Joey Votto's RBI double broke a scoreless tie in the ninth, and the Cincinnati Reds held on to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 2-1 on Wednesday.
Drew Stubbs singled off Brewers closer John Axford with two outs, and Votto lined a ball over the glove of second baseman Rickie Weeks to score Stubbs from first. Brandon Phillips then hit a bloop single, driving in Votto for a 2-0 lead.
Ryan Braun homered off Sean Marshall in the bottom of the ninth, his 10th of the season, to cut the lead to 2-1. Marshall allowed a pair of two-out singles to Jonathan Lucroy and Norichika Aoki and was replaced by Logan Ondrusek, who walked George Kottaras to load the bases.
Ondrusek got Travis Ishikawa to pop out, earning his first save.
It was the 1,500th major league victory for Reds manager Dusty Baker. Axford (0-2) took the loss.
(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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