Milwaukee managed to close the deficit to one run, getting to Volquez (12-3) in the fourth inning. Prince Fielder hit a two-run homer against the All-Star, and a comeback looked possible.But just like McClung, Volquez didn't allow more than the home run. He struck out 10 over seven strong innings to pick up the win. As he's done all season, Volquez baffled the Brewers with his fastball-changeup combination, mixing in an above-average slider. "His stuff is pretty tough," Yost said. "Slider, changeup and a 94-95 mph fastball. The slider was really good tonight. When you get guys that are that tough, [the hitters] don't really say much, they're just out there trying to find ways to get on base." While the Brewers' offense couldn't do much to get on base, the Reds were able to take advantage of a poor performance by the Milwaukee bullpen, adding an insurance run in the eighth off of David Riske and four more in the ninth against Eric Gagne. Dunn and Edwin Encarnacion hit back-to-back homers off Gagne to lead off the inning, and the rest snowballed from there. The Reds sent eight men to the plate as Gagne allowed four hits, three for extra bases. "We were going to really mix and match it from the seventh inning on," Yost said. "We had the pitching to do it. I thought Gagne's stuff was really good, but he just made some mistakes out over the middle of the plate."
Dave Fultz is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.