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Milwaukee scored five runs in the third inning and Brandon Woodruff earned his team-high ninth win in the Brewers’ 7-5 victory over the visiting Cincinnati Reds on Sunday afternoon.
The five-run inning helped Milwaukee earn a split in the four-game series, taking the last two games against their National League Central rivals.
Woodruff (9-2) worked seven strong innings, allowing three runs on seven hits with a career-high 12 strikeouts and one walk.
Orlando Arcia went 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBIs, and Ryan Braun (two doubles) and Ben Gamel each had two hits. Travis Shaw homered and Mike Moustakas drove in two runs.
Cincinnati’s Joey Votto went 3-for-3, slugged his seventh homer and drove in three runs, and Yasiel Puig had two hits and an RBI. Jesse Winker and Jose Peraza each singled and scored a run.
Starter Anthony DeSclafani (4-4) was unhittable early but allowed six runs in 4 2/3 innings, striking out nine — the first nine outs by the Brewers.
Making his 100th career appearance, DeSclafani opened the game by fanning the first six batters he faced, all swinging.
The six whiffs to start a game matched the club record set by Robert Stephenson last August, but the Brewers hit DeSclafani hard in the third inning as 10 batters came to the plate.
Shaw opened with his sixth homer, and Christian Yelich drove in a run with a double for a 2-0 lead. Moustakas lined a two-run single off the right-field wall, and Arcia singled in Moustakas to make it 5-0.
However, DeSclafani ended the frame by fanning Shaw on a check swing, giving him nine strikeouts in three innings.
Milwaukee added on in the fifth as Eric Thames pushed a run home with a sac fly, and Arcia followed with his 10th homer, his second of the series, for a 7-0 lead.
Woodruff cruised through five innings as the Reds managed just three hits and didn’t have a runner reach second.
But they cut the lead to 7-3 in the sixth when Votto notched his third hit, a three-run homer, to center to score pinch hitter Peraza and Winker, who had both singled.
Puig and Curt Casali knocked in runs in the ninth before Jeremy Jeffress retired Peraza on a long fly to end the game.
—Field Level Media