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RHP Mike Leake made his longest start of the season, working 8 1/3 innings as the Reds beat Milwaukee, 6-2. Leake beat the Brewers for the first time since 2011 after allowing just two runs on four hits and four walks with two strikeouts, lowering his ERA to 2.69 on the season -- the eighth-best in the National League.

LF Chris Heisey was held out of the starting lineup Wednesday at Milwaukee, a day after being hit in the elbow with a Wily Peralta fastball. Heisey was wearing a compression sleeve on his arm Wednesday and was unavailable during Cincinnati's 6-2 victory over the Brewers. In 33 games this season, Heisey is hitting .213 with seven doubles, four home runs and 10 RBIs, but since coming off the disabled list ten 10 games ago, Heisey was 7-for-19 with two home runs.

2B Brandon Phillips went 2-for-5 with three RBIs Wednesday and is now third in the National League with 67 RBIs in this season. He has nine hits in his last 10 games and hitting .264 on the season with 12 home runs and 13 doubles. Phillips is one of only five Cincinnati players to appear in at least 80 games this season.

CF Sinn-Soo Choo had three hits, including a double and a walk and scored twice Wednesday, extending his hitting streak to eight games. Choo is batting .394 (13-for-33) with three doubles and three RBIs during that streak and has reached base safely in 80 of his 88 appearances this season. His 61 walks this season are the second-most in all of baseball, behind only teammate Joey Votto, who has 66.

RHP Mat Latos is 12-2 with a 2.91 ERA in his last 25 starts dating back to last season and has won two of his last three decisions heading into his next start, Thursday against the Braves in Atlanta. Latos is 4-2 lifetime against the Braves and was the winner in his last meeting with Atlanta, allowing two runs on six hits in seven innings of the Reds' 4-2 victory on Aug. 3, 2009.