CINCINNATI, May 21 (UPI) -- Mike Leake tossed eight strong innings and ignited a back-to-back-to-back home run spree Monday in Cincinnati's 4-1 win over the Braves.
Leake (1-5) earned his first victory of the season after seven fruitless starts, allowing only a second-inning homer to Juan Francisco and a Dan Uggla double in the seventh.
In between, the right-hander set down 14 straight batters, finishing with six strikeouts and allowing one walk.
Leake's fourth-inning solo blast was the first three straight Reds homers. The next two batters, Zack Cozart and Drew Stubbs, followed him with bases-empty shots off Mike Minor (2-4).
Stubbs also homered in the first for Cincinnati, which took the first contest of a four-game set and logged its third straight win overall.
The Reds came into the game trailing first-place St. Louis by a half-game in the National League Central.
Minor yielded four runs on five hits over six frames, issuing four walks.