CINCINNATI -- Jay Bruce homered and drove in three runs, Michael Lorenzen won for the first time in more than two months and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Milwaukee Brewers 6-3 Sunday to avoid a sweep.
Brandon Phillips also homered and had three hits for the Reds, who overcame Ryan Braun's 25th homer of the year in the eighth inning to end Milwaukee's six-game winning streak.
Lorenzen had been 0-5 in nine starts since a win over Miami on June 21. He pitched five shutout innings before Adam Lind drove in one run with a fielder's-choice grounder and Shane Peterson added a RBI single in the sixth. The rookie right-hander (4-8) allowed eight hits with one walk and two strikeouts.
Sam LeCure got the final two outs of the sixth and Ryan Mattheus pitched a perfect seventh. J.J. Hoover gave up Braun's homer before Aroldis Chapman struck out two in a perfect ninth for his 28th save.
Bruce hit his 20th homer into the right-field seats with Phillips on in the fifth to give the Reds a 5-0 lead against Jimmy Nelson (11-11). Nelson lasted five innings, giving up nine hits with two walks and three strikeouts.
The Reds pushed their first run across with a two-out rally in the first when Joey Votto scored from third base on Bruce's grounder that was speared by diving second baseman Scooter Gennett in short right field. Bruce and Nelson collided as the pitcher grabbed Gennett's throw. Bruce was ruled safe, a call that was upheld after a replay review of just more than three minutes.
Phillips, who had four hits in the opener of Saturday's day-night doubleheader before going 0-for-4 in the nightcap, followed Votto's second walk of the game in the third inning with his 11th homer of the season.
Rookie RHP Tyler Cravy pitched one inning in his first appearance since Aug. 18 after being activated from the disabled list before Sunday's game. Cravy was placed on the disabled list Aug. 19 with a right elbow impingement.
Rookie RHP Zach Davies (0-0, 8.31) makes his second career start when Milwaukee opens a three-game series in Miami.