MILWAUKEE -- Kyle Lohse recorded his seventh quality start in his last eight outings, working into the seventh as the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Cincinnati Reds, 4-3, Monday night at Miller Park.
Lohse (5-6) won his fourth consecutive decision, holding the Reds to three runs on nine hits and a walk in 6 1/3 innings.
Lohse slowed down in the seventh, and after getting a double-play to erase a leadoff single by Chris Heisey, back-to-back hits from pinch-hitter Cesar Izturis and Sinn-Soo Choo put the tying runs on base.
Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke then went to the bullpen, summoning John Axford, who gave up an RBI single to pinch-hitter Xavier Paul that made it 4-3 before striking out Joey Votto to end the inning.
Jim Henderson escaped a two-on, two-out jam in the eighth and Carlos Gomez reached over the wall to pull back what would have been a go-ahead home run for Votto to give Francisco Rodriguez his ninth save of the season.
In his first start since throwing a no-hitter, Reds starter Homer Bailey (5-7) struggled, allowing four runs on a season-high 10 hits and three walks with three strikeouts, a hit batter, a balk and a home run in 5 2/3 innings.
Bailey's final pitch plunked Milwaukee's Segura on the elbow, putting two on with two out. Logan Ondrusek came on and threw a wild pitch that moved the runners into scoring position but prevented the Brewers from tacking on any runs by getting Carlos Gomez to bounce out to third, ending the inning.
Jonathan Lucroy's two-run home run -- his third home run in as many games -- gave Milwaukee a 2-1 lead in the first inning.
The Brewers added another in the second on Jean Segura's double and made it a 4-1 game in the third when Juan Francisco scored from first on Rickie Weeks' double.
Cincinnati got a run back in the fourth on Chris Heisey's fourth home run of the season.
NOTES: Milwaukee reinstated OF Ryan Braun from the 15-day disabled list before the game. Braun had been out since June 10 with a sore right hand. He didn't play even though he was available to pinch-hit, according to manager Ron Roenicke. The Brewers also put 3B Aramis Ramirez on the 15-day disabled list due to a sore knee. ... Cincinnati has won three straight and six of the last seven series against the Brewers. ... Brewers LHP Tom Gorzelanny is being considered for another start after a good outing Sunday. Milwaukee has yet to name a starter for its game Friday in Arizona. ... Bailey was named National League co-Player of the Week Monday after throwing the first no-hitter of the season July 2.