Cincinnati Reds defeat Milwaukee Brewers, 5-2

Together they had Joey Votto seething.

The Cincinnati Reds' candidate, and a strong one, for the Most Valuable Player award was not too happy with the Milwaukee Brewers or home-plate umpire Joe West as he strolled to the plate for his fourth at-bat Monday night.

Votto normally blisters the Brewers, but in the series opener he had been called out on strikes twice to his displeasure and hit into a double play.

Then, bang!

Votto showed why he is feared and has an ...

Lorenzo Cain seemed like he scalded every ball he hit in July during his first stint with the Milwaukee Brewers and continued the habit when he was recalled in August.

Cain took over Carlos Gomez's roster spot and eventually took over the starting position in center field by hitting .315 in 54 at-bats through Aug. 25. He's played an exceptional center field, highlighted by his cranium-jarring crash into the wall in Cincinnati about three weeks ago.

But since getting ...