MILWAUKEE, WI (WHBL) - Rookie Mike Fiers took a perfect game into the seventh inning Tuesday night, as the Milwaukee Brewers won their second straight over Cincinnati, 3-1 at Miller Park. Fiers retired his first 18 batters before Zack Cozart doubled to lead off the seventh. And he scored the Reds’ only run on a sacrifice fly by Brandon Phillips. Fiers only gave up two other hits – singles to Xavier Paul and Ryan Hanigan. And he struck out seven in eight innings. Rookie Jim Henderson pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his first Major League save. Brewers’ manager Ron Roenicke called Fiers a “real battler” who deserves consideration as the National League’s Rookie-of-the-Year. He’s 6-4 overall – and he’s got a 1.03 E-R-A in his last nine starts with 61 strikeouts in 61 innings. Milwaukee scored on a two-run homer by Aramis Ramirez, and a ground-out by Jean Segura which was his first Major League R-B-I. Johnny Cueto took the loss, failing in his bid to become the first National League pitcher to get 15 wins. He struck out nine in seven innings, but gave up three runs on six hits. The Reds have now lost three straight, but their lead in the National League Central is still three and a half over Pittsburgh. The Brewers have now won five straight home games for the first time since last August. They’ll go for a sweep of the Reds in their series finale this afternoon. Left-hander Randy Wolf starts against Cincy right-hander Mat Latos. Coverage on WHBL begins at 12:35.
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