Hader gets 500th K, Brewers stop Reds’ 2-game win streak

CINCINNATI (AP) — Josh Hader reached 500 career strikeouts, Luis Urías hit a tying home run and made a clutch catch and the Milwaukee Brewers held off Cincinnati 5-4 Tuesday to stop the Reds’ season-high, two-game winning streak.

Jace Peterson broke a 1-1 tie in the sixth with the first of his two doubles for the NL Central-leading Brewers, who ended a three-game losing streak. With the potential tying run on third base with two outs in the eighth, Urías dived to his left at shortstop to snare Kyle Farmer’s liner just above the ground and end a three-run rally.

Freddy Peralta started the game for the Crew, lasting 5.2 innings and notching 8 strikeouts. The bullpen took over in the sixth with Milwaukee leading 3-1. Things got a bit too close for comfort when Devin Williams allowed 3 runs on 2 hits and 3 walks in the eighth, but Hader came through in the ninth to shut down the Reds and earn the save, his 12th of the season.

Peralta was credited with the win for Milwaukee, moving his record to 2-1 on the season.

The bats remained somewhat quiet for the Brewers, with Kolton Wong, Christian Yellich and Rowdy Tellez all going hitless. In a break from tradition, it was the bottom of the lineup that proved most productive. Jace Peterson, Lorenzo Cain and Victor Caratini were the only ones with multiple hits. Good contact was hard to come by for both teams. Only three of the 10 Reds batters that came to the plate got on base after putting a ball in play.

The win moves the Brewers to 20-11. The team leads the NL Central by 3 games, has the third-best record in the National League and are tied for fourth-best in all of baseball.

Milwaukee and Cincinnati will wrap up their series on Wednesday at Great American Ball Park.

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First pitch is scheduled for 11:35 a.m. CT and Adrian Houser (3-2, 3.42 ERA) is expected to start for the Crew against Vladamir Guiterrez (0-5, 8.86 ERA).