CINCINNATI (AP) — Two hits, another 1-0 shutout. The Cincinnati Reds are wasting a lot of special pitching.
Matt Garza threw a two-hitter for his fourth career shutout, and the Milwaukee Brewers ended their four-game losing streak by beating Cincinnati 1-0 on Saturday night.
The Reds were blanked for the 10th time, including the third time in their last five games. Cincinnati has been shut out 1-0 at home three times this season, including opening day against St. Louis.
"The 1-0s are very frustrating," right fielder Jay Bruce said. "We have a capable offense."
They wasted a good performance by Homer Bailey. Aramis Ramirez singled home a run in the first off Bailey (8-5), who gave up seven hits through eight innings. Two Brewers were thrown out at the plate.
"I thought he pitched a great game," manager Bryan Price said. "He wasn't particularly sharp, gave up a couple of leadoff walks, but he was able to pitch around them. To compete for eight innings and hold them to one run was phenomenal."
Bailey called it a tough game to lose.
"The offense has been picking me up all year, and it came back around today," Bailey said. "It's frustrating to lose, but that's the way the game goes."
Despite a slump that matched their longest of the season, the Brewers maintained the best record in the league and a five-game lead over St. Louis in the NL Central.
Garza (6-5) has been one of the Brewers' best starters lately, going 4-1 in his last seven games. He retired the first 12 batters in order before Brandon Phillips led off the fifth with a single for Cincinnati's first hit.
He allowed two hits, two walks and fanned nine while going the distance for the first time this season, throwing 111 pitches. It was his first shutout since 2010, when he threw Tampa Bay's first no-hitter for a 5-0 win over Detroit.