Wily Peralta worked seven solid innings and allowed just three hits as the Milwaukee Brewers earned a 5-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds in their series opener at Miller Park on Monday night.
Peralta (11-6) won for the 11th time this season, walking two and striking out five. Peralta also helped his own cause by singling and scoring a run in the third.
Jean Segura had two hits, including a triple and he scored two runs in his first game at Miller Park since the death of his 9-month-old son.
The Brewers also took advantage of two misjudged balls in the Reds outfield by Chris Heisey as the Reds lost for the fourth straight game.
Francisco Rodriguez worked a 1-2-3 ninth inning for the Brewers, notching his 29th save.
Jimmy Nelson (1-1, 5.40) gets the start in game two of the series for the Brewers tonight. Cincinnati right hander Homer Bailey (8-5, 4.21) goes for the Reds.
The Brewers moved a half-game in front of the idle St. Louis Cardinals atop the NL Central Division.