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Updated: September 6, 2013, 10:31 PM ET
Associated Press

CINCINNATI -- Joey Votto emerged from his deep slump with a single and a two-run homer Friday night, leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers, who had another starting pitcher get hurt.

The NL West leaders lost Chris Capuano to a mild groin strain in the second inning, when he grimaced on a pitch to Zack Cozart. Already this week, the Dodgers had to push Hyun-Jin Ryu back from a scheduled start because of a sore back.

Mike Leake (12-6) emerged from his recent slump, helping the Reds get their fourth win in their last five games. Leake allowed five hits, including Hanley Ramirez's two-run homer, in 7 2-3 innings.

Aroldis Chapman, pitching for the fourth day in a row, fanned three in the ninth for his 35th save in 40 chances.

Votto hit a two-run homer -- his 22nd -- off J.P. Howell (2-1) in the fifth inning for a 3-2 lead.

PHILLIES 2, BRAVES 1

PHILADELPHIA -- Cody Asche hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning, and Philadelphia ace Cliff Lee outdueled fellow left-hander Mike Minor.

Lee (12-6) allowed one run on Andrelton Simmons' leadoff homer in the third while striking out 10 in eight innings. He gave up two hits and walked none.

Jonathan Papelbon finished for his 25th save in 31 chances.

Asche's homer came on the first pitch he saw from Minor in the seventh. In his first time facing the Phillies this season, Minor (13-6) allowed four hits in seven innings, striking out nine and walking one.

CUBS 8, BREWERS 5

CHICAGO -- Rookie Junior Lake hit his first career grand slam in Chicago's five-run first inning, leading the Cubs to the victory.

Lake was 2 for 4 and has five homers since being called up July 19.

The Cubs and Brewers are tied for fourth place in the NL Central at 60-80.

Carlos Villanueva (5-8) struck out five in 2 1-3 scoreless innings to get the win. Kevin Gregg got the final three outs for his 30th save in 35 chances.

Brewers starter Kyle Lohse (9-9) allowed 11 hits and seven runs in five innings. Scooter Gennett had a pinch-hit, three-run homer in the eighth for Milwaukee.


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