Reds 10, Marlins 6: Another home run for Votto

By Mark Schmetzer
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CINCINNATI — Among those not concerned about Joey Votto’s home-run drought are the first baseman his Cincinnati Reds teammates.

Votto now seems to be getting hot and shaking off his power outage. He homered and got three hits for the second straight day, and the Reds beat the Miami Marlins 10-6 yesterday for their sixth win in the past seven games.

Votto missed 48 games last season because of a knee injury, and his April 14 homer against Pittsburgh was his first since June 24. He has homered in back-to-back games for the first time since Sept. 10-11, 2011, at Colorado.

“Before I got hurt, I had 14 home runs,” Votto said. “If I’m not hitting home runs, I can help win games in other ways. I don’t feel obligated to hit home runs to quell people’s concerns. Is ‘ quell’ the right word?”

Votto is 7 for 11 in his past two games, raising his batting average to .328. The 2010 National League MVP, Votto reached 24 homers in four of his previous five full seasons.

Manager Dusty Baker said he had faith that Votto’s power would return.

“I told you he was going to hit,” Baker said. “Everybody was more worried than we were. Water seeks its own level. If you can hit, you’ll hit. You don’t just stop hitting.”

Brandon Phillips drove in the go-ahead run for the second straight day and Todd Frazier hit a three-run double in an eight-run seventh inning for the Reds, who won three of four from the Marlins and improved to a major league-best 10-3 at home.

Logan Ondrusek (1-0) struck out the side in the seventh to win in relief of Homer Bailey, who allowed two runs and seven hits in six innings, with eight strikeouts and three walks.

Alex Sanabia (2-2) gave up five runs and five hits in six innings. Marlins manager Mike Redmond’s bullpen options were limited after using six relievers on Saturday.

Notable

The Reds placed catcher Ryan Hanigan on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained left side. Hanigan, also dealing with a bruised left thumb, injured his oblique reaching for a high fastball thrown by Aroldis Chapman on Friday night. Cincinnati selected the contract of catcher Corky Miller from triple-A Louisville, and right-hander Nick Masset was moved to the 60-day DL to clear a spot on the 40-man roster.

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