CINCINNATI — — Willy Adames and Hunter Renfroe both homered for the second straight day, rookie Jason Alexander picked up his first career victory and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-3 on Saturday.
Jace Peterson drove in two runs with a double in the sixth inning on a helicopter over the head of jumping first baseman Mike Moustakas, and Milwaukee won a second straight game for the first time this month.
“It’s been a while,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “We played good baseball today. That’s what you have to do to win in this league. We have won a victory.
The rollercoaster Reds have lost three in a row after a three-game winning streak, which followed a four-game slide.
Alexander (1-0) allowed eight hits and three runs, including two earned, with one walk and two strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.
“I thought, in the first three innings, he was really good,” Counsell said. “He was getting weird swings. Part of his success is that he doesn’t hit a lot of guys.
Miguel Sánchez inherited runners at first and third with two outs and brought out pinch hitter TJ Friedl. Trevor Kelly pitched a 1 2/3 no-hitter inning before Hoby Milner got the final four out.
Adames gave the Brewers a 3-0 lead with a two-run homer on their third inning three-run, his team-high 13th home run this season.
Graham Ashcraft struggled for the second straight after dominating his first four outings. Milwaukee got to Ashcraft (3-1) for eight hits and six runs with two walks and four strikeouts in five innings.
“I thought Ashcraft was pretty good,” Reds manager David Bell said. “It’s a good formation. He gave us a chance to win the game. There were a few pitches. He won’t be perfect, but he’s been really good since he’s been here. He’s very confident. He’s on the right track.
Ashcraft has been knocked down for 17 hits and 10 runs in 9 2/3 innings in his last two starts after limiting opponents to 15 hits and three runs in 23 2/3 innings in his first four appearances.
“I think we might have to get back to getting them hitting the fastball before going off-speed,” Ashcraft said. “I could be at fault for that.”
Renfroe started the seventh with a shot over the left field wall against Luis Cessa.
Tommy Pham’s first-inning throwing error increased the number of consecutive games the Reds have erred to 10, the team’s longest streak since an 11-game streak from April 7-19 2000.
RUN THE SAVERS
Milwaukee left fielder Tyrone Taylor saved a run with a dipping and backhand catch from Brandon Drury’s flowing liner with Aramis Garcia at second and two outs at third. Third base umpire Marvin Hudson initially ruled there was no strike, but the Brewers contested and the appeal was overturned.
Peterson followed to third base in the next inning with a grab from Garcia’s understudy with runners at second and third and an out.
CAIN LET GO
The Brewers designated two-time All-Star Lorenzo Cain for assignment the day he reached 10 years of major league service. Cain, 36, hit .179 with a home run and nine RBIs in 43 games this season. Waiting until Saturday allowed Cain to be fully invested in the player retirement program.
Brewers: RHP Brandon Woodruff (sprained right ankle, Raynaud’s syndrome) was expected to throw about 50 pitches in his first appearance in rehab for Triple-A Nashville in Memphis on Saturday. … 2B Kolten Wong (right calf) suffered what Counsell described as a “minor setback,” which will likely prevent Wong from being activated as hoped for the start of a homestand Monday.
Reds: LHP Nick Lodolo (back weakness) was expected to throw 50-55 in a rehab start for Triple-A Louisville in Durham on Saturday.
Brewers: RHP Adrian Houser (3-7) is 0-5 with a 4.79 ERA in his last seven starts since a 10-5 win over the Reds on May 5 in Milwaukee.
Reds: LHP Mike Minor (1-2) is making his fourth start since coming off the injured list. He’s 4-2 with a 2.20 ERA in seven career starts against the Brewers.