Holmberg, Hamilton help Reds shut down Brewers 5-1

Brewers offense held to two hits in loss
Holmberg, Hamilton help Reds shut down Brewers 5-1

 David Holmberg pitched six effective innings, Billy Hamilton hit a two-run triple and the Cincinnati Reds beat Milwaukee 5-1 on Saturday night, snapping the Brewers’ three-game winning streak.

Holmberg (1-1) allowed two hits, including Aramis Ramirez’s fourth-inning homer. The left-hander has yielded one earned run in 12 2-3 innings over three September appearances.

The Brewers’ offense is struggling as it tries to keep pace in the National League playoff race. The Brewers entered the evening 1 1/2 games behind Pittsburgh for the second wild-card spot.

Cincinnati scratched out two runs in the fourth on a bases-loaded walk and sacrifice fly off Yovani Gallardo (8-10). The speedy Hamilton broke open a one-run game with his triple to the gap in right-center in the seventh.