CINCINNATI -- Right-hander Bronson Arroyo doesn't change his approach when he starts for the Cincinnati Reds after a loss. But he does relish the role as team stopper.
"It's always been fun for me to pitch on days after we've lost ballgames," said Arroyo, who is 7-1 after a loss. "There's a bit more pressure. It's just coincidence that I've been able to win so many of them. It makes it more satisfying."
Arroyo gave up two earned runs in seven innings and shortstop Zack Cozart hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the sixth inning -- one of four homers by Cincinnati - to lift the Reds to a 6-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday night at Great American Ball Park.
Ryan Ludwick homered in the sixth inning -- his first home run since coming off the disabled list. The Reds also got homers from Chris Heisey in the fifth and Joey Votto in the seventh.
Aroldis Chapman pitched a scoreless ninth with three strikeouts for his 33rd save.
Arroyo (13-9) struck out six and did not walk a batter for the fourth straight outing as the Reds (74-56) improved to 10-1 when he starts after a loss.
"It was a good win for us," Arroyo said. "When you're playing good baseball, and you take three out of four from Arizona, you don't want to lose two in a row. Especially 'cause last night we felt like we had a good chance to win and we didn't. It's nice to keep that ball rolling."
John Axford (6-7) allowed three runs, including two homers, in one inning and took the loss for Milwaukee.
"When he's right, I want him in there," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said of Axford. "But he's got to be more consistent. He was really good for a while."
Caleb Gindl hit a home run, his second of the season, in the eighth inning for Milwaukee.
Brewers starter Wily Peralta gave up one earned run and seven hits, but an elevated pitch count prevented him from pitching beyond the fifth inning.
Axford replaced Peralta in the sixth and gave up Ludwick's tying home run and a two-run shot by Cozart, which put Cincinnati ahead 4-2. Cozart went 2-for-4 with three RBIs.
"It's good to see him come through like that," Reds manager Dusty Baker said of Cozart, who snapped a 16-game streak without a homer. "He's been getting a lot of criticism. I know it bothers him. He's better than he's been playing."
Ludwick's homer was yet another step for the Reds left fielder, who missed four months after suffering a shoulder injury on Opening Day.
"It's a work in progress," he said. "It's all rhythm and timing. Just taking it one step at a time."
Meanwhile, Arroyo had thrown just 83 pitches through seven innings. After allowing two runs in the second inning, he gave up just two hits in the next five innings.
"It started out a bit rough," Baker said. "But Bronson can do that, then settle down."
Votto hit his 19th home run of the season, off Michael Gonzalez, to make the score 5-2.
Peralta was facing the Reds for the second time in six days after giving up seven earned runs in 4 1/3 innings last Sunday. He got off to a much better start but he needed 103 pitches to get through five innings.
"He did a nice job ... his pitch count was up early," Roenicke said. "But he kept us in the game and left with a 2-1 lead. For not having his command, he did a nice job."
Khris Davis, who homered twice in Friday night's Brewers win, had an RBI double in the second inning to put Milwaukee ahead early. But Heisey homered off Peralta in the fifth to make the score 2-1, the beginning of the home-run barrage for Cincinnati.
NOTES: RHP Greg Reynolds will start Sunday's series finale for Cincinnati in place of LHP Tony Cingrani, who is expected to be placed on the 15-day disabled list after leaving Tuesday's outing with a lower back strain. The roster move will be made official on Sunday. ... Votto's home run was the 152nd of his career, tying him with Pete Rose and Joe Morgan for 15th on the club's all-time list. ... Axford has allowed 10 home runs this season, matching his career high set last season. ... Davis' second-inning double extended his hitting streak to 10 games. ... Gomez felt no ill effects after playing eight innings on Friday, his first action since spraining his right knee on Aug. 15. "He's surprised he's not sore, but he came through OK," Roenicke said. Gomez played nine innings on Saturday. going 1-for-4. ... Entering Saturday's action, Milwaukee (47-0) was the only major league team without a loss when leading after eight innings. ... Reds RF Jay Bruce, who had started 90 consecutive games, got the day off. "As much a mental day as anything else," Baker said. ... Arroyo extended his streak to 29 2/3 innings without issuing a walk.