CINCINNATI — Micah Owings hit a three-run homer and pitched six effective innings to overcome Javier Vazquez's complete game and lead the Cincinnati Reds to a 4-3 win over the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday night.
Jay Bruce also homered, and Ryan Hanigan had two hits to help Owings (4-7) earn his first win since May 12 and improve to 4-0 in four career starts against Atlanta. He was 0-4 in six starts since a 3-1 win at Arizona.
The Reds squeezed out the win despite no production from the first five batters in the lineup, who went a combined 0-for-17. Their only base runner was Brandon Phillips, who walked in the fourth inning.
Vazquez (4-6) allowed four hits and two walks and had seven strikeouts in eight innings. It was the 24th complete game of his career and first since a 3-2 loss to Oakland last July 3 while pitching for the White Sox. He is 0-3 in five starts since a 12-4 win over Colorado on May 20.
Yunel Escobar had two hits, including his seventh homer of the season, but the Braves still lost their fourth consecutive game and sixth in their last seven.
With the Reds trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the fifth, Jerry Hairston drew a leadoff walk and moved to third on Hanigan's second single of the game. Owings followed with his second homer of the season and seventh of his career, reaching the first row of seats in right field.
■ Reds first baseman Joey Votto, on the disabled list since May 30 with stress-related issues, was expected to head to a minor-league rehab assignment Wednesday.
"That was the plan a few days ago," Cincinnati Manager Dusty Baker said before the Reds game against Atlanta.
Votto took batting practice with his teammates the last two days. Despite speculation that he might want to be ready for the Reds' visit June 23-25 to his hometown of Toronto for an interleague series with the Blue Jays, Baker said that was optimistic.
■ The Reds placed right-hander Mike Lincoln on the 15-day disabled list with a bulging disc in his neck. Right-hander Josh Roenicke was recalled from Triple-A Louisville on Wednesday to replace Lincoln.