Reds 6, Brewers 2

The Sports Xchange
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MILWAUKEE -- Mike Leake worked into the ninth inning and the Cincinnati Reds' offense took advantage of another shaky start by Milwaukee's Johnny Hellweg, avoiding a sweep with a 6-2 victory over the Brewers Wednesday afternoon at Miller Park.
Leake (8-4) wasn't especially overpowering, striking out just two Milwaukee batters, but got the Brewers to swing early and often, needing just 106 pitches to get through his 8 1/3-inning stint - his longest of the season.
Milwaukee notched just four hits and four walks off Leake, but struggled on the base paths.
Jean Segura was caught stealing in the first, Jeff Bianchi was caught trying to score in the third and Carlos Gomez was caught between second and third in what turned out to be a momentum-killing double play in the fourth.
The lack of offense made things all the harder for Hellweg, who came into the game having allowed 16 runs (nine earned) in just 6 1/2 innings.
Hellweg (0-3) again struggled to keep men off base, allowing four runs on four hits and five walks with a hit bater and a strikeout in 4 1/3 innings. He allowed the leadoff batter to get aboard in each inning and allowing that runner to score in the first three.
Sinn-Soo Choo led off the game with a double and scored on Brandon Phillips' single, but Phillips got caught between first and second, allowing Hellweg to escape an early hole.
Milwaukee evened the score at 1-1 on Carlos Gomez's sac fly in the first but the Reds came back with runs in the second and third to take a 3-1 lead and got another in the fifth when Zack Cozart scored on a Jay Bruce groundout.
Sean Halton cut the lead in half in the fifth with a solo home run, the first of his career. But the Reds added two more in the seventh on back-to-back RBI singles by Brandon Phillips and Joey Votto, who finished 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored.
Leake allowed a one-out single by Jonathan Lucroy before giving way to Aroldis Chapman, who got Rickie Weeks to ground into a force at second and struck out Yuniesky Betancourt to end the game.
NOTES: Neither Norichika Aoki nor Ryan Braun were in the Brewers' starting lineup Wednesday. Aoki missed his second consecutive game with tightness in his elbow but is expected to return Thursday when the Brewers travel to Arizona. Braun is being eased back after returning from the disabled list Monday. ... Reds outfielder Chris Heisey was not in the starting lineup Wednesday, a day after taking a Wily Peralta pitch to the elbow. ... Milwaukee right-hander Marco Estrada, out since June 4 with a hamstring injury, will throw a simulated game this weekend in Arizona and could start a rehab assignment next week.

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