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Woodruff’s career night



MILWAUKEE — Travis Shaw made the all the difference for Brandon Woodruff.

Woodruff struck out a career-high 12, Shaw homered and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Cincinnati Reds, 7-5, on Sunday.

“That ball was crushed,” Woodruff said of Shaw’s big hit in the third off Anthony DeSclafani.

“After that, we started getting to him a little bit, making some good swings, get some guys on base, some big hits and a big inning.”

Shaw deflected any praise and instead focused on the batters ahead of him in the order.

“I’m not going to take credit for jump starting a five-run inning,” Shaw said.

“We had better swings the second time through the order — all of those guys at the top of the order. Those guys swung the bat well the second time through.”

DeSclafani struck out the first six batters, matching the franchise record set by Robert Stephenson against Pittsburgh on 25 August 2017. But the streak ended when Shaw hit the next pitch 465 feet to the bleachers in right field for his sixth home run.

Location that had been so good for DeSclafani quickly turned in the batter’s favor.

“Everything was just kind of middle and up,” DeSclafani said. “Got behind in the count. Missed my spots. They just took advantage of it.”