Reds hit their way back to first place

Milwaukee - MILWAUKEE (FOX19) - The Cincinnati Reds regained first place in Milwaukee despite another weak outing from starting pitcher Edinson Volquez.

Volquez, in his third start since coming back after surgery, departed after 3 2/3 innings.  He gave up 4 runs on 6 hits, but the Reds bats came alive, combining 19 timely hits, none of them home runs, to earn a 12 to 4 victory over the Brewers.

Reliever Logan Ondrusek earned the win with two and a third innings of hit-free baseball.

The offensive contributions were many: Brandon Phillips and catcher Ramon Hernandez each had two doubles.  Phillips, Joey Votto, Orlando Cabrera, Scott Rolen, and Hernandez each had two or more hits, and Jay Bruce and Drew Stubbs both had runs or RBI's, despite one-hit nights.

Meanwhile, the New York Mets kept the St. Louis Cardinals in check 8-2, allowing the Reds to return to first place.

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