Brewers Top Reds 5-2, Stay 1 Game Back of Cubs

Carlos Villanueva pitched seven scoreless innings and Joe Dillon drove in a career-high four runs, leading the Milwaukee Brewers to a 5-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds today.

Milwaukee, which scored all its runs with two outs, has won 10 of 15. The Brewers entered one game behind the first-place Chicago Cubs in the NL Central.

Villanueva was not spectacular, but kept getting out of trouble early and stuck around for his longest appearance this season. He scattered six hits, walked three and struck out four to help the Brewers surpass their win total from last year. They're now 76 and 72.

Just like last night, Cincinnati had ample opportunities early. The Reds had runners in scoring position in the first, third and fourth, but couldn't score until rallying against Milwaukee's bullpen in the eighth.