Max Scherzer struggled, allowing five runs in 4 2/3 innings to take the loss on Tuesday as the Nationals fell 5-0 to the Reds.
Scherzer was uncharacteristically hittable, allowing seven hits, four of which went for extra bases. He didn't walk anyone and struck out four in the effort. His ERA moved up a few ticks to 2.12 to go along with a 0.80 WHIP and a 143/14 K/BB ratio in 123 1/3 innings. Scherzer will kick off the second half at home against the Dodgers.
Billy Hamilton went 1-for-4 with a double, a stolen base, and a run scored as the Reds took down the Nationals on Tuesday.
Hamilton doubled with one out in the fifth inning, stole third base, then came around to score on a Joey Votto single for the Reds' fourth run of the ballgame. He hasn't been able to hold his own at the plate, batting .221/.271/.290, but when he's reached base, he's been a near-lock to steal at least one base. On the season, Hamilton has stolen 42 bases in 48 opportunities.
Joey Votto went 3-for-5 with three RBI, finishing a triple short of the cycle in Tuesday's win against the Nationals.
Votto doubled in a run in the first inning and later scored. He blasted a solo home run in the third, and tacked on an RBI single in the fifth. The first baseman had curiously been held without an extra-base hit in 19 consecutive games dating back to June 15, so Tuesday's performance was a nice way to break the slump. Votto is hitting .281/.390/.492 with 15 home runs and 42 RBI on the season.
Johnny Cueto held the Nationals to just two hits in a shutout to earn the win on Tuesday.
It's his first shutout of the year. He issued only one walk while striking out a season-high 11 batters. One of the two hits was a triple to Ian Desmond to lead off the fifth inning, but the right-hander rebounded with three consecutive strikeouts. Cueto appears to be getting stronger as the season progresses. He has a 2.61 ERA with a 0.87 WHIP and a 111/21 K/BB ratio in 113 2/3 innings. His first half will come to a close in Miami against the Marlins.
Wily Peralta (oblique) threw live batting practice on Tuesday.
It's the first time he's faced hitters since straining his oblique back in late May. "He was great," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. "It's the next step, facing hitters. To me, it was an easy, effortless session. He did a nice job." Peralta is expected to make 2-3 rehab starts before rejoining Milwaukee's rotation later this month.
Josh Tomlin (shoulder) has begun a rehab assignment.
Tomlin pitched two innings Sunday for the Tribe's Arizona Rookie League club and will move up to Double-A Akron on Friday. Working his way back from surgery on his right AC joint, Tomlin should be an option for the Indians within the next few weeks.
Rafael Montero (shoulder) is expected to throw off a mound soon.
He's been throwing on flat ground for a while now and is almost ready to climb atop the bump. Montero has been on the shelf since late April with right rotator cuff inflammation.
Giants optioned 1B/OF Ryan Lollis to Triple-A Sacramento.
Lollis was hitless in just five at-bats in his brief stint with the big club. He's clearing room for the return of Hunter Pence from the disabled list.