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Reds climb back to .500, defeat Brewers 4-2

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

The Reds used another strong start by Johnny Cueto and three long balls to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-2.

Cueto went eight innings, giving up two runs, on three hits with six strikeouts.

Joey Votto struck Milwaukee's starter and former Red, Kyle Lohse, early. The first baseman hit a first inning solo-shot just over the right-centerfield fence.

The Reds tacked on three more run in the bottom of the fourth. Brandon Phillips sent a two-run homer out to centerfield, his first of the season, and Marlon Byrd followed with an opposite field home run to right.

The only two blemishes on Cueto's line were two solo home runs by Aramis Ramirez in the fifth, and Ryan Braun in the seventh. Cueto evened his record to 2-2 with a 1.95 ERA on the season.

Aroldis Chapman closed the ninth with two strikeouts and a groundout. Chapman has yet to give up an earned run this season.

The Reds climbed back to .500 with a 10-10 record. They go for the sweep of the Brewers Wednesday afternoon at 12:35 p.m. The Reds announced that rookie starting pitcher Michael Lorenzen will make his MLB debut.

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