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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Reds Gaining On Brewers Dan Straily And Joey Votto Star

Joey Votto had three hits and drove in two runs with his 24th home run and a bases loaded single off Milwaukee starter Matg Garza in the Reds 6-4 win, leaving them 1 1/2 games behind the Brewers for fourth place.

"We're just trying to get wins. How they come isn't terribly relevant," Bryan Price said.

Dan Straily continued his "diamond-in-the-rough" performance by winning his team leading 12th game.  He allowed the Brewers three hits in eight innings.  Two of them left the GABP playing grounds.  Keon Broxton hit his eighth home run in the second inning and Jonathan Villar belted his 16th in the third.

"It was a terrifically well pitched game," Price said.

 It was the 11th game in which Straily has allowed three hits or fewer this season.  No Reds pitcher has ever had that many.

"There have been a lot of good pitchers come through here," Price said.. "Jim Maloney comes to mind with his no-hitters and one hitters. We're all real proud of what Dan has provided all year."

Straily deflected credit and he's not afraid to give up fly balls in smallish Great American Ball Park

 "It's not just me. I'm the beneficiary of great scouting reports and defense,"  Straily said.  "Home runs are going to happen. I try to tell these guys that if they don't put guys on base you'll be fine. It's tough to get beat giving up solo home runs. I understand the environment I'm in. It's you versus the hitter. I want contact. I want the weakest contact possible and I want it right at somebody."

"You just make sure they are higher than farther," Price said. "In Dan's case you just have to find a way to stay off the barrel of the bat. You can't pitch in this ballpark or the big leagues if you try to defend against the home run."

Votto homered in the first.

The Reds used the Brewers slip shod fielding to score four unearned runs in the third. Tucker Barnhart reached on a slow roller to Villar, playing his first game of the season at second base.  Villar's under hand flip was dropped by Chris Carter at first.  Thirdbaseman Hernan Perez threw wild to second on Straily's sacrifice bunt attempt.  Eugenio Suarez was hit by a pitch to load the bases.  Votto singled to right. Adam Duvall drove in his 88th and 89th runs with a double.  Brandon Phillips hit a medium deep fly all to right center.  Rightfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis and centerfielder Broxton came close to a collision but Nieuwenhuis fielded the ball and threw from his knees as Votto scored.  Duvall tried to score from second but was thrown out easily.

Scott Schebler singled home Duvall in the bottom of the eighth.  Schebler, who is hitting .327 at GABP drove in a run for the fourth straight game.

Tony Cingrani gave up a two-run home run to Carter, his 34th in the ninth.

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