(SportsNetwork.com) - With Milwaukee's Yovani Gallardo and Cincinnati's Johnny Cueto on the mound, runs are expected to be at a premium for Saturday's matchup between the Brewers and Reds at Great American Ball Park.
The two starting pitchers have ERAs below 2.00. Gallardo, who has a 1.91 ERA and doesn't have a decision over his last four starts, has lasted at least six innings in each of his six appearances this year. Cueto, who has also made six starts with a 1.15 ERA, is 2-0 over his last three outings.
Gallardo's last victory came April 6 at Boston when he blanked the Red Sox over 6 2/3 frames. Gallardo's most recent start came Monday at St. Louis when he allowed seven hits and three runs in six frames. He's 7-6 with a 4.35 ERA in 20 starts against the Reds.
Cueto didn't get a decision despite fanning 11 over eight shutout innings at Atlanta on Sunday. His last loss came April 11 versus Tampa Bay. The righty is 5-3 with a 3.31 ERA in 14 starts against the Brewers.
A win tonight would keep the Brewers unbeaten in road series this year. They are 12-3 on the road, going 4-0-0 in series play thus far.
In the second portion of the four-game set last night, Wily Peralta tossed eight scoreless innings and knocked in two runs in Milwaukee's 2-0 victory.
Peralta (4-1), who allowed three hits and struck out seven to earn the win, had a two-run double in the fifth inning to account for the only scoring on the night.
"It was good, you could see his confidence growing every inning," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said of Peralta. "And then when he put that swing on the ball (in the fifth) he just got stronger from there."
Francisco Rodriguez came on in the ninth and nailed down his 14th save of the season.
Jonathan Lucroy collected three hits, while Lyle Overbay and Jean Segura each scored a run for Milwaukee, which snapped a two-game losing streak.
Mike Leake (2-3) took the tough-luck loss for the Reds, surrendering two runs on seven hits and two walks with five strikeouts over eight innings.
The Reds have lost five of their last seven and were shut out for the fourth time this season.
"You have to give credit to solid starting pitching from both pitchers," Reds manager Bryan Price said.
Cincinnati has gone 14-6 at home versus Milwaukee since the start of the 2012 campaign.