CINCINNATI — Jay Bruce and Joey Votto hit two-run homers during Cincinnati's late comeback, and Francisco Cordero got his 300th career save Wednesday night, securing the Reds' 4-3 win over the Milwaukee Brewers.
The struggling Reds won for only the fourth time in their last 15 games, relying on their two best hitters — and their reliable closer — to pull it out.
Bruce hit his 17th homer in the seventh inning, ending Shaun Marcum's shutout bid. Votto added a two-run shot in the eighth off Kameron Loe (2-5), who hit Brandon Phillips with two outs to bring up the National League's Most Valuable Player.
Nick Masset (1-3) pitched out of a threat in the eighth. Cordero pitched a perfect ninth, becoming the 22nd reliever to achieve 300 saves, tying Bruce Sutter at the mark.
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Cordero improved to 10-for-12 in save chances this season. He has 123 saves in four seasons with the Reds, leaving him third in club history behind Danny Graves (182) and John Franco (148).
For the Brewers, it was just another stunning loss in the ballpark where they've had so many. A win would have boosted them six games over .500 for the first time in two years. Instead, they wasted another solid start by Marcum and wound up losing for the 13th time in their last 15 games at Great American Ball Park.
In several ways, it was similar to Milwaukee's opening day in Cincinnati.
Just like in the opener, Rickie Weeks led it off with a homer, this time off Mike Leake. It was his third leadoff shot against the Reds this season.
And, just like on opening day, the lead got away in the Reds' final at-bat. The Reds managed only two hits in the first six innings off Marcum. Bruce homered in the seventh, extending his May tear into a new month. The outfielder has 13 homers and 35 RBI in May and now June.
After Votto tied it with his seventh homer high off the batter's eye in center, the crowd of 22,213 was on its feet anticipating Cordero's notable save. He got Craig Counsell on a called third strike to end it.