There was laughter. There was gags. There was joy.

The visitors' clubhouse was a happy place after the Reds' 6-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday before a crowd of 35,239 at Miller Park. There was no celebration, of course, it was merely a routine win over a struggling team in July.

But it was one the Reds badly needed.

"Oh yeah," winning pitcher Mike Leake said. "It would be a graveyard in here if we didn't pull this one out. It's nice to get out of here. Hopefully, we do something in Atlanta."

The win snapped a three-game losing streak and was only the Reds' second win in six games.

The team is dealing with a lot of nagging injuries, and the bats have been silent on most nights lately. The Reds had scored three runs or fewer in nine of 12 games coming in. A relatively easy win was welcome.

"It's nice to hear the guys out there joking and laughing," Reds manager Dusty Baker said.

The win was not a thing of beauty. The Reds' first four runs scored on plays that ended in outs. They were 1-for-10 at one point with runners in scoring position. The Brewers started rookie Johnny Hellweg, who came in 0-2 with a 12.79 ERA.

But in the end, they got it done.

"We don't always win pretty," Baker said. "But we win most of the time."

The Reds go to Atlanta for the final four games before the All-Star Break with a 51-40 record. But they seem to be swimming against the tide a lot lately. That's why they needed Wednesday's win.

Leake (8-4, 2.69 ERA) continued to be the Reds' best starter. He went 8 1/3 innings and allowed the two runs on four hits. He walked four and struck out two.