India, Castellanos homer to back Gray; Reds beat Brewers 5-1

Jonathan India hit a three-run homer, Nick Castellanos also went deep and the Cincinnati Reds beat the NL Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers 5-1 on Thursday to avoid a three-game sweep.

Sonny Gray allowed three hits in six scoreless innings for the Reds, who still trail the Brewers by 8 1/2 games. Cincinnati does hold the second NL wild card spot.

Gray (6-6) struck out six while walking only two batters and didn’t give up his first hit until Avisail Garcia’s two-out single in the fourth. In the sixth, he loaded the bases with two outs but got Rowdy Tellez to ground out to first.

It was the second consecutive scoreless outing for Gray, who hasn't allowed a run in his last 13 innings.

Brewers starter Brett Anderson (4-8) worked 4 2/3 innings before leaving the game with tightness in his right hip. He was charged with three runs on four hits with a pair of walks and three strikeouts.

A leadoff single and an error by Anderson set the stage for India’s three-run homer off Hunter Strickland in the fifth. The rookie's 17th homer this season made it 4-0. Castellanos led off the sixth with his 24th.

Luis Urias led off the seventh with his 17th homer for Milwaukee.

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Reds: Tejay Antone will undergo Tommy John surgery for the second time in his career and miss the remainder of the season as well as most of 2022. The reliever announced the news on Twitter Thursday. Antone returned from a 52-game injured list stint on Tuesday but left the game after throwing five pitches and was placed on the IL again Wednesday with elbow discomfort.

Brewers: Shortstop Willy Adames (left quad) could return to action Friday when the Brewers open a three-game series at Minnesota, manager Craig Counsell said.


Reds: The Reds’ trip shifts to South Florida Friday for the first of a three-game series against the Marlins. LHP Wade Miley (10-4, 2.88 ERA) gets the start for Cincinnati against Marlins RHP Zach Thompson (2-5, 2.97).

Brewers: The Brewers send LHP Eric Lauer (4-4, 3.59) to the mound on Friday against the Twins.