Perez, Lucroy homers propel Brewers past Reds

Sunday's face-off between Straily and Brewers starter Zach Davies was a textbook pitcher's duel, with each starter tossing seven shutout innings.

The bottom two teams in the NL Central have split the first two games of their series. He allowed two runs on nine base hits in that outing and walked one batter while striking out three.

Reds manager Bryan Price argued the call and ultimately was ejected.

If you want to talk about missed opportunities, today's game was an excellent example of one. "My pitches had better life through the whole game tonight".

"There was more into it than that, and we'll leave it at that", Price said.

The Brewers are awaiting word on the condition of right fielder Hernan Perez who left Saturday's game with a left foot contusion after hitting a two-run home run to spark the offensive outburst. Will Smith reliever Thornburg and walked Joey Votto, putting runners on first and second. "Quinn does a great job". Will Middlebrooks' RBI single made the score 4-0, although the Brewers' third baseman was thrown out at second to end the inning. "We had a difference of opinion and it got out of hand".

Reds 3B Eugenio Suarez went 1 for 3, leaving him 4 for 32 (.125) since his seven-game hitting streak was snapped on July 3 at Miami.

Since struggling in his first three starts, going 0-3 with 13 earned runs allowed in 13 1/3 innings, Davies responded by going 6-1 with a 3.24 ERA in 12 starts with seven quality starts. "I know it's going right when they're taking pitches and not getting good swings on balls".

Davies takes the roster spot left open when infielder Yadiel Rivera was optioned to Colorado Springs after Saturday's game.

Votto went 4 for 5 against Milwaukee on a night where the rest of the Reds offense went completely kaput, singling three times and doubling once in the process. Through 15 starts this year, Davies is now 6-4 with a 4.10 ERA and he has struck out a total of 71 batters in 85.2 innings. He was sent for precautionary X-rays.

Cincinnati starter Dan Straily and Milwaukee's Zach Davies each pitched seven impressive innings.

On Sunday, Straily will make his 20th appearance and 17th start of the season.

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