MILWAUKEE (WSAU-TSN) Yovani Gallardo dazzled Cincinnati hitters over seven frames as the Milwaukee Brewers topped the red-hot Reds, 6-3, in opener of a three-game series at Miller Park.
Gallardo (10-8) gave up one run on six hits and struck out four. It was the second start in a row Gallardo held an opponent to just one run and the 10th time this season he has surrendered one or fewer earned runs.
"(Gallardo) had good command on his fastball again," Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke said. "He also had really good command of his slider. He pitched a good game."
Corey Hart and Aramis Ramirez hit back-to-back homers and Martin Maldonado belted a two-run shot, all within a span of four batters in the sixth inning. Maldonado finished the game 3-for-4 with two doubles and three RBI, as the Brewers bounced back with a win after being swept by the Cardinals.
John Axford recorded the final five outs to pick up his 18th save of the season.
Bronson Arroyo (7-7) was saddled with the loss after giving up five runs on 10 hits over 5 1/3 innings. Arroyo struck out five and didn't walk a batter as he fell for the first time in four starts.
"I'm always comfortable in this ballpark. I knew keeping the ball down was going to be at a premium today," Arroyo said. "They put some good swings on balls and played a good game."
Zack Cozart went 2-for-5 with a solo homer and Dioner Navarro and Xavier Paul each drove in a run for the Reds, who lost for the second straight game and just their third time in 18 tries.
Gallardo retired Brandon Phillips on a ground ball in the fifth to leave a pair of runners in scoring position. He helped his own cause with an RBI single to left-center in the bottom of the frame to drive in Maldonado, who had doubled.
Ramirez homered to left-center with one out in the sixth and Hart followed with a towering shot to the same part of the park. Rickie Weeks then singled, and Maldonado sent a ball to the wall in left that barely got out.
Trailing 5-0 in the seventh, Cozart lifted a solo homer to put the NL Central leaders on the board.
Cincinnati added two more in the eighth to make it 5-3, but the Reds could have possibly tied the game had it not been for a nice catch by right fielder Norichika Aoki.
Jay Bruce singled and Scott Rolen doubled to put runners at second and third with one out. After Todd Frazier walked, Paul slapped a pinch-hit single to right to push Bruce across. Navarro followed with a sacrifice fly to plate Rolen. Navarro's ball was caught by a sliding Aoki in right-center.
"I thought I hit it good, I thought for sure it was going to be in the gap," Navarro said. "Aoki made a spectacular play. Who knows what would have happened if he hadn't made a diving catch."
Maldonado's RBI ground-rule double in the home half capped the scoring.
The Brewers and Reds play again tonight at 6:35pm on AM-550 FM-99.9 WSAU.