Reds able to avoid sweep by Milwaukee Brewers with 6-3 win

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CINCINNATI — Jay Bruce homered and drove in three runs, Michael Lorenzen won for the first time in more than two months and the Cincinnati Reds avoided a sweep by the Milwaukee Brewers with a 6-3 win Sunday, September 6th.

Brandon Phillips also homered and had three hits for the Reds. Cincinnati overcame Ryan Braun’s 25th homer of the year in the eighth inning to end Milwaukee’s six-game winning streak.

Lorenzen had been 0-5 in nine starts since a win over Miami on June 21. He pitched five shutout innings before Adam Lind drove in one run with a fielder’s-choice grounder and Shane Peterson added an RBI single in the sixth. The rookie right-hander (4-8) allowed eight hits with one walk and two strikeouts.

Sam LeCure got the final two outs of the sixth and Ryan Mattheus pitched a perfect seventh. J.J. Hoover gave up Braun’s homer before Aroldis Chapman struck out two in a perfect ninth for his 28th save.