MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WSAU-TSN) - Joey Votto's tie-breaking, solo homer in the sixth proved to be the difference, as the Cincinnati Reds edged the Milwaukee Brewers, 2-1, Thursday in the opener of a four-game series at Miller Park.
Devin Mesoraco scored the other run and collected two of Cincinnati's six hits to help the Reds secure their fifth straight victory.
Tony Cingrani (6-2) struck out nine while holding the Brewers to one run on four hits and a walk over 6 1/3 frames to earn the victory. Aroldis Chapman worked around a leadoff single in the ninth to nail down his 30th save.
Kyle Lohse (8-8) was a hard-luck loser, giving up two runs -- one earned -- on five hits and four walks over seven strong innings.
Khris Davis stroked his fifth homer of the season to account for Milwaukee's offense, as the Brewers dropped their second straight contest.