Cincinnati Reds' Joey Votto, is congratulated by
third base coach Billy Hatcher after hitting a two
run home run against the Milwaukee Brewers during
the first inning of a baseball game Saturday in Milwaukee.
MILWAUKEE — Dan
Straily pitched into the seventh inning and Joey Votto
hit a two-run homer to lift the Cincinnati Reds to a 6-1
victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday night.
Continuing his dominance of the Brewers this season,
Straily (14-8) allowed just one run on five hits with
five strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings.
The right-hander is 3-0 with a 1.67 ERA in four starts
against Milwaukee in 2016.
Votto's 26th home run gave Cincinnati a 2-0 lead in the
first inning against Brewers starter Taylor Jungmann
Jungmann settled down from there, giving up just those
two runs on three hits and four walks over four innings
in his first start in the big leagues since April 28.
Cincinnati Reds' Scott Schebler, center, is
congratulated after scoring against the Milwaukee
Brewers during the ninth inning.
The Brewers' lone run came
on Domingo Santana's homer in the second.
Scott Schebler had three hits for the Reds, while Votto
and Adam Duvall each drove in two runs.
Straily left with two on, two outs and a 4-1 lead in the
seventh, but reliever Michael Lorenzen struck out
pinch-hitter Hernan Perez to end the threat.
Lorenzen stayed on to work a scoreless eighth before
giving way to Raisel Iglesias for the ninth.
Cincinnati added insurance runs on an RBI infield single
by Eugenio Suarez in the sixth and a run-scoring
groundout by Duvall in the seventh.
The Reds broke the game open with two runs in ninth off
Michael Blazek, who was pitching for the first time
since Aug. 13 due to an elbow injury.
Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips,
center, shows the second base umpire Eric Cooper,
left, he tagged Ryan Braun, right, as he attempted
to steal second base during the first inning.
In a pregame ceremony Saturday, Milwaukee honored INF
Isan Diaz as its minor league player of the year and RHP
Brandon Woodruff as its minor league pitcher of the
TAKING THE LEAD
Brewers SS Jonathan Villar stole his 59th base, passing
Reds OF Billy Hamilton for the league lead. With
Hamilton out for the rest of the year due to a strained
left oblique, Villar should finish as baseball's stolen
base leader, as he leads Pirates OF Starling Marte by 12
Reds: After being scratched from the lineup Friday due
to a sore left wrist, OF Tyler Holt was available to
play off the bench Saturday.
Brewers: OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis (strained abdomen) is
expected to ramp up baseball activities in the coming
days, according to manager Craig Counsell. Nieuwenhuis
hopes to be able to play on Milwaukee's final road trip
of the season.
Reds: LHP Brandon Finnegan (9-11, 4.10 ERA) will make
his 30th start of the season Sunday against Milwaukee.
He is 2-0 with a 1.77 ERA in three starts against the
Brewers this year.
Brewers: RHP Wily Peralta (7-10, 5.21 ERA) will start
the series finale. He has gone 3-3 with a 3.26 ERA in
eight starts since being rejoining Milwaukee's rotation
on Aug. 9.