jesse Winker hit RBI doubles for the Reds. Willy Adames and Jace Peterson had two hits each for the Brewers.

Cincinnati pulled ahead for good in the fourth inning.

The Reds had Eugenio Suárez on second and Aristides Aquino at first when Barnhart lined an 0-2 pitch from Eric Lauer (3-4) into the left-field corner. Barnhart’s drive brought Suárez home, though Aquino was thrown out after rounding third and trying to get back to the bag.

Miley made a great play in the field to preserve Cincinnati’s lead.

The Brewers had runners on first and second with one out in the fifth when Miley went to his knees to field Lauer’s bunt and throw him out at first, preventing Milwaukee from loading the bases. Miley then got out of the jam by retiring Luis Urías on a fly to right.

Lauer struck out three, walked four and allowed four hits and one run in six innings. Over his last three starts, Lauer has worked 18 1/3 innings while allowing only two runs.

Miley led off the seventh with a double to right off reliever Miguel Sánchez and advanced to third on a throwing error by García. Miley scored when Winker capped an 11-pitch at bat with his own double to right.

This is the second of seven consecutive matchups between the Brewers and Reds. They’re playing a four-game series in Milwaukee this week and will meet again for a three-game set in Cincinnati immediately after the All-Star break.

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