CINCINNATI, Ohio (WSAU-TSN) Logan Schafer tied a career high with three hits, part of a 3-for-4 effort with a pair of doubles and two RBI, as Milwaukee silenced Cincinnati, 6-0, in the middle test of a three-game series. It was only the Brewers 3rd win in their last 16 tires at Great American Ballpark.
Juan Francisco hit a two-run homer and drove in three runs for the Brewers, while Yovani Gallardo (6-6) gave up three hits and two walks along with five strikeouts over six sterling innings.
Jonathan Lucroy added two hits and scored twice for Milwaukee, which blanked an opponent for the first time all season.
Jay Bruce and Ryan Hanigan each collected a pair of hits for the Reds, but starter Homer Bailey (4-5) was touched for six runs and eight hits over seven full frames.
Cincinnati, which has dropped two of three, was held scoreless for the first time since April 26.
Milwaukee snagged a pair of two-out runs in the second to take the lead. With runners on the corners, a Bailey wild pitch brought in Lucroy before Francisco's fly to center scored Schafer.
Schafer started the fifth with a double and Francisco followed with his sixth homer of the season to make it 4-0 for the visitors.
It was 6-0 in the next inning, as Aramis Ramirez walked and Lucroy singled with one out before both scored on a Schafer double.
The Reds threatened in the second, but Hanigan flied out with men on first and second. Gallardo was in control in every other inning, and retired the last five men he faced after a one-out single from Hanigan in the fifth.
Tom Gorzelanny gave up two hits in the seventh but survived, then departed after Shin-Soo Choo's leadoff hit in the eighth. Donovan Hand induced a double-play grounder from Zack Cosart and a flyout from Joey Votto to keep the shutout intact.
Jim Henderson finished off the shutout by working around a one-out double from Bruce in the ninth.
The Brewers and Reds play again Sunday at 12noon on AM-550 FM-99.9 WSAU.