Castillo, Reds complete 3-game sweep of Brewers with 7-1 win

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CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 06: Matt Garza #22 of the Milwaukee Brewers hands the ball to manager Craig Counsell as he is replaced in the third inning of a game against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on September 6, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

CINCINNATI — Rookie Luis Castillo struck out 10 in his final start of a fine season, Zack Cozart and Jose Peraza homered and the last-place Cincinnati Reds completed a three-game sweep of the Milwaukee Brewers with a 7-1 win on Wednesday.

The playoff-contending Brewers have lost four of five. Neil Walker’s homer in the first inning was all Milwaukee could muster.

Castillo (3-7) retired 11 straight batters in one stretch and 22 of the last 24 while pitching eight innings. He allowed four hits, didn’t walk anybody and wound up with a 3.12 ERA in 15 starts.

The Reds are shutting down Castillo to limit his innings. The 24-year-old righty threw 111 pitches, matching his second-highest pitch count of the season, in this start.

Matt Garza (6-9) gave up five runs in 2 2/3 innings. He is 0-3 in his last four starts.

The Reds chased Garza with a five-run third that included Walker’s error at first base on a potential inning-ending double-play grounder. Adam Duvall and Jose Peraza each drove in a run during the inning.

Cozart led off the seventh with his 18th homer of the season. Peraza added his fifth in the eighth.