Reds fall to Brewers

Milwaukee Brewers' Rowdy Tellez watches his two-run home run during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds on Friday, Aug. 5, 2022, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)

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Milwaukee Brewers' Rowdy Tellez watches his two-run home run during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds on Friday, Aug. 5, 2022, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)

Eric Lauer pitched seven strong innings, Rowdy Tellez and Tyrone Taylor homered, and the Milwaukee Brewers shook out of their post-trade deadline funk with a 5-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night.

NL Central-leading Milwaukee had lost three straight since dealing All-Star closer Josh Hader to San Diego on Monday.

Tellez hit a two-run shot in the first inning off Robert Dugger (0-1), and Taylor followed with a three-run blast in the third.

“We’ve played good baseball, and we know when we play good baseball, we win,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “Pitched very well tonight, couple home runs with some guys on base and played solid defense.”

Lauer (8-3) worked out of trouble early, loading the bases in the first and putting two aboard in each of the next two frames. But the Reds couldn’t cash in until Kyle Farmer’s RBI single in the fifth.

Cincinnati threatened in the ninth, putting two on with one out against Trevor Gott. The Brewers then turned to Devin Williams, who fanned Matt Reynolds and Jonathan India for his seventh save of the season and his first since taking over for Hader.

“We were putting something together in the ninth but Williams came in and did a nice job,” Cincinnati manager David Bell said. “We just have to keep going.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Reds: RHP Hunter Greene was placed on the 15-day injured list with a strained right shoulder, and reliever Ryan Hendrix was recalled from Triple-A Louisville. ... RHP Jeff Hoffman (right forearm) was slated to throw a bullpen session Friday and could return to the team as early as next week. ... RHP Art Warren (right flexor strain) is expected to start a minor-league rehab assignment sometime in the next few days.

UP NEXT

Brewers left-hander Aaron Ashby (2-9, 4.13 ERA) faces Cincinnati lefty Nick Lodolo (3-3, 4.23) on Saturday night.

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