MILWAUKEE (WSAU-TSN) Mike Fiers took a perfect game into the seventh inning on Tuesday and the Milwaukee Brewers hung on to edge the Cincinnati Reds, 3-1, in the middle installment of a three-game series at Miller Park.
Fiers (6-4) threw 76 of his 113 pitches for strikes, allowed just one run and a trio of hits while fanning seven and walking one over eight innings to win his third consecutive start. Jim Henderson was perfect in the ninth inning to secure his first career save.
Aramis Ramirez belted a two-run home run in the opening inning and Jean Segura collected his first major league RBI with a sacrifice fly in the seventh for the Brewers, who have won two straight on the heels of a three-game slide.
Zack Cozart ripped a double off Fiers leading off the seventh to break up the perfect game and Brandon Phillips got the lone RBI on a sacrifice fly for the NL Central-leading Reds, who have lost three straight.
Johnny Cueto (14-6) pitched well in defeat, allowing three runs on six hits over seven innings with nine strikeouts, but it wasn't enough as the righty lost for the first time since July 3.
The Brewers go for the sweep against the RedsWednesday afternoon at 12:35pm on AM-550 FM-99.9 WSAU.