Hit-starved Reds beat Brewers in 10th, 2-1


Cincinnati Reds' Tyler Stephenson is hit by a pitch during the 10th inning of the team's baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

Cincinnati Reds' Tyler Stephenson is hit by a pitch during the 10th inning of the team's baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)


Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Brad Boxberger reacts after giving up a run to the Cincinnati Reds during the 10th inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 15, 2021, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)


Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Luis Castillo throws to the Milwaukee Brewers during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 15, 2021, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)


Cincinnati Reds (34-31, third in the NL Central) vs. Milwaukee Brewers (38-29, second in the NL Central)

Milwaukee; Wednesday, 2:10 p.m. EDT

PITCHING PROBABLES: Reds: Tyler Mahle (6-2, 3.42 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 78 strikeouts) Brewers: Freddy Peralta (6-1, 2.25 ERA, .88 WHIP, 98 strikeouts)

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Brewers -150, Reds +132; over/under is 8 runs

BOTTOM LINE: Milwaukee heads into the matchup after a strong showing by Brett Anderson. Anderson threw seven innings, giving up zero runs on one hit with nine strikeouts against Cincinnati.

The Brewers are 17-12 against NL Central teams. Milwaukee ranks last in the league in hitting with a .210 batting average, Omar Narvaez leads the club with an average of .320.

The Reds are 18-12 against the rest of their division. Cincinnati leads the National League in hitting with a .249 batting average, Nick Castellanos leads the club with an average of .351.

The Reds won the last meeting 2-1. Lucas Sims earned his fourth victory and Kyle Farmer went 1-for-3 with an RBI for Cincinnati. Brad Boxberger registered his second loss for Milwaukee.

TOP PERFORMERS: Willy Adames leads the Brewers with 20 extra base hits and is batting .220.

Castellanos leads the Reds with 37 extra base hits and 38 RBIs.

LAST 10 GAMES: Brewers: 7-3, .207 batting average, 3.10 ERA, outscored opponents by nine runs

Reds: 8-2, .254 batting average, 3.46 ERA, outscored opponents by 25 runs

INJURIES: Brewers: Justin Topa: (elbow), Angel Perdomo: (back), Dylan File: (elbow), Tyrone Taylor: (shoulder), Derek Fisher: (left hamstring), Lorenzo Cain: (hamstring), Kolten Wong: (oblique), Travis Shaw: (shoulder), Mark Mathias: (shoulder).

Reds: Michael Lorenzen: (shoulder), Jeff Hoffman: (shoulder), Sonny Gray: (groin), Michael Feliz: (elbow), Brandon Bailey: (elbow), Tejay Antone: (forearm), Nick Senzel: (knee), Max Schrock: (calf), Mike Moustakas: (heel), Alex Blandino: (hand).

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MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Cincinnati Reds broke open a scoreless game in the 10th inning without the benefit of a hit and held on to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 2-1 on Tuesday night.

Brett Anderson worked seven innings of one-hit ball for Milwaukee and combined with three relievers on a two-hitter, but it all fell apart for Brad Boxberger (2-2) in the 10th.

Boxberger hit Tyler Stephenson with a pitch and walked Joey Votto to load the bases. Then he hit Eugenio Suárez with a pitch to score Nick Castellanos, who started the inning at second base. Stephenson scored on a sacrifice fly by Kyle Farmer.

Boxberger “just didn’t have a feel for his changeup,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “It wasn’t like crisp to the first couple hitters, really, and they got two guys on base.”

Cincinnati, which has won five straight and 10 of 12, also was outstanding on the mound. Luis Castillo allowed three hits in seven scoreless innings, and four relievers completed the four-hitter. Lucas Sims (4-1) pitched a scoreless ninth and Amir Garrett got the final out for his third save.

The Brewers’ Daniel Robertson had a two-out RBI single in the 10th off Heath Hembree.

“I just feel like tonight we did what it took to grind out a win,” Reds manager David Bell said. “It wasn’t easy.”

The teams combined to strike out 27 times on the day Major League Baseball said it would crack down on pitchers using illegal foreign substances to improve their grip and throw pitches with more spin. Neither team got a runner past second base until the sixth inning.

Castillo came in with the most losses (nine) and highest ERA (6.47) among major league starters but had little trouble with a Brewers lineup that entered Tuesday with the lowest batting average and most strikeouts in the NL. He struck out seven and walked three.

Anderson hasn’t won since April 17. He struck out nine and walked one.

“Incredible,” Castillo said through a translator. “When two starters are going at each other, battling it out, you hardly ever see it that much anymore.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Reds: Sent 3B Mike Moustakas (right heel contusion) to Triple-A Louisville on a rehabilitation assignment. He was placed on the 10-day injured list on May 20.

