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CINCINNATI -- Right-hander Yovani Gallardo pitched six shutout innings and Juan Francisco belted a two-run homer, lifting the Milwaukee Brewers to a 6-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday afternoon at Great American Ball Park.

Logan Schafer, making his fifth straight start in left field for injured Ryan Braun, followed his three-hit night on Friday by going 3-for-4 with two doubles and three RBI.

Gallardo (6-6) walked two and struck out five, helping the Brewers (28-39) snap a five-game losing streak to Cincinnati (41-28), which was shut out for the third time this season.

One wild pitch by Reds starter Homer Bailey in the second inning resulted in two runs for the Brewers.

Jonathan Lucroy and Schafer singled with one out. Schafer stole second and then raced to third on Bailey's wild pitch, with Lucroy scoring. Schafer came home on Juan Francisco's sacrifice fly moments later, putting Milwaukee ahead 2-0.

Bailey (4-5) gave up six earned runs and eight hits in seven innings, with a walk and four strikeouts.

Catcher Ryan Hanigan had two of the Reds' seven hits.

Gallardo, coming off eight shutout innings in his last start on Monday in Miami, cruised through the first three innings, giving up just two hits and striking out three.

Schafer led off the fifth with a double. On the next pitch, Francisco hit a two-run homer just inside the left-field foul pole to make the score 4-0.

It was Francisco's sixth home run this season, his first since a grand slam he hit off Reds reliever J.J. Hoover on May 8, also at Great American Ball Park.

Bailey, meanwhile, struggled with his location throughout most of the afternoon. Schafer's two-run double made the score 6-0 in the sixth. Schafer was thrown out trying to stretch it to a triple, but the damage was done.

Cincinnati had just one base runner reach second base through six innings against Gallardo.

The Milwaukee bullpen took over from there. Tom Gorzelanny, Donovan Hand and Jim Henderson combined for three shutout innings.

NOTES: Milwaukee was the last remaining team in the major leagues without a shutout. .. Cincinnati was shut out at Great American Ball Park for the first time since Aug. 31, 2011 (3-0 loss to Philadelphia). .. The Reds placed RHP Jonathan Broxton on the 15-day disabled list with a right elbow flexor mass strain and recalled RHP Pedro Villarreal from Triple-A Louisville. .. Reds RHP Johnny Cueto is expected to be reinstated from the 15-day DL on Sunday and start the series finale against the Brewers. .. Milwaukee recalled OF Caleb Gindl from Triple-A Nashville to fill the roster spot vacated by Braun, who was placed on the DL with a right thumb contusion. Gindl made his major league debut, striking out as a pinch-hitter in the seventh. .. Saturday marked the 75th anniversary of the second of consecutive no-hitters thrown by Reds pitcher Johnny Vander Meer, a feat never duplicated. On June 15, 1938, Vander Meer no-hit the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field, four days after no-hitting the Boston Braves at Crosley Field.
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