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Peralta doubles off Leake, Brewers beat Reds 2-0

CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Reds couldn't touch Wily Peralta. Couldn't get him out, either.

The Brewers pitcher doubled home two runs - the first RBIs of his career - and repeatedly escaped trouble during his eight innings on Friday night, leading Milwaukee to a 2-0 victory over Cincinnati.

The NL Central leaders improved the best record in the majors to 21-9 and opened a 7 1/2-game lead over the Reds, who managed only three hits and wasted several scoring chances. The Brewers improved to 12-3 on the road.

"There weren't a lot of opportunities for either team," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "You have to give credit to their starting pitcher. He made some great pitches. Mike Leake did a nice job, too. We just weren't able to capitalize on it."

Peralta (4-1) made his fifth quality start of the season, holding the Reds to three hits and a pair of walks while throwing 110 pitches. Francisco Rodriguez retired the three batters he faced for his 14th save in as many chances.

Peralta doubled with two outs in the fifth off Leake (2-3), who left his first pitch over the plate. Leake gave up seven hits and fanned five as he went eight innings for the second time this season.

"Today, he was their hero," Reds catcher Brayan Pena said. "He pitched good and got the double."

Right fielder Ryan Braun missed his sixth game with a sore muscle on his right side. The Brewers will decide this weekend whether he's close to returning or needs time on the disabled list.

Peralta put the Brewers ahead with his 10th career hit.

Lyle Overbay opened the fifth with a single and Caleb Gindl walked with one out. Jean Segura forced Gindl at second, bringing up Peralta, who had struck out in his first at-bat. He doubled to right field on the first pitch. Peralta is 10 for 72 in his career with 30 strikeouts.

"He was throwing the ball well," Peralta said. "I just went up there and guessed he'd throw me a fastball right down the middle, and I put a pretty good swing on it."

Leake wished he'd been more careful.

"I probably could've made a better pitch with the first pitch, because you know a pitcher likes to hack," Leake said. "I thought I threw pretty good and got some great defense."

Peralta made his hit stand up by escaping scoring threats in the first, fourth, fifth and sixth innings. He fanned Jay Bruce three times with runners in scoring position. Bruce also struck out in the ninth.

Reds leadoff hitter Billy Hamilton was out of the lineup with a sore left hand, which he sprained while making a diving catch during Cincinnati's 8-3 win in the series opener Thursday night. He was available to pinch-run.

Joey Votto, robbed at the top of the wall by center fielder Carlos Gomez on Thursday night, hit a flyball that deflected off the yellow padding atop the wall in left field and bounced back into play in the fourth inning. Votto wound up with a double, and the call was upheld upon review. Votto was stranded at second.

"It has to go over the yellow and out of the park," Price said. "They got it right."

The Reds put runners on second and third with two outs in the fifth when Ramon Santiago drew a walk and Segura threw wildly to first on Leake's grounder to shortstop. Peralta retired Chris Heisey on a grounder to end the inning.

NOTES: Yovani Gallardo (2-0) faces Johnny Cueto (2-2) in the third game of the series. Cueto has allowed only one run in his last 30 innings. ... The Reds made it a "Star Wars" theme night. ... It was Milwaukee's third shutout. The Reds were blanked for the fourth time. ... Brewers 3B Aramis Ramirez extended his slump to 0 for 29. ... The Brewers put reliever Jim Henderson on the 15-day DL with a sore shoulder. Gindl was called up from Triple-A Nashville. ... Reds closer Aroldis Chapman will pitch another inning for Class-A Dayton at Lake County on Saturday, then join Triple-A Louisville to continue his rehab assignment. He's recovering from a line drive off his forehead on March 19 and could be activated next week. Peralta doubles off Leake, Brewers beat Reds 2-0

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They got no break from the Reds, who clinched the NL Central title on Saturday night.

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CINCINNATI (AP) -- Dusty Baker won't manage the Cincinnati Reds until the final series in St. Louis, giving him time to recover from an irregular heartbeat that left him hospitalized last week.

Baker met with owner Bob Castellini and his team on Tuesday before a game against the Brewers. Bench coach Chris Speier said he'll manage the final three home games against Milwaukee and three in Pittsburgh over the weekend, with Baker taking over for the last three games next week.

The 63-year-old manager was hospitalized in Chicago last Wednesday for an irregular heartbeat, a problem he's had for a while. He was in the hospital for four days, missing the Reds' 6-0 win over the Dodgers on Saturday night that clinched the NL Central title.

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When No. 14 Ohio State travels to 20th-ranked Michigan State on Saturday, the Buckeyes anticipate they'll run into a more conventional Midwestern attack. Granted, that means having to counteract the 244-pound blasts of the Spartans' massive Le'Veon Bell.

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