CINCINNATI (AP) -- Ryan Ludwick and Brandon Phillips each hit two-run homers Saturday night, powering Cincinnati to a 6-2 victory over the fading Milwaukee Brewers that extended the Reds' surge without Joey Votto.
The NL Central leaders have gone 4-2 since Votto learned he needed surgery for torn knee cartilage. The Reds have won 10 of 12 overall, moving a season-high 14 games over .500.
Ludwick homered as part of a four-run first inning off Yovani Gallardo (8-7). Phillips homered in the eighth off Jose Veras, dropping the defending division champion Brewers a season-high 9 games out.
The Reds, who won the division in 2010, are 6-2 against the Brewers this season.
Bronson Arroyo (5-6) rebounded from his shortest start of the season, allowing two runs and five hits in six innings.
The Reds need an offense that's ranked in the middle of the NL to pick it up while Votto recovers from knee surgery, a process that will take three to four weeks. So far, they've pulled it off.