Peralta pitches Brewers past Reds
Milwaukee, WI (SportsNetwork.com) - Ryan Braun drove in a pair of runs as the Milwaukee Brewers grabbed a 5-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds in the opener of a three-game series.
Carlos Gomez went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored, while Jean Segura also scored twice for the Brewers, who moved a half-game ahead of idle St. Louis for first place in the NL Central.
Wily Peralta (11-6) allowed a run on three hits with two walks and five strikeouts over seven innings of work.
Kristopher Negron and Billy Hamilton each hit a solo home run for the Reds, who have dropped their past four games. Mat Latos (2-2) was touched for five runs -- four earned -- on eight hits with three strikeouts in seven innings on the mound.
Segura led off the third with a triple off the wall in right-center. As Segura was sliding into third, Ramon Santiago's throw hit him and rolled into foul territory and he crossed the plate for a 1-0 lead.
Peralta and Gomez followed with consecutive singles and moved up a base on Scooter Gennett's fly out. Braun doubled to bring the both home for a 3-0 lead.
In the fourth, Segura singled with one out and moved to second on Peralta's sacrifice bunt. Gomez's ground-rule double scored Segura, and he stole third before coming home when Gennett's grounder to first was misplayed by Donald Lutz for a 5-0 lead.
Hamilton led off the sixth with his sixth home run of the season to get the Reds on the board, and Negron's pinch-hit blast in the eighth made it a 5-2 game.
Francisco Rodriguez tossed a 1-2-3 ninth for his 29th save of the season.
Before the game, the Brewers selected the contract of pitcher Jeremy Jeffress from Triple-A Nashville, optioned pitcher Rob Wooten to Nashville and transferred pitcher Jim Henderson to the 60-day disabled list ... Both teams left five men on base, but Cincinnati went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position, while Milwaukee was 2-for-7.
07/21 23:53:52 ET