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MILWAUKEE (AP) - Mike Leake scattered four hits over 8 1-3 innings and Brandon Phillips had three RBI, lifting the Cincinnati Reds to a 6-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday.

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The Reds put the leadoff runner on base in each of the first seven innings and snapped a three-game losing streak.

Leake (8-4) bounced back from a rare rough start in his last outing and seemed to get stronger as the game progressed. He allowed four walks while striking out two.

Milwaukee starter Johnny Hellweg (0-3) had trouble throwing strikes and was battered for his fourth consecutive appearance. The right-hander, who made his major-league debut on June 28, allowed four runs on four hits and five walks in 4 1-3 innings.

Leake allowed four runs in just five innings during his last start July 5 in a 7-4 loss to Seattle, and gave up a first-inning run to Milwaukee. The right-hander then settled down, giving up Sean Halton's first major-league home run and a walk to Jeff Bianchi in the fifth before retiring 13 consecutive batters.

Jonathan Lucroy reached off Leake on a one-out single in the ninth, and Cincinnati manager Dusty Baker turned to closer Aroldis Chapman to finish the game in a non-save situation.

Shin-Soo Choo had two singles, a double and a walk as the first seven batters in the Cincinnati lineup reached base during the game. Phillips had two hits and drove in runs in the first, third and seventh innings.

Jay Bruce went 2-for-4 with a walk, driving in a run in both the fifth and seventh innings.

Acquired in the 2012 trade that sent Zack Greinke to the Los Angeles Angels, Hellweg has struggled in three starts and one relief appearance. In 10 2-3 innings, he has given up 20 runs on 19 hits and 12 walks while striking out three batters.

The Reds made it 1-0 in the first on Choo's leadoff double and a two-out single by Phillips.

Milwaukee tied it in the bottom of the inning on a leadoff double by Logan Schafer and a sacrifice fly by Carlos Gomez.

Cincinnati took the lead for good, 2-1, on a sacrifice fly by Devin Mesoraco in the second, scoring Bruce. The Reds added another run in the third when Zack Cozart scored from third on Phillips' groundout. Cozart scored again to make it 4-1 in the fifth on a groundout by Bruce.

Halton's homer pulled Milwaukee within 4-2 in the bottom of the fifth.

Cincinnati scored twice in the seventh off Hand to make it 6-2 on RBI singles from Phillips and Bruce.

Notes: Brewers OFs Ryan Braun (sore left thumb) and Norichika Aoki (left elbow tightness) were out of the lineup. They are expected to start Thursday at Arizona. ... Reds LHP Sean Marshall, on the DL with shoulder soreness, threw a 42-pitch bullpen session Tuesday and said he felt no soreness on Wednesday. He said there is no timetable to begin a minor-league rehab assignment. ... Reds OF Chris Heisey was wearing a compression sleeve on his left arm Wednesday after being hit by a fastball from RHP Wily Peralta on Tuesday night. He was out of the Reds lineup.

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