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Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Brandon Woodruff throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Brandon Woodruff struck out 10 in six shutout innings and the Milwaukee Brewers beat Cincinnati 4-1 on Wednesday night, extending their NL Central lead over the Reds to 9 1/2 games.

Avisaíl García hit an RBI double and made two big defensive plays in right field for the Brewers, who have won 12 of 15.

Woodruff (8-7), an All-Star in 2019 and 2021, struggled in his two previous starts, giving up six runs in five innings at St. Louis after lasting only three innings in Chicago against the Cubs. But on Wednesday, he permitted only four hits and retired 13 straight batters during one stretch.

Woodruff struck out four Reds, including Joey Votto, two times each.

Votto was called out on a 97 mph fastball in the first inning with one out and runners on second and third. The other time Woodruff was threatened was in the sixth. With a runner on third, Votto worked the count full for a third straight time, but flied out to end the inning.

Chicago Cubs’ Patrick Wisdom smiles as he runs to the dugout after hitting a three-run home run during the fifth inning in the first baseball game of a doubleheader against the Colorado Rockies in Chicago, Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

In all, the teams combined for 25 strikeouts.

Cincinnati starter Luis Castillo (7-13) gave up two runs and had six strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings.

Castillo didn’t allow a hit — or a ball out of the infield — until Christian Yelich hit a grounder past third base for a leadoff double in the fourth. Two pitches later, García doubled to give Milwaukee a 1-0 lead.

Those were the only two hits by the Brewers until Jace Peterson’s RBI double in the seventh chased Castillo.

Kolten Wong scored on Amir Garrett’s wild pitch in the eighth, and Luis Urías added an RBI groundout to make it 4-0.

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina smiles in the dugout during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

García robbed pinch-hitter Max Schrock of a home run in the eighth. In the sixth, he threw out Nick Castellanos trying to stretch a single.

Castellanos hit his 23rd home run off Jake Cousins in the ninth.

Milwaukee reliever Brad Boxberger retired the Reds in order in the seventh inning and Devin Williams did the same in the eighth. Cousins pitched the ninth and struck out Votto, who had words with plate umpire CB Bucknor.


Reds: Placed RHP Tejay Antone (right forearm strain) on the 10-day injured list, recalled Schrock from Triple-A Louisville and released RHP Michael Feliz. Antone (2-0, 2.14 ERA) had been reinstated from the IL on Tuesday. He relieved in the eighth inning that night, but called a trainer to the mound as he faced his first batter and left the game. Reds manager David Bell said he expected to know more in a day or so about Antone’s condition. “He’ll have all kinds of support and everything he needs to get through this,” Bell said. … All-Star OF Jesse Winker (intercostal strain) likely won’t return for at least a couple of weeks, Bell said.

Brewers: SS Willy Adames, who left early Tuesday with left quadriceps discomfort, did not play as expected. Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said Adames is day-to-day. Acquired in a May 21 trade with the Rays, he is hitting .295 with 17 home runs and 50 RBIs for the Brewers.


The three-game series ends today with Reds RHP Sonny Gray (5-6, 4.15 ERA) facing LHP Brett Anderson (4-7, 4.15).

Gray allowed one hit over seven scoreless innings in his last start, at home against Miami. Anderson yielded one hit over seven shutout innings in his last start against the Reds, on June 15 in Cincinnati.


BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles snapped their 19-game losing streak Wednesday night, rallying to beat Los Angeles after a shaky start by Shohei Ohtani left the Angels’ bullpen with too much to do.

The Angels were up 6-2 in the fourth inning and 6-4 when Ohtani left the game after the top of the sixth. But Baltimore scored a run in the seventh and five in the eighth. Ramón Urias and Kelvin Gutierrez drew bases-loaded walks to put the Orioles up 7-6, and pinch-hitter Austin Hays added a two-run double.

The Orioles were two losses shy of the American League record for the longest skid — which they set themselves in 1988 when they started 0-21.

Ohtani allowed three homers on the mound and struck out three times at the plate.

It was 6-5 when Jake Petricka (0-1) allowed a single, a double and an intentional walk to start the bottom of the eighth. He then walked Urias, his final batter, on four pitches to tie the game.

Tanner Scott (5-4) won in relief for the Orioles.


ST. LOUIS (AP) — Paul Goldschmidt homered twice and scored the game-ending run on Lars Nootbaar’s single in the 10th inning as St. Louis beat Detroit.

Nootbaar lined a two-out single to right field off Michael Fulmer (5-6) in the 10th to score Goldschmidt, who had been intentionally walked.

Tigers pinch-hitter Harold Castro tied it 2-2 in the ninth with a soft single to center off closer Alex Reyes, who blew his third save in 31 chances.

T.J. McFarland (3-0) pitched a scoreless 10th.

Goldschmidt homered in the first and third innings.

Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina said before the game that he plans to retire after next season. The 39-year-old Molina and the team agreed to terms on a one-year contract Tuesday that will bring him back for his 19th season with the franchise that drafted him in the fourth round of the 2000 amateur draft.



CHICAGO (AP) — Ryan McMahon lofted a two-run homer in the 10th inning, Brendan Rodgers followed with a two-run double that gave him five RBIs for the game, and Colorado split a doubleheader with Chicago.

The Cubs won the opener 5-2 in a tidy 2 hours, 9 minutes, thanks to Patrick Wisdom’s tiebreaking three-run homer in the fifth inning.

The nightcap lasted exactly twice as long — 4:18. McMahon hit a high drive to left field off Jake Jewell (0-2) for his 19th homer. Rodgers, who hit a two-run homer in the first inning, ripped his double down the left-field line.

Ben Bowden (3-2), the eighth of nine Colorado pitchers, got four outs for the win.

In the opener, Wisdom took Austin Gomber (9-8) deep to left.

Reliever Codi Heuer (5-2) got four outs for the win. Adam Morgan pitched a perfect seventh for his first save.

C.J. Cron hit his team-leading 22nd homer for the Rockies.

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