CINCINNATI (AP) — Josh Hader reached 500 career strikeouts, Luis Urías hit the tying home run and made a clutch catch and the Milwaukee Brewers held off Cincinnati 5-4 Tuesday night to stop the Reds’ season-high, two-game winning streak.
Hader worked around a leadoff walk in a hitless ninth and became only the third pitcher with saves in his first 12 appearances of a season after Lee Smith in 1994 and José Mesa in 2005.
“It’s certainly made my job easier,” Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said. “We never take him for granted.”
Hader struck out Brandon Drury and Tommy Pham for the final two outs and reached 500 strikeouts. Hader accomplished the feat in 293 2/3 innings, the second-fastest behind Aroldis Chapman 292 innings.
“It’s good,” Hader said. “It’s exciting. I don’t have the words to describe it.”
Jace Peterson broke a 1-1 tie in the sixth with the first of his two doubles for the NL Central-leading Brewers, who ended a three-game losing streak. With the potential tying run on third base with two outs in the eighth, Urías dived to his left at shortstop to snare Kyle Farmer’s liner just above the ground.
“Everything happened so fast,” said Urías, who made his first start of the season at shortstop after five at third base and one at second. “I was just trying to stay focused. When I caught it, I didn’t think I was going to catch it.”
Urías’ grab ended Cincinnati’s three-run rally.
“That was an enormous play — a great play,” Counsell said. “I was just hoping he could keep it in the infield, but he caught it.”
Wandy Peralta (2-1) allowed one run and four hits in 5 2/3 innings with a season-high eight strikeouts and one walk.
“He was throwing his breaking balls for strikes,” Counsell said. “He had some juice on his…