Mahle fans 12, Reds silence Brewers’ bats again in 2-1 win


Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Tyler Mahle throws to the Milwaukee Brewers during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 16, 2021, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Tyler Mahle throws to the Milwaukee Brewers during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 16, 2021, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)


Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto (19) reacts after scoring during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Wednesday, June 16, 2021, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)


Cincinnati Reds right fielder Jesse Winker (33) is tagged out at second base by Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Luis Urias (2) during the sixth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 16, 2021, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)


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Cincinnati Reds (35-31, third in the NL Central) vs. San Diego Padres (38-32, third in the NL West)

San Diego; Tonight, 8:40 p.m.

PITCHING PROBABLES: Reds: Wade Miley (6-4, 2.92 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 51 strikeouts) Padres: Joe Musgrove (4-6, 2.63 ERA, .82 WHIP, 96 strikeouts)

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Padres -172, Reds +148; over/under is 7 1/2 runs

BOTTOM LINE: San Diego enters the game as losers of their last three games.

The Padres are 21-14 in home games in 2020. San Diego’s team on-base percentage of .313 is fourth in the National League. Tommy Pham leads the team with an OBP of .374.

The Reds are 19-15 on the road. Cincinnati leads the National League in hitting with a .248 batting average, Nick Castellanos leads the team with an average of .350.

TOP PERFORMERS: Fernando Tatis Jr. leads the Padres with 21 home runs and has 48 RBIs.

Jesse Winker leads the Reds with 17 home runs and has 41 RBIs.

LAST 10 GAMES: Padres: 2-8, .210 batting average, 5.08 ERA, outscored by 13 runs

Reds: 8-2, .249 batting average, 3.36 ERA, outscored opponents by 23 runs

INJURIES: Padres: Trey Wingenter: (elbow), Taylor Williams: (knee), Matt Strahm: (knee), Drew Pomeranz: (lat), Adrian Morejon: (left forearm), Keone Kela: (right forearm), Javy Guerra: (right elbow), Mike Clevinger: (elbow), Jose Castillo: (undisclosed), Michel Baez: (right elbow), Dan Altavilla: (elbow), Jorge Ona: (right elbow), Austin Nola: (knee).

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) — Tyler Mahle tied his career high with 12 strikeouts, Tucker Barnhart drove in the go-ahead run with a double in the seventh inning, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Milwaukee Brewers 2-1 on Wednesday to finish a three-game sweep.

Cincinnati has won six straight and 11 of 13. The Brewers dropped three straight for the first time in nearly a month and were swept for the third time this season. Milwaukee totaled nine hits and four runs in the series against the Reds.

“They pitched well,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “Tyler Mahle is having a really good year and I thought he pitched really well today. His fastball was really good, really well-located, consistently threw it up and never made mistakes down in the zone.”

Mahle (7-2) allowed three hits and a pair of walks over six innings as he surpassed the 10-strikeout mark for the first time this season and fifth of his career. Brad Brach, Sean Doolittle and Lucas Sims completed the five-hitter, with Sims getting the last four outs for his seventh save.

“It’s been the whole team,” Mahle said. “The starters have been doing great, the bullpen has been doing great and the offense has been doing a great job all season.”

The Brewers scored their lone run in the third when Chirstian Yelich drove in Daniel Vogelbach with a single to right.

Milwaukee’s Freddy Peralta (6-2) struck out six over six innings without walking a batter. He gave up five hits, the first a two-out single by Nick Castellanos in the fourth. Tyler Naquin followed with a double to left, scoring Castellanos.

Peralta retired his first two batters in the seventh before Joey Votto reached on a single. Votto scored the go-ahead run on Barnhart’s 14th double of the season.

“It was fun,” Barnhart said “What a fun game to be a part of. I’m proud of everybody, all series long.”

The Reds were hardly overwhelming at the plate. After winning 2-1 on Tuesday night with just two hits, they totaled six hits on Wednesday.

HE CALLED IT

Barnhart told Votto before the start of the seventh to be ready to score if he was on base when Barnhart came up.

