Bullpen pulls out win for Milwaukee Brewers over Cincinnati

The Milwaukee Brewers' Manny Pina, left, scores against Reds catcher Tucker Barnhart on a triple by Jonathan Villar in the sixth inning Tuesday in Cincinnati. (AP photo)

CINCINNATI — A resurgent night for the Brewers’ struggling offense ended with the bullpen stealing the show again.

Ryan Braun’s two-run double put Milwaukee ahead to stay, and Jeremy Jeffress escaped a two-on, one-out threat in the eighth by fanning Joey Votto, preserving a 7-6 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night.

One day after Josh Hader set a major league record by fanning eight Reds in less than three innings to close out a 6-5 win, Jeffress came into an even more difficult situation and pulled another one out .

“The situation he came into was as tough a situation as there is — the tying run at third and Joey Votto coming up,” manager Craig Counsell said. “Josh had a great night last night. That was a tougher situation to come into.”

With runners on first and third, Jeffress got Votto on a called third strike with a fastball on the inside corner. He then retired Scott Schebler on a grounder to end the threat, and finished the game for his first save since 2016.

“The guy’s been amazing,” said Chase Anderson (3-2), who overcame a rough first inning.

Milwaukee came into a series in an historically bad slump — only two runs and 14 hits total while getting swept during a four-game series at Wrigley Field. The Brewers have broken out against a Reds team off to its worst start since the Great Depression.

Braun’s two-run double off Homer Bailey (0-4) put the Brewers ahead to stay 5-3 in the fifth inning, Milwaukee’s second straight game with at least six runs.