Johnny Cueto was awesome. 

Joey Votto was intense.

Jay Bruce was belligerent ... in a good way, of course.

Heroes were everywhere as the Cincinnati Reds clobbered the Los Angeles Dodgers, 5-0, on Military Appreciation Night at Great American Ball Park on Wednesday.

Cueto (6-5, 1.85 ERA) pitched only six innings. That's because he matched his career high with 12 strikeouts, which sent his pitch-count soaring to 112 with 74 strikes — another brilliant performance.

Votto doubled in two runs; Bruce crushed a solo homer halfway up the Moon Deck; and Brandon Phillips went 2 for 3 with an RBI as the Reds beat the Dodgers for the first time during this four-game series, which concludes with an afternoon Business Day Special today at GABP.

A key moment came in the top of the seventh when the Dodgers, trailing 4-zip, loaded the bases with one out against Logan Ondrusek and Manny Parra. 

Manager Bryan Price handed the ball to burly Jonathan Broxton and said, "Sic 'em." 

Broxton induced a 6-4-3 double-play grounder off the bat of Hanley Ramirez and the Reds survived a scary situation.

The Reds close out the 10-game home stand today, needing a victory over Los Angeles to go 5-5.

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