Straily, Votto lead Reds to 6-1 win over the Brewers

Associated Press

September 25, 2016

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 (0-5).

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.

FARM HONORS

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 year.


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 steals.


TRAINER'S ROOM

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.


UP NEXT

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.