CINCINNATI -- Kyle Lohse made the most of another wasteful day for Milwaukee's offense, throwing a two-hitter and driving in a run on Wednesday night for a 5-0 victory that forestalled elimination from the playoffs a bit longer.
Milwaukee will be eliminated from the wild card race with a loss or a win by San Francisco, which played later Wednesday at Los Angeles. Pittsburgh clinched at least the other wild card spot on Tuesday night.
The Brewers led the NL Central for 150 days, but fell apart at the end. Since June 28th, they've gone 30-45. The offense has unraveled, scoring two or fewer runs in each of the previous six games.
Lohse (13-9) gave up a pair of singles by Jack Hannahan in his second shutout of the season. Lohse was 2-1 in five starts against the Reds this season with a 2.13 ERA. He also had a sacrifice fly during Milwaukee's three-run eighth inning, which was highlighted by Jean Segura's two-run double.
The Brewers got a run in the fourth, but even that came with a misplay. Aramis Ramirez doubled, advanced on a groundout, and scored on Weeks' single. Weeks was thrown out by more than 10 feet as he tried to stretch it to a double.
Gomez doubled home a run in the fifth, when the Brewers left the bases loaded. The Brewers loaded the bases again in the seventh with two outs, but Ramirez grounded out, keeping it 2-0.
Billy Hamilton made the game's best play. He stretched above the fence in center to steal a home run away from Ryan Braun in the third inning, slamming the right side of his head hard against the fence. He held the side of his head as he left the field and came out of the game in the fifth with a mild concussion.
Brewers: Weeks started at second base in place of Scooter Gennett, who has been bothered by an injured right thigh. Gennett also will get off on Thursday.
Reds: Right-handed starter Mat Latos is slowly recovering from a bruised right elbow that has sidelined him since Sept. 12. "He's been able to throw but not completely pain-free," manager Bryan Price said.
Brewers: Milwaukee plays its final road game on Thursday. The Brewers are 40-40 on the road. Yovani Gallardo (8-10) is 0-4 in his last six starts.
Reds: Left-hander David Holmberg (1-2) makes his fifth start of the season. His win came Sept. 13 in Milwaukee, when he went six innings and gave up two hits and one run in a 5-1 victory.