Castillo, Reds complete 3-game sweep of Brewers with 7-1 win


CINCINNATI (AP) — Rookie Luis Castillo struck out 10 in his final start of a fine season, Zack Cozart and Jose Peraza homered and the last-place Cincinnati Reds completed a three-game sweep of the Milwaukee Brewers with a 7-1 win on Wednesday.

The playoff-contending Brewers have lost four of five. Neil Walker’s homer in the first inning was all Milwaukee could muster.

Castillo (3-7) retired 11 straight batters in one stretch and 22 of the last 24 while pitching eight innings. He allowed four hits, didn’t walk anybody and wound up with a 3.12 ERA in 15 starts.

The Reds are shutting down Castillo to limit his innings. The 24-year-old righty threw 111 pitches, matching his second-highest pitch count of the season, in this start.

Matt Garza (6-9) gave up five runs in 2 2/3 innings. He is 0-3 in his last four starts.

The Reds chased Garza with a five-run third that included Walker’s error at first base on a potential inning-ending double-play grounder. Adam Duvall and Jose Peraza each drove in a run during the inning.

Cozart led off the seventh with his 18th homer of the season. Peraza added his fifth in the eighth.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Reds: CF Billy Hamilton left the game in the middle of the third with an injured left thumb. He hurt himself trying to bunt in the first.

UP NEXT

Brewers: RHP Jimmy Nelson (11-6), with no-decisions in two starts against the Cubs this season, is set to open a three-game series vs. the NL Central leaders at Wrigley Field on Friday at Wrigley Field.

Reds: Cincinnati will try to snap a six-game losing streak at New York’s Citi Field on Thursday in the first game of a four-game series against the Mets. The Reds haven’t won there since April 6, 2014.

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Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Luis Castillo throws in the first inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
http://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/09/web1_118362281-e25fb6236ce74caebf8969133db33ff7.jpgCincinnati Reds starting pitcher Luis Castillo throws in the first inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Cincinnati Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton misses a double by Milwaukee Brewers’ Travis Shaw off starting pitcher Luis Castillo in the first inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
http://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/09/web1_118362281-0270f09c15b8421ba0d72bae8cfe456d.jpgCincinnati Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton misses a double by Milwaukee Brewers’ Travis Shaw off starting pitcher Luis Castillo in the first inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Matt Garza throws in the first inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
http://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/09/web1_118362281-32643ecf134e41188e9f91c9cf441c9a.jpgMilwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Matt Garza throws in the first inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)