MILWAUKEE -- Yovani Gallardo was sharp in his return from the disabled list as the Milwaukee Brewers beat Cincinnati 2-0 on Saturday evening at Miller Park.
In his first start since injuring his hamstring two weeks ago, Gallardo (9-9) gave up three hits with two walks and three strikeouts in 6 1/3 shutout innings.
The Reds put a runner in scoring position just once against Gallardo, who retired the first 11 batters in order. That came in the fourth inning when Joey Votto walked and moved to second on Brandon Phillips' base hit. But Phillips was caught in a rundown between first and second, wiping out the Reds' best scoring chance of the game.
Phillips' one-out single in the seventh ended Gallardo's night. Brandon Kintzler came on and gave up a single to Jay Bruce. Ryan Ludwick loaded the bases with a bloop single, but Kintzler preserved the shutout by getting pinch-hitter Xavier Paul to ground into an inning-ending double play.
Jim Henderson struck out the side in the ninth for his 18th save of the season.
Cincinnati starter Mat Latos (12-4) struck out six in seven innings but lost for just the second time since July 1 despite holding the Brewers to two runs and six hits with three walks and a hit batter.
Logan Schafer's two-out, two-run double gave Milwaukee a 2-0 lead in the fourth. The two runs were the first that Latos had allowed in 19 innings.
NOTES: The Brewers plan to use Tyler Thornburg as their long man out of the bullpen, giving manager Ron Roenicke a chance to evaluate Tom Gorzelanny and Marco Estrada as starters. ... Reds manager Dusty Baker wasn't sure if closer Aroldis Chapman would be available Saturday after pitching in Cincinnati's last two games. Chapman pitched in three consecutive games for the first time this season last week and Baker conceded that he might have to again as the Reds chase a playoff spot. ... Brewers CF Carlos Gomez was "feeling better," according to Roenicke, who said he hopes to have a better estimate of Gomez's availability after the weekend series. Gomez suffered a sprained right knee Thursday. ... After getting Friday off, Ludwick was back in the Reds' starting lineup, batting sixth and playing left field.