CINCINNATI — A little extra rest allowed Matt Garza to get a little more on his fastball.
The former Ray pitched a two-hitter for his fourth career shutout and the Brewers ended their four-game losing streak by beating the Reds 1-0 on Saturday night.
Despite a slump that matched its longest of the season, Milwaukee has maintained the league's best record.
"After losing four in a row, we needed a start like that," catcher Jonathan Lucroy said. "Obviously, you don't want to create a losing streak. He was able to come in and stop it."
Garza has been one of the Brewers' best starters lately and has improved his ERA from 4.92 on May 22 to 3.78. He retired the first 12 batters before Brandon Phillips led off the fifth with a single.
He wound up with his first complete game this season and his first shutout since 2010, when he pitched Tampa Bay's only no-hitter in a 5-0 win over the Tigers.
Garza had six days between starts and felt a little stronger. His fastball was consistently in the mid 90s.
"I just kept attacking. I had a plan, and I just stuck with it," Garza said.
"He's thrown the ball really well for the fourth, fifth game in a row," manager Ron Roenicke said. "I'm hoping that this being the best of them will get him back in a groove where he reels off a couple of months of great ballgames."