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Brewers’ Garza thwarts Reds

CINCINNATI — Matt Garza tossed his fourth career complete-game shutout and third baseman Aramis Ramirez drove in the lone run with an RBI single in the first inning, lifting the Milwaukee Brewers to a 1-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday afternoon at Great American Ball Park.

Cincinnati (44-42) was shut out for the 10th time this season as Milwaukee (52-36) snapped a four-game losing streak.

Garza (6-5) baffled Reds batters, allowing just two hits despite entering Saturday’s game with a 5.45 ERA against them in seven career starts. He walked two and struck out nine.

Reds starter Homer Bailey, who didn’t allow a hit until the seventh inning on Sunday against the Giants, gave up two in the first inning on Saturday, including Ramirez’s two-out RBI single that put Milwaukee ahead 1-0.

After the rocky first inning, Bailey (8-5) managed to pitch eight innings, allowing one run on seven hits, with four walks and eight strikeouts.

Garza retired the first 12 batters he faced, three via strikeout. He needed just 36 pitches to get through four innings.

Cincinnati was held hitless until second baseman Brandon Phillips singled leading off the fifth, but he was doubled off first base on Jay Bruce’s line drive to first baseman Mark Reynolds.

Milwaukee twice was denied a chance to extend its lead on plays at the plate.

In the sixth, Ramirez was thrown out at home on a relay by shortstop Zack Cozart after left fielder Khris Davis doubled off the right-field wall ending the inning.

Reynolds was tagged out at home on a relay by Phillips to end the seventh.

But Garza was able to maintain the one-run lead to the finish.

  • It was the first complete-game shutout by an opposing pitcher at Great American Ball Park since Pittsburgh’s Charlie Morton on May 18, 2011.
  • Brewers RF Ryan Braun left the game in the third inning with lower back spasms. Logan Schafer replaced him in right field.
  • Brewers LF Khris Davis returned to the starting lineup for the first time since suffering a left shoulder strain on Tuesday. “It was a nice feeling to write his name in the lineup,” Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said.