In his last start, Milton won his first game in nearly a month, allowing five hits and one run with one walk and three strikeouts in seven innings of a 3-2 win at Philadelphia on Saturday.
“He pitched one of his better games,” Reds interim manager Jerry Narron said. “He’s given us some really good games, but I don’t think even he can explain the struggles he’s had. It’s definitely there. Everybody knows he’s going to be around the plate and challenge guys. I’m sure tonight’s performance will leave him in a positive frame of mind, no matter what he does in his last start.”
Signed to a $25.5 million, three-year deal by the Reds to be their ace in the offseason Milton has struggled, allowing a major league-worst 40 home runs.
The loss pushed the Brewers back to the .500 mark (79-79) as they try to finish with a winning record for the first time since 1992, when they were still in the American League.
“It is a tough thing to accomplish,” Brewers manager Ned Yost said of reaching .500. “But we’ve got four games left and we’re at .500, so we’ll just keep going after it.”