Brandon Phillips and Joey Votto each reached base four times to lead the Reds to a 6-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers and avoid a seeep.
The fact that Votto walked twice in three innings is not news. The fact the Reds drove him in is big time news.
Votto, who walked to with two outs in a pair of scoring innings, has drawn 121 bases on balls with 34 games left in the season.
Phillips and Bruce touched Nelson for consecutive hits in the fifth. Phillips singled for his third hit and Bruce lined his 20th home run into the rightfield bleachers to bump the lead to 5-0. Bruce's third hit of the game is the 999th of his career.
Michael Lorenzen shut out the Brewers on four hits in the first five innings but showed cracks in the sixth.
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Sam LeCure put out the fire. Lorenzen finished with 5 1/3 innings. He allowed eight hits, four of them in the sixth, a walk and he struck out two.
J.J. Hoover gave up a home run in his third straight appearance. Braun launched his 25th leading off the eighth to narrow the gap to two runs.
Aroldis Chapman entered in the ninth to attempt his 28th save in 30 appearances.