Best win of the year?

"Best win in a long time, long time," Reds manager Dusty Baker said.

The Reds' 4-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers Wednesday night before a crowd of 22,213 at Great American Ball Park had it all:

• Drama: Go-ahead runs scored on Joey Votto's laser shot of a two-run home run in the eighth inning. Jay Bruce put the Reds back in the game with a two-run shot an inning earlier.

• History: Francisco Cordero closed it out for his 300th career save. He became the 22nd player to reach the milestone and the first to do it in a Reds uniform.

• Significance: The victory gave the Reds the series, kept them above .500 and came before their first day off in 20 days.

"That was sweet," Baker said. "We finally won the series, that rubber game that's been eluding us. Hopefully, we'll take this day off and enjoy it. This 20-game run has been up and down, emotional swings, mostly down. That was some victory, a big sigh of relief."

No one was happier than Cordero. This was his eighth game since save No. 299.

He blew a save in between.

"It's big," he said. "It's a big number. I don't know what to say. I'm so happy. I'm glad to get it out of the way so I can focus helping my team win games and get to the playoffs."

The game was shaping up as a not-so-happy night for the Reds.

Shaun Marcum, one of the pitchers the Brewers acquired specifically to help compete with the Reds, was doing his job. He carried a shutout into the seventh and had limited the Reds to two singles at that point.