CINCINNATI – – Josh Hader reached 500 career strikeouts, Luis Urías hit a game-tying home run and hit a clutch and the Milwaukee Brewers held off Cincinnati 5-4 on Tuesday night to snap the two-game winning streak of the Reds.
Jace Peterson broke a 1-1 tie in the sixth with the first of two doubles for the NL Central leaders Brewers, who snapped a three-game losing streak. With the potential tie at third base with two outs in eighth, Urías dove to his left at shortstop to trap Kyle Farmer’s understudy just above the ground and end a three-run rally.
Hader worked around a first walk in a no-hitter ninth and became only the third pitcher with saves in his first 12 appearances of a season after Lee Smith in 1994 and Jose Mesa in 2005.
Hader knocked out Brandon Drury and Tommy Pham for the final two outs and reached 500 strikeouts. Hader accomplished the feat in 293 2/3 innings, second fastest behind Aroldis Chapman 292 innings.
Wandy Peralta (2-1) allowed one run and four hits in 5 2/3 innings with eight strikeouts and one walk, a season high.
Cincinnati, a 6-24 worst major leaguer, was trying to come from behind to win for its third straight game after failing to accomplish the feat in its first 27 games.
Hunter Greene (1-5) lost his fifth straight start since winning his major league debut in Atlanta on April 10. He allowed two runs, four hits and four walks in 5 1/3 innings, six days after dropping a club record. – tying five home runs in a 10-5 loss at Milwaukee.
Cincinnati is the first team since 1893 where no starter has gone six innings in its first 30 games.
Tyler Stephenson’s RBI double put the Reds second, and Urías bagged fourth. After Peterson’s brace, Kolten Wong added a sacrifice fly.
Victor Caratini and Willy Adames had RBI singles in the eighth against Hunter Strickland, increasing the lead to 5-1.
Devin Williams scored three goals in the bottom half, including Colin Moran with the bases loaded, and Tyler Naquin hit a two-run brace.
Brewers: RHP JC Mejía was recalled from Triple-A Nashville to bolster an overworked bullpen. “We needed a new arm,” manager Craig Counsell said. “We have a number of guys down.” … RHP Jake Cousins (right elbow) remains on what Counsell described as a “conservative rehab treatment streak” at extended spring training camp in Milwaukee. “It will take 3-4 weeks before he sees an affiliate.”
Reds: INF Mike Moustakas was activated from the COVID-19 injured list, a day after being placed there. … LHP Mike Minor (left shoulder) was sent to Triple-A in Louisville for rehab.
Milwaukee RHP Adrian Houser (3-2, 3.42) is set to make his second straight start against the Reds in Wednesday’s series finale. Houser allowed seven hits and five runs in five innings of a 10-5 streak last Thursday. He is expected to face RHP Vladimir Gutiérrezz (0-5, 8.86), who was rocked for eight hits and seven runs in Cincinnati’s 18-4 loss at Milwaukee on May 4.