CINCINNATI -- Johnny Cueto kept his hopes of a 20-win season in play, and Todd Frazier and Devin Mesoraco hit back-to-back homers on Tuesday night, sending the Cincinnati Reds to a 3-1 victory that pushed the Milwaukee Brewers to the verge elimination from wild card contention.
Cueto (19-9) gave up Carlos Gomez's homer over eight innings. He'll pitch Cincinnati's final game on Sunday against Pittsburgh at Great American Ball Park.
The Reds haven't had a 20-game winner since left-hander Danny Jackson in 1988. The last Reds right-hander to win 20 games was Sammy Ellis in 1965.
The Reds got the better of a matchup between teams with huge second-half fades.
Milwaukee led the NL Central for 150 days, but fell apart at the end. Up by 6 1/2 games on June 28, the Brewers have gone 29-45 and fallen far behind Pittsburgh and San Francisco in the wild card race. Their loss on Tuesday was their 19th in 26 games.
The Reds are 22-40 since the All-Star break.
Frazier and Mesoraco connected in the first inning off Mike Fiers (6-4). It was Frazier's 28th homer, the most by a third baseman in the National League. Mesoraco's homer was his 25th. He leads the majors in homers by a catcher.
Milwaukee's offense has unraveled in the closing weeks of the season, scoring two or fewer runs in each of the last six games. Gomez hit a solo homer in the sixth, ending a streak of 14 consecutive batters retired by Cueto. The right-hander gave up four hits, walked one and struck out seven.
The Brewers had chances in the first inning, when they had two singles and a walk but failed to score. Gomez singled and was picked off first base. Scooter Gennett walked but was thrown out at the plate while trying to score from second base on Aramis Ramirez's single.
Reds: 1B Joey Votto continues to take batting practice and infield practice, but it's still unclear whether he'll play this week. Votto has missed 94 games because of strained muscles above his left knee. He's been out since July 6 on his second DL stint.
Brewers: Kyle Lohse (12-9) makes his fifth start against the Reds this season. He's 1-1 with a 2.92 ERA in the other four. Overall, he's 6-5 career against Cincinnati with a 2.90 ERA.
Reds: Daniel Corcino (0-1) makes his third career start. Corcino, who was called up this month, made his first major league start at Milwaukee on Sept. 12 and gave up two runs in six innings. The Reds lost 3-2.