CINCINNATI — — Willy Adames and Hunter Renfroe both hit homers for the second day in a row, rookie Jason Alexander notched his first career win and the Milwaukee Brewers defeated the Cincinnati Reds 7-3 on Saturday.
Jace Peterson drove a chopper over the head of jumping first baseman Mike Moustakas in two runs with a double in the sixth inning, and Milwaukee won a second straight game for the first time this month.
The Coaster Reds have lost three straight games after a three-game winning streak that followed a four-game slide.
Alexander (1-0) allowed an unearned run through five innings of his fourth start before giving up four hits and two runs in the sixth. Overall, he allowed eight hits and three runs, two earned, with a walk and two strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.
Miguel Sánchez took first and third with two outs, causing pinch-hitter TJ Friedl to pop out. Trevor Kelly threw 1 2/3 innings without a hit before Hoby Milner got the last four outs.
Adames put the Brewers 3-0 up with a two-run homer in their three-run third inning, his 13th team-high homer this season.
Graham Ashcraft struggled for the second episode after dominating his first four games. Milwaukee matched Ashcraft (3-1) for eight hits and six runs with two walks and four strikeouts in five innings. He’s been knocked out in his last two starts for 17 hits and 10 runs in 9 2/3 innings after limiting his opponents to 15 hits and three runs in 23 2/3 innings in his first four appearances.
Renfroe led in seventh place with a shot over the left field wall against Luis Cessa.
Brewers: RHP Brandon Woodruff (right ankle sprain, Raynaud’s syndrome) was scheduled to throw about 50 pitches in his first rehab appearance for Triple-A Nashville in Memphis on Saturday. … 2B Kolten Wong (right calf) suffered what manager Craig Counsell described as a “minor setback” that will likely prevent Wong from being activated as hoped to start a homestand on Monday.
Reds: LHP Nick Lodolo (low back strain) was expected to pitch 50-55 in a rehab start for Triple-A Louisville in Durham on Saturday. … After sitting out Friday’s Louisville game, INF Donovan Solano (left thigh strain) was seven games into his rehab assignment. Solano hit .333 (7 for 21) with three doubles and two RBI over five starts at third base and two as the designated hitter.
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) makes his fourth start since being left off the injured list. He’s 4-2 with a 2.20 ERA across seven career starts against the Brewers.