Milwaukee (AP) — Eric Lauer played seven strong innings, Rowdy Tellez and Tyrone Taylor built home, and the Milwaukee Brewers pulled out of their post-trade deadline funk with a 5-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night.
Milwaukee, which heads the NL Central, suffered three straight losses on Monday with San Diego after dealing with All-Star close-knit Josh Hader.
Tellez hit a two-run shot off Robert Duggar (0-1) in the first innings, and Taylor followed with a three-run blast in the third.
“We’ve played good baseball, and we know that when we play good baseball, we win,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “Great pitch tonight, couple home runs with some guys on base and solid defense.”
Lauer (8-3) quickly worked his way out of trouble, loading into first base and placing two boards in each of the next two frames. But the Reds couldn’t cash in until Kyle Farmer’s RBI single in fifth.
“It’s a good way to pitch with a lead, pitching when you’re in front,” Lauer said. “You have some dangling room. You can just go in there, pound the zone and really attack people.”
Cincinnati threatened in the ninth, dismissing two with one against Trevor Gott. The Brewers then turned to Devin Williams, who fanned Matt Reynolds and Jonathan India for a seventh save of the season and for Haider for the first time since taking over.
“We were putting something together in the ninth but Williams came in and did a good job,” said Cincinnati manager David Bell. “We just have to keep going.”
The Brewers president of baseball operations David Stearns and principal owner Mark Atanasio stood by the decision to trade Haider.
“The cost-cutting had nothing to do with it,” Atanasio said. “Every player that was available, we had the resources to pick – not only for the balance of (this) season but for (any remaining) season on their contract.”
Stearns noted that the Brewers’ payroll increased after taking reliever Trevor Rosenthal, and he was in talks about other deals.
“We had been engaged with so many players the day before the deadline and had we been able to complete a deal the day before the deadline, our payroll would have increased even more,” Stearns said. “Ultimately, we didn’t make those deals because I decided the talent asked was too much.”
In 1982, the 40th anniversary of the Brewers’ only World Series title was celebrated during a pregame ceremony. Hall of Famers Paul Molitor, Robin Yount and Rowley Fingers were in attendance.
“They’re just a unique group of people, as a fan you form a bond with one of them, they’re your favorite,” Counsel said. “That’s what makes it last. They were also a great baseball team for many years.”
Reds: RHP Hunter Greene was placed on a 15-day injured list with a strained right shoulder, and reliever Ryan Hendrix was recalled from Triple-A Louisville. … RHP Jeff Hoffman (right-hander) was to throw a bullpen session on Friday and could return to the team early next week. … RHP Art Warren (right flexor strain) is expected to begin a minor-league rehab assignment in the next few days.
Brewers: The counsel said it was too early to determine the seriousness of C Omar Narvez’s tense quad.
Brewers left-hander Aaron Ashby (2-9, 4.13 ERA) will face Cincinnati lefty Nick Lodolo (3-3, 4.23) on Saturday night.
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