Joey Votto, who went 2 for 4 with two walks, a 3-run HR and an RBI single when the Brewers foolishly pitched to him with first base open. Honorable mentions to Drew Stubbs (2 for 5 with a walk and a HR), Jay Bruce (3 for 5), and Paul Janish (3 for 4 with a double and a sac fly). And the pitching wasn't stellar overall, but it was just good enough to get the Reds back over .500.
This one started out well, as the Reds batted around in the first. Stubbs and Bruce started it off with singles, then Votto cleared the bases with a HR. Jonny Gomes walked, stole second, advanced to third on a Miguel Cairo single, and scored on a Janish sac fly. Reds up 4-0.
It stayed that way until the third, when LeCure gave up a single, a double, and a single that resulted in two runs. Reds still lead 4-2.
This ended the next inning. Prince Fielder drew a leadoff walk, two more singles loaded the bases, and a run scored on a groundout.
Edgar Renteria was double-switched in at short when Bill Bray entered in the fifth, and promptly threw the ball away to allow a run to score. Tied at 4.
In the sixth, Renteria singled, Stubbs walked, and Bruce bunted (?!?) to advance them each a base. Votto singled to right to score Renteria, then Brandon Phillips singled to score Stubbs. Reds lead, 6-4.
The Brewers tied it back up in the bottom of the sixth on a double, two singles, a wild pitch and a sac fly.
The Reds got into some trouble in the eighth so Aroldis Chapman was brought in with two on and one out. He promptly hit Rickie Weeks, but then struck out Carlos Gomez and got Ryan Braun to ground out to end the threat. He pitched well in the ninth too, striking out Prince Fielder and getting a flyout from Casey McGehee before allowing a Corey Hart single. But Hart apparently wasn't paying attention and got caught off of first. After a brief rundown, he was out to send us to extras...
And in the tenth, after a Renteria groundout, Stubbs hit a HR to center. A single and a walk gave two more runners that were then erased by a GIBP. But that was okay because...
Francisco Cordero took care of the bottom of the Brewers lineup in order, inducing three groundouts. And the Reds win, 7-6.