MILWAUKEE (AP) – Milwaukee scored three runs on two misjudged balls in the outfield by Chris Heisey, and Wily Peralta pitched seven strong innings in the Brewers’ 5-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night.
Ryan Braun hit a two-run double in the third on which Heisey took a couple of steps in before retreating as the high liner went over his head. The four-year veteran with 134 career starts in left field apparently lost Carlos Gomez’s high fly ball to the warning track in the fourth inning that turned into an RBI ground-rule double that made it 4-0.
Peralta (11-6) allowed three hits, including Billy Hamilton’s solo homer. Francisco Rodriguez threw a 1-2-3 ninth for his 29th save.
Cincinnati’s Mat Latos (2-2) gave up four earned runs and eight hits in seven innings.
It could have been a much closer game had Heisey made those two plays in left. The lights were on at Miller Park for an evening game that started under overcast skies, though Heisey seemed to be most bothered by the conditions.
Arms turned upward near his waist, Heisey looked lost as the fly ball by Gomez bounced a couple of feet away on the warning track. Heisey tried to reach for the ball as it bounced over the wall, and Jean Segura scored from second on a play that could have gotten Latos out of the inning.
Gomez then scored on an error by Donald Lutz, subbing for the injured Joey Votto at first base. An errant relay throw by second baseman Ramon Santiago allowed a run to score in the third.
The Reds lost again after resuming the season with a three-game sweep by the New York Yankees. Manager Bryan Price was ejected Monday in the sixth inning by home plate umpire David Rackley after Devin Mesoraco got into a heated argument over a called third strike on a checked swing.
Peralta, a right-hander with a fastball in the high-90s, overcame an early bout of wildness to win his second straight decision.
NOTES: Reds OF Jay Bruce, in an 0-for-15 slump, got the night off. … The last four homers hit by Hamilton have come against the Brewers. … A kitchen fire at a Miller Park restaurant early Monday morning left the restaurant, escalators, elevators and a few other areas in left field unusable because of water damage. … Cincinnati’s Homer Bailey (8-5) opposes Milwaukee’s Jimmy Nelson (1-1) on Tuesday night.