CINCINNATI -- Right-hander Wily Peralta allowed just three hits over eight shutout innings and drove in the decisive runs with a two-run double, lifting the Milwaukee Brewers to a 2-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night at Great American Ball Park.
Peralta (4-1) overcame a rough first inning and walked two and struck out seven over his 110 pitches.
Cincinnati (13-16) could not take advantage of its few opportunities against Peralta, going 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position. Two of the three hits allowed by Peralta were doubles with less than two outs, but neither produced a run for the Reds.
Catcher Jonathan Lucroy went 3-for-4 with a double for Milwaukee, which improved its major-league leading record to 21-9.
Aside from Peralta's double, Reds right-hander Mike Leake (2-3) was equally impressive, pitching eight innings and allowing two runs on seven hits with two walks and five strikeouts.
Francisco Rodriguez improved to 14-for-14 in save situations with a 1-2-3 ninth inning.
Peralta needed 24 pitches to get through the first inning but cruised through the next four with just 49 pitches.
Leake, meanwhile, retired the first nine batters he faced, including three consecutive strikeouts in the second inning.
Milwaukee had runners on first and third with one out in the fourth, but third baseman Aramis Ramirez extended his hitless streak to 27 at-bats by grounding into a 6-4-3 double play.
Reds first baseman Joey Votto began the fourth with a drive off the top of the left-center field wall. It was ruled a double and confirmed as such after a one-minute, 25-second review by crew chief Jerry Layne. But Votto was left stranded.
Milwaukee snapped the scoreless tie with two outs in the fifth when Peralta's two-run double to right-center field made the score 2-0.
NOTES: Milwaukee placed RHP Jim Henderson on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation and recalled OF Caleb Gindl from Triple-A Nashville. ... Reds LHP Aroldis Chapman will make his second rehabilitation start for Class A Dayton on Saturday at Lake County. If all goes well, Chapman will continue his rehab at Triple-A Louisville. ... Reds catchers Devin Mesoraco, Brayan Pena and Tucker Barnhart lead the major leagues at their position in batting average, doubles, slugging percentage, on-base percentage and OPS. ... Reds CF Billy Hamilton was out of the lineup on Friday after spraining the third and fourth knuckles on his left hand making a diving catch of CF Carlos Gomez's line drive in the first inning on Thursday.