MILWAUKEE -- Joey Votto homered and Tony Cingrani struck out nine as the Cincinnati Reds beat the Milwaukee Brewers 2-1 Thursday night at Miller Park.
Cingrani (6-2) beat Milwaukee for the second time this season, holding the Brewers to four hits and a walk over 6 1/3 innings.
The only blemish on his line was a solo home run by Khris Davis in the second.
After that, Cingrani retired 12 of his next 14 batters before running into trouble in the seventh.
Cingrani allowed a leadoff single to Jonathan Lucroy and a walk before getting Logan Schafer to pop out to the catcher for the first out.
With that, Reds manager Dusty Baker turned to his bullpen and right-hander Sam Lecure wrapped up a seven-pitch battle with Khris Davis when he grounded into a double play to end the inning.
Cingrani's counterpart, Kyle Lohse (8-8), was just as sharp, allowing two runs -- one earned -- on five hits with four walks and four strikeouts in seven innings, which snapped a three-game winning streak.
Lohse started off slow, walking two of his first three batters and loading the bases with a two-out free pass but Jeff Bianchi's leaping catch robbed Ryan Ludwick of a base hit and kept the Reds off the board.
Davis gave Milwaukee the lead in the second with his fifth home run of the season.
The Reds tied the game in the fifth. Devin Mesoraco led off with a single and reached second on Bianchi's error. Zack Cozart singled to center and Mesoraco scored when Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy bobbled the relay.
Votto opened the sixth with his 17th home run of the season, putting the Reds ahead.
Aroldis Chapman allowed a leadoff single to Norichika Aoki in the ninth, but retired the next three in order for his 30th save of the season.
NOTES: The Reds began the day a season-high 16 games over .500 after winning four in a row and seven of their last eight. ... Twenty five of the Brewers' last 42 games have come against the top three teams in the NL Central, including 10 against the Reds. Milwaukee also plays nine against St. Louis and six against the division-leading Pirates. ... Cincinnati leads the NL with 995 strikeouts. Four Reds players have at least 100 this season. ... Brewers CF Carlos Gomez was injured on Phillips' fly out to center in the fourth. Gomez will undergo an MRI on Friday.