“The second I got to first base, I knew I had to be ready to score because my man called it,” Votto said. “That was a big hit in a big spot and I had to score.”

The veteran first baseman emphatically pumped his fist before making his way back to the dugout, where his teammates were just as fired up after seeing him score from first.

“Joey is the heartbeat of this team,” Barnhart said. “Seeing him fired up like that is awesome.”

BREWERS ADD AN ARM

Milwaukee claimed right-handed reliever Ryan Weber off waivers from the Red Sox on Wednesday and optioned him to Triple-A Nashville.

Weber, 30, allowed 11 runs including four homers in his lone appearance this season for the Red Sox and had a 4.63 ERA in seven appearances (six starts) for Triple-A Worcester. He was designated for assignment two days ago when Boston acquired Yacksel Rios in a trade with Seattle.

To make room for Weber on the 40-man roster, Milwaukee outrighted RHP Chad Sobotka to Triple-A Nashville.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Reds: INF Mike Moustakas was expected to return from the injured list during the team’s trip to San Diego this weekend but instead returned to Cincinnati after experiencing soreness in his foot during a rehab appearance with Triple-A Louisville Tuesday night.

Brewers: LHP Angel Perdomo is scheduled to join Triple-A Nashville to begin a rehab assignment this weekend. Perdomo has been out since straining his lower back on May 30.

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Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Tyler Mahle throws to the Milwaukee Brewers during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 16, 2021, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/06/web1_126829738-fdef225205474ffc93a582e67d2fd6b1.jpgCincinnati Reds starting pitcher Tyler Mahle throws to the Milwaukee Brewers during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 16, 2021, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto (19) reacts after scoring during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Wednesday, June 16, 2021, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/06/web1_126829738-1674b7ad388a4471bac7434fbbecf60d.jpgCincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto (19) reacts after scoring during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Wednesday, June 16, 2021, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

Cincinnati Reds right fielder Jesse Winker (33) is tagged out at second base by Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Luis Urias (2) during the sixth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 16, 2021, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/06/web1_126829738-575ef21c775f4070a588cbd79c5c51ae.jpgCincinnati Reds right fielder Jesse Winker (33) is tagged out at second base by Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Luis Urias (2) during the sixth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 16, 2021, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

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Cincinnati Reds (35-31, third in the NL Central) vs. San Diego Padres (38-32, third in the NL West)

San Diego; Tonight, 8:40 p.m.

PITCHING PROBABLES: Reds: Wade Miley (6-4, 2.92 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 51 strikeouts) Padres: Joe Musgrove (4-6, 2.63 ERA, .82 WHIP, 96 strikeouts)

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Padres -172, Reds +148; over/under is 7 1/2 runs

BOTTOM LINE: San Diego enters the game as losers of their last three games.

The Padres are 21-14 in home games in 2020. San Diego’s team on-base percentage of .313 is fourth in the National League. Tommy Pham leads the team with an OBP of .374.

The Reds are 19-15 on the road. Cincinnati leads the National League in hitting with a .248 batting average, Nick Castellanos leads the team with an average of .350.

TOP PERFORMERS: Fernando Tatis Jr. leads the Padres with 21 home runs and has 48 RBIs.

Jesse Winker leads the Reds with 17 home runs and has 41 RBIs.

LAST 10 GAMES: Padres: 2-8, .210 batting average, 5.08 ERA, outscored by 13 runs

Reds: 8-2, .249 batting average, 3.36 ERA, outscored opponents by 23 runs

INJURIES: Padres: Trey Wingenter: (elbow), Taylor Williams: (knee), Matt Strahm: (knee), Drew Pomeranz: (lat), Adrian Morejon: (left forearm), Keone Kela: (right forearm), Javy Guerra: (right elbow), Mike Clevinger: (elbow), Jose Castillo: (undisclosed), Michel Baez: (right elbow), Dan Altavilla: (elbow), Jorge Ona: (right elbow), Austin Nola: (knee).

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.