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Sunday, September 6, 2015

Reds Avoid Sweep As Joey Votto And Brandon Phillips Lead The Way

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.

Brandon Phillips, who had four hits in the first game on Saturday, singled to advance Votto to third in the first inning, homered with Votto aboard in the third off  Jimmy Nelson.  Jay Bruce had two singles, one of them drove in Votto

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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Jonathan Lucroy doubled and moved up a base on Ryan Braun's single.  Adam Lind forced Braun at second as Lucroy scored. Khris Davis and Shane Peterson singled to make it 5-2 to end the day for Lorenzen.

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.

The Reds loaded the bases on a throwing error by Scooter Gennett and singles by Ryan LaMarre and Jason Bourgeois.  Todd Frazier hit into a double play as Cabrera scored the first run of his career.

Aroldis Chapman entered in the ninth to attempt his 28th save in 30 appearances.

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