Brewers: Counsell said LHP Angel Perdomo (lower back strain), who went on the 10-day IL on May 30, will be sent to Triple-A Nashville when the team departs for a series against Colorado that starts Thursday. Counsell said he expects 2B Kolten Wong (strained left oblique), who went on the 10-day IL on June 4, to be activated during that series. … Entering Tuesday, Milwaukee had used 46 players this season, second in the majors to Seattle’s 51.

FOREIGN SUBSTANCES

“If you follow the rules, you don’t have to worry about anything.” — Milwaukee right-hander Freddy Peralta on MLB’s new enforcement of the foreign-substance rules.

UNRETRACTABLE ROOF

On June 15, 1944, a storm ripped off a 120-foot section of the grandstand roof at Milwaukee’s Borchert Field, injuring at least 31 people attending a game between the Brewers and the Columbus Red Birds, according to a Milwaukee Sentinel report at the time. The teams were part of the American Association minor league. The major league Brewers began playing in Milwaukee in 1970.

SNAPPY DEFENSE

Brewers SS Willy Adames, acquired from Tampa Bay in a trade on May 21, went deep in the hole between shortstop and third to backhand a grounder, leaped and threw against his body to Daniel Vogelbach, who scooped the throw out of the dirt to retire Suárez and end the second.

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Cincinnati Reds’ Tyler Stephenson is hit by a pitch during the 10th inning of the team’s baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/06/web1_126824115-29764a8c29da468ca96e8ca18e861d2f.jpgCincinnati Reds’ Tyler Stephenson is hit by a pitch during the 10th inning of the team’s baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Brad Boxberger reacts after giving up a run to the Cincinnati Reds during the 10th inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 15, 2021, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/06/web1_126824115-48b0132b2aad4624ab4f7447742da49f.jpgMilwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Brad Boxberger reacts after giving up a run to the Cincinnati Reds during the 10th inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 15, 2021, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Luis Castillo throws to the Milwaukee Brewers during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 15, 2021, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/06/web1_126824115-b878158dc39f437e9254f5b31a452ba8.jpgCincinnati Reds starting pitcher Luis Castillo throws to the Milwaukee Brewers during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 15, 2021, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

Cincinnati Reds (34-31, third in the NL Central) vs. Milwaukee Brewers (38-29, second in the NL Central)

Milwaukee; Wednesday, 2:10 p.m. EDT

PITCHING PROBABLES: Reds: Tyler Mahle (6-2, 3.42 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 78 strikeouts) Brewers: Freddy Peralta (6-1, 2.25 ERA, .88 WHIP, 98 strikeouts)

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Brewers -150, Reds +132; over/under is 8 runs

BOTTOM LINE: Milwaukee heads into the matchup after a strong showing by Brett Anderson. Anderson threw seven innings, giving up zero runs on one hit with nine strikeouts against Cincinnati.

The Brewers are 17-12 against NL Central teams. Milwaukee ranks last in the league in hitting with a .210 batting average, Omar Narvaez leads the club with an average of .320.

The Reds are 18-12 against the rest of their division. Cincinnati leads the National League in hitting with a .249 batting average, Nick Castellanos leads the club with an average of .351.

The Reds won the last meeting 2-1. Lucas Sims earned his fourth victory and Kyle Farmer went 1-for-3 with an RBI for Cincinnati. Brad Boxberger registered his second loss for Milwaukee.

TOP PERFORMERS: Willy Adames leads the Brewers with 20 extra base hits and is batting .220.

Castellanos leads the Reds with 37 extra base hits and 38 RBIs.

LAST 10 GAMES: Brewers: 7-3, .207 batting average, 3.10 ERA, outscored opponents by nine runs

Reds: 8-2, .254 batting average, 3.46 ERA, outscored opponents by 25 runs

INJURIES: Brewers: Justin Topa: (elbow), Angel Perdomo: (back), Dylan File: (elbow), Tyrone Taylor: (shoulder), Derek Fisher: (left hamstring), Lorenzo Cain: (hamstring), Kolten Wong: (oblique), Travis Shaw: (shoulder), Mark Mathias: (shoulder).

Reds: Michael Lorenzen: (shoulder), Jeff Hoffman: (shoulder), Sonny Gray: (groin), Michael Feliz: (elbow), Brandon Bailey: (elbow), Tejay Antone: (forearm), Nick Senzel: (knee), Max Schrock: (calf), Mike Moustakas: (heel), Alex Blandino: (hand).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.