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MILWAUKEE -- Wily Peralta didn't know when he took the mound Tuesday night that the Brewers had taken the field a record 407 consecutive times between complete games.
Peralta's solid outing was the Brewers' first complete game since Yovani Gallardo's two-hit shutout on April 5, 2011 -- a span of 407 games that the Brewers said was the longest such drought in major league history.
"It's a great feeling. I got a little bit of adrenaline going," Peralta said. "It was my first time that I threw in in the ninth inning. It was exciting."
Logan Schafer had a little excitement of his own and provided Peralta with all the support he needed, driving in both runs with his first career homer.
Peralta (6-9), whose start was pushed back from Sunday to give his ailing left hamstring a few extra days of rest, struck out six and walked four. He was aided by two double plays and also picked a runner off first. The Reds also had a runner thrown out at home.
"Outstanding command today," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "Down in the zone with a really good sinker and I really thought he got the slider working well as the game went on. Threw some good change-ups. It was quite a ballgame."
Ton Cingrani (3-1) was almost as effective as Peralta, allowing only two singles in addition to Schafer's two-run homer, striking out 10 and walking two in seven innings.
Schafer, a last-minute replacement for Norichika Aoki, broke up the scoreless duel in the fifth. Martin Maldonado battled back from an 0-2 count for a leadoff walk and Schafer drove the first pitch 429 feet over the wall in right-center to put the Brewers up 2-0.
"One mistake, well, two mistakes; the walk and then I tried to get a head of Schafer and he jumps me," said Cingrani. "It's frustrating. I thought I did my job."
"Cingrani actually threw a better game," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "He had more strikeouts. But there's only one left-handed hitter in the lineup. He walks Maldonado and the only left-handed hitter in the lineup hits a home run. When you're not going too good, these things happen."
Derrick Robinson was within a hand swipe of putting the Reds on the board in the seventh when he sliced an opposite-field triple into the left-field corner. The ball eluded left fielder Jeff Bianchi, normally a utility infielder who came on to start the inning as a defensive replacement for Ryan Braun. Robinson tried to score on the play but was nailed on his reach back slide at home on a perfect relay throw from shortstop Jean Segura.
"Where we were, it looked like he blocked the plate on him," Baker said. "You saw it better than we did. When things aren't going good, those kind of things happen.
"When I walked Votto, I had the feeling they were get let me finish up with Phillips," Peralta said. "When I walked Votto, I just kind of stepped back and said make one pitch at a time and that's what I did."
Roenicke said he probably would have pulled Peralta had Phillips gotten on.
"It was going to be a bad decision if Phillips got on there," Roenicke said. "That was going to be a tough one."
Braun, in the starting lineup for the first time since going on the disabled list June 10, singled in the first inning on the first pitch he saw. He grounded out to short and flied to right before being lifted.
|Logan Schafer's first major-league home run helps Wily Peralta win for the sixth time this season. (USATSI)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Shin-Soo Choo, CF||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.271|
|Zack Cozart, SS||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.233|
|Joey Votto, 1B||3||0||0||0||1||0||0||.318|
|Brandon Phillips, 2B||3||0||0||0||1||0||1||.262|
|Jay Bruce, RF||2||0||0||0||1||2||0||.269|
|Derrick Robinson, LF||2||0||1||0||0||1||1||.258|
|Jack Hannahan, 3B||3||0||1||0||0||0||1||.227|
|Ryan Hanigan, C||2||0||0||0||1||1||1||.193|
|Tony Cingrani, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.267|
|Xavier Paul, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.247|
|a-grounded into a double play for Cingrani in the 8th|
|3B - Derrick Robinson (2, Peralta)|
|SH - Tony Cingrani (4)|
|PK - Brandon Phillips (1, Peralta)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|Tony Cingrani (L,3-1)||7||3||2||2||2||10||1||3.30|
|Pitches-Strikes - Tony Cingrani 109-70, Sam LeCure 11-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tony Cingrani 4-7, Sam LeCure 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Tony Cingrani 26, Sam LeCure 4|
|Rickie Weeks, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||2||0||.230|
|Jean Segura, SS||3||0||0||0||1||1||1||.320|
|Ryan Braun, LF||3||0||1||0||0||0||0||.304|
|Jeff Bianchi, LF||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.238|
|Carlos Gomez, CF||3||0||0||0||0||1||2||.305|
|Sean Halton, 1B||3||0||0||0||0||1||2||.219|
|Yuniesky Betancourt, 3B||3||0||1||0||0||2||0||.206|
|Martin Maldonado, C||2||1||0||0||1||2||1||.189|
|Logan Schafer, RF||3||1||1||2||0||0||1||.223|
|Wily Peralta, P||3||0||0||0||0||1||1||.161|
|2B - Rickie Weeks (13, LeCure)|
|HR - Logan Schafer (1, Cingrani)|
|RBI - Logan Schafer 2 (16)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|Outfield Assists - Jeff Bianchi 1|
|DP - Halton, Halton-Weeks-Segura-Halton|
|Wily Peralta (W,6-9)||9||3||0||0||4||6||0||4.82|
|WP - Wily Peralta (5)|
|HBP - Heisey (by Wily Peralta)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Wily Peralta 113-71|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wily Peralta 12-5|
|Batters Faced - Wily Peralta 31|
|Attendance - 25369|
|Game Time - 2:29|
|Temperature - 84|
|Umpires - Home - Tim Welke, First Base - Mike Everitt, Second Base - Quinn Wolcott, Third Base - Dan Bellino|