MILWAUKEE (AP) — Brandon Woodruff struck out 12 to tie his career high, Willy Adames hit a three-run homer and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Cincinnati Reds 6-3 on Tuesday night.
The NL Central-leading Brewers have won six of their last seven games. The 12 Ks from Woodruff (3-1) came over 5 2/3 innings, in which he gave up all three runs and no walks. The 2021 All-Star had struck out 15 batters over 10 innings in his previous two starts.
It was the first time in franchise history that Brewers starters struck out 10 or more batters in three consecutive games. Corbin Burnes struck out 10 batters Sunday and Eric Lauer struck out 11 on Saturday.
Brewers pitchers entered Tuesday with the second-most strikeouts (234) in the majors, behind the Mets.
The Reds have lost seven in a row and have the worst record in the majors at 3-20. The loss tied the Reds’ longest consecutive road-loss streak of 11 games set in 1945.
Cincinnati was without first baseman Joey Votto, who showed symptoms of COVID-19 but hadn’t yet tested positive. The team still put him in the injured list.
Milwaukee took a 3-0 lead in the third inning off starter Tyler Mahle (1-4). One batter reached base on an error and another on a walk before Adames hit his 419-foot home run. It was Adames’ sixth homer.
Mahle entered the game with a 6.45 ERA that was the highest in the majors, and lasted only 3 1/3 innings, giving up four earned runs.
Rowdy Tellez hit a solo homer off Phillip Diehl to extend Milwaukee’s lead to 6-3 in the eighth.
Woodruff gave up back-to-back home runs in the fourth to Tommy Pham and Mike Moustakas. Moustakas’ traveled 429 feet. Aaron Ashby pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings and Devin Williams earned his second save.
Reds: Activated C Tyler Stephenson (concussion), recalled IF/OF Alejo Lopez and optioned C Mark Kolozsvary to Triple-A Louisville.
Brewers: Designated RHP José Ureña for assignment.
Reds RHP Vladimir Gutiérrez (0-4, 7.41 ERA) takes on Brewers RHP Freddy Peralta (0-1, 5.00 ERA) on Wednesday in the second game of the three-game series. Gutiérrez gave up six runs and walked six in four innings in his last start, at home against the Padres. Peralta went six innings in his last start, at Pittsburgh, giving up no runs and three hits and striking out seven.