MILWAUKEE (AP) - Homer Bailey allowed one run and three hits in eight innings, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Milwaukee Brewers 9-1 on Sunday.
Bailey (8-10) won his third straight decision by beating a team that has given him trouble. He improved his career mark against Milwaukee to 2-7 with his first win in three starts against the Brewers this season.
Scooter Gennett's double in the second, and Khris Davis' solo shot in the fifth and infield single in the seventh were the only hits for the Brewers. Bailey walked one and struck out eight, including Juan Francisco three times.
The Reds, who lost 2-0 on Saturday night, batted around in the second inning as an erratic Wily Peralta (8-13) allowed five runs. Cincinnati sent 10 men to the plate in the fifth and tacked on four more runs.
Peralta gave up singles to the first four batters, capped by Ryan Hanigan's two-run hit. A walk to Shin-Soo Choo loaded the bases for Joey Votto, and a passed ball added another run.
The Brewers walked Votto intentionally and set up Peralta to face Brandon Phillips, who was 1-12 against the right-hander. Phillips' two-run single foiled the move and gave Bailey a 5-0 lead in the second.
Peralta settled down for the next two innings, but walked Phillips to start the fifth. He advanced on a wild pitch and took third on a fly ball to the warning track in right. Chris Heisey ended Peralta's 26th start of the season with a run-scoring single.
Tyler Thornburg took over, but was just as bad as Peralta. The Reds batted around for the second time and capitalized on Thornburg's wildness. He issued four walks, including two with the bases loaded, and a run-scoring single to Hanigan, who had two hits and three RBIs.
Alfredo Simon pitched the ninth for the Reds.
Bailey struggled a bit after throwing his second-career no-hitter with a 3-0 win over the San Francisco Giants on July 2. He lost the next four starts, but turned it around with two consecutive wins.
Peralta was totally unlike the last time he faced the Reds at Miller Park. In what might have been the best start of his first full season in the majors, he threw a three-hitter on July 9 in Milwaukee's 2-0 win.
But he allowed seven runs and eight hits, walked four and struck out four over 4 1-3 innings on Sunday. He slipped to 1-3 in four starts this season against the Reds.
NOTES: Brewers All-Star center fielder Carlos Gomez missed his third consecutive game with a sprained right knee. He was on the field for several drills and long toss before Sunday's game. He is listed as day-to-day after being injured making a twisting catch while colliding with the wall during Thursday's 2-1 loss to Cincinnati. ... Thornburg allowed two runs on one hit with five walks and one strikeout in 1 2-3 innings of relief for Milwaukee. ... Jay Bruce started the Reds' five-run second inning with a single and ended it by fouling out to third. ... Choo was on base five times with two singles and three walks. ... Reds RHP Bronson Arroyo (11-9) faces Diamondbacks RHP Randall Delgado (4-3) on Monday as Cincinnati opens a four-game series with Arizona at Great American Ball Park. ... Brewers RHP Marco Estrada (5-4) and Cardinals RHP Shelby Miller (11-8) open a three-game series as St. Louis visits Milwaukee.
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