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WSH@MIL: Fiers blanks Nationals over 6 1/3 innings

Even though his season began nearly two months after most of his teammates, Brewers right-hander Mike Fiers has put together a dominant rookie campaign thus far.

Called up in late May, the 27-year-old wasn't sure how long his second stint in the Majors would last. But since holding the Dodgers to one run over seven innings in his 2012 debut, Fiers hasn't looked back.

Boasting a 1.88 ERA entering Tuesday, Fiers will test his pitching prowess against the National League Central-leading Reds when the clubs meet for the second game of the three-game series.

The most runs Fiers has allowed in one outing this season is four, while he's given up zero in four different starts.

In his last outing, the right-hander picked up his fifth win of the year by surrendering just two runs over six innings to the Astros on Wednesday.

When reliever Jose Veras took over for Fiers with two on and nobody out in the seventh inning, the crowd of 32,217 gave Fiers a standing ovation.

"When the crowd is going wild like that after a good start -- these fans here understand the game of baseball and they understand a good outing -- it's good to feel that," Fiers said after the game. "It's really nice to play here and get the support of the fans like that."

Opposing Fiers for the Reds will be someone who is having his own stellar season: Johnny Cueto. The 26-year-old will try to win his 15th game of the season as he enters with a 2.52 ERA.

After allowing just one run over his first two starts after the All-Star break, Cueto has struggled a bit in his last two outings. The righty gave up four earned runs to both the Rockies and Padres but managed to win both as his offense provided him with plenty of support.

Brewers: Segura makes club debut
Ten days after being traded to Milwaukee as part of the deal that sent Zack Greinke to the Angels, Jean Segura was called up from Double-A Huntsville and inserted into the starting lineup on Monday against the Reds. He went 0-for-4.

Monday's game wasn't Segura's Major League debut, as he went 0-for-3 in his only appearance with the Angels on July 24. But after getting that first game out of the way, he had his eyes focused on the future.

"I don't want to talk too much about the Angels; that's the past," said Segura, who batted in the eighth spot Monday. "I'm here now. This is my hometown. I'm going to be here a long time, and I'm glad to be here."

Segura wasn't the only one happy that he was in the Brewers' clubhouse and on the lineup card on Monday. Manager Ron Roenicke smiled when talking about having the chance to see Segura -- now Milwaukee's top prospect, according to MLB.com -- after hearing rave reviews from the Angels' organization.

"He's got power to all fields [and] really drives the ball well the opposite way," Roenicke said. "He's got good speed, so he'll have good range at short, he's got a fantastic arm and he steals a lot of bases, so he does a lot of things. I'm looking forward to seeing him. I love seeing guys that are young and have tremendous tools."

Reds: Phillips back in the lineup
Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips was back in the lineup Monday night after missing five games with a strained left calf.

"Brandon knows how to program himself, he knows his body," manager Dusty Baker said. "You always are going to take a chance. You take a chance every day you go out there."

Phillips injured the leg on Tuesday night against San Diego. He had been scheduled to start on Saturday, but he was scratched shortly before game time.

"He's been driving us crazy wanting to play," Baker said. "You know you've got to try him some time. He's been doing well."

Phillips went 0-for-5 on Monday.

Worth noting
• With a double on Monday, Milwaukee third baseman Aramis Ramirez upped his season count to 37, which leads the National League by one over Cincinnati's Joey Votto.

• Reds closer Aroldis Chapman's ERA against National League teams is 0.19.

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