The Cincinnati Reds knocked around the Brewers in Milwaukee on Saturday to keep pace with the leaders in the NL Central.
With the victory the Reds currently sit 5.5 games ahead of the Washington Nationals (78-70) for the final Wild Card spot and 2.5 games behind the Pirates (86-62) and the Cardinals (82-62). Joey Votto and Shin-Soo Choo both homered to back Homer Bailey (11-10) over seven innings.
Choo and Votto started the scoring in the first inning when Choo doubled and then scored on a sac fly by Votto. The Reds (84-65) weren't done with Johnny Hellweg (1-4) in the first as Jay Bruce walked and then came in to score after back-to-back singles by Todd Frazier and Ryan Ludwick. Choo added two more runs in the second inning with a home run that scored Bailey.
The Brewers (64-83) finally got to Bailey in the fourth when Scooter Gennett singled and then scored on a double by Khris Davis. Davis came in to score when Carlos Gomez followed with an RBI single. Gomez then stole second and eventually came in to score on a sac fly by Jeff Bianchi.
The Reds added some insurance in the sixth when Votto homered off the foul pole to score Choo and make it a 6-3 game. Billy Hamilton also provided a spark in the seventh with his fifth stolen base and then scored on a sac fly by Choo.
Zach Duke relieved Bailey in the eighth to retire the lefty Gennett, but Sam LeCure walked the bases loaded with two out. Aroldis Chapman came on for the four out save and struck out Jonathan Lucroy to end the threat. Chapman then walked two and struck out three to pick up his 36th save of the season.
The win also handed the Reds the season series with Milwaukee winning 10 of the first 18 meetings. The 19th and final meeting of the year comes on Sunday when Bronson Arroyo (13-11) takes on Yovani Gallardo (11-9.