MILWAUKEE – Eric Claure pitched seven innings, Rowdy Tellez and Tyrone Taylor homered, and the Milwaukee Brewers shrugged off trade-deadline fears Friday night with a 5-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.
NL Central-leading Milwaukee has lost three straight since trading All-Star Josh Hader to San Diego on Monday.
Treize had two in the first inning from Robert Doug (0-1) and Taylor had a three in the third.
“We played well and we knew when we played well, we won,” Brewers manager Craig Council said. “Pitched really well tonight, had a couple of home runs at the base with some guys and played a solid defense.”
Raul (8-3) got out of trouble early, loading the bases in the first inning and putting two each in the next two frames. But it wasn’t until Kyle Farmer’s RBI single in the fifth inning that the Reds could cash in.
“It’s better to pitch when you’re leading, when you’re up front,” Lauer said. “You have some wiggle room. You can go out there, slam the area and actually attack people.”
Cincinnati threatened in the ninth, going 1-2 against Trevor Gott. The Brewers then turned to Devin Williams, who made his seventh save of the season for Matt Reynolds and Jonathan India and his first since taking over Hader.
“We pieced something together in Game 9, but Williams came in and did a good job,” Cincinnati head coach David Bell said. “We just had to move on.”
Brewers president of baseball operations David Stearns and major owner Mark Attanasio supported the decision to trade Hader.
“Cost-cutting has absolutely nothing to do with this,” Atanasio said. “Every player available, we have the resources to pick — not just for the remainder of (this) season, but for (any remaining) seasons in their contracts.”
Stearns noted that the Brewers’ salary increased after he signed backup Trevor Rosenthal and that he is discussing other trades.
“We reached out to some players the day before the deadline, and if we can get a deal, our wages will go up further,” Stearns said. “Ultimately, we didn’t make these deals because I made a decision that was too talented.”
In 1982, the Brewers commemorated the 40th anniversary of their only World Series champion in 1982 in a pregame ceremony. Hall of Famers Paul Molitor, Robin Yount and Rollie Fingers were in attendance.
“They’re just a unique group of people, and as a fan, you bond with one of them, and they’re your favorites,” Conseil said. “That’s what makes it enduring. They’ve also been a great baseball team over the years.”
Reds: RHP Hunter Greene is on the 15-day injured list with a right shoulder strain and reliever Ryan Hendrix has been recalled from Triple-A Louisville. … RHP Jeff Hoffman (right forearm) was scheduled for Friday’s bullpen practice and could be back with the team as early as next week. … RHP Art Warren (right flexor strain) is expected to begin a minor league rehab mission sometime in the next few days.
Brewers: Conseil said it’s too early to determine the severity of C Omar Narvaez’s tight quad.
Brewers left-hander Aaron Ashby (2-9, 4.13 ERA) faced Cincinnati southpaw Nick Lodolo (3-3, 4.23) on Saturday night.
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