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Joey Votto

MLB: Cincinnati 8, Pittsburgh 4

CINCINNATI, Oct. 4 -- Joey Votto's two hits and three RBI Saturday led Cincinnati to an 8-4 victory over Pittsburgh.

Darnell McDonald had two hits and one RBI.

Scott Rolen hit a solo homer and scored twice.

A run scored on Jason Jaramillo's fourth-inning passed ball, while Ramon Hernandez added two hits for the Reds, who had lost two in a row.
The winner was starter Johnny Cueto (11-11).

Pittsburgh's Delwyn Young had three hits -- one a three-run sixth-inning homer.

Andy LaRoche hit an RBI double for the Pirates, who had only six hits and had their three-game winning streak stopped.

The losing pitcher was starter Zach Duke (11-16).

Copyright 2009 by United Press International.

MLB: Cincinnati 7, St. Louis 2

Cincinnati, Sept. 29: Jay Bruce hit a three-run homer and a two-run homer Tuesday to power the Cincinnati Reds in a 7-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.

Joey Votto added a solo homer as the Reds won for the seventh time in eight games and sent the National League Central Division champions to their fourth loss in five games.

Winning pitcher Homer Bailey (7-5) gave up seven hits and a run while striking out seven over seven innings.

Losing pitcher Joel Pineiro (15-12) allowed seven runs and eight hits and seven runs over six innings.

Albert Pujols drove in a run for St. Louis for his 133rd RBI this season. David Freese hit his first career home run.

Copyright 2009 by United Press International.

Cincy 1B Votto NL Player of Week

New York -- Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto was named the National League Player of the Week Monday.

Votto, 26, had a Major League-best 14 hits, including 10 doubles, and 11 runs scored in six games last week. He became the first player to hit 10 doubles in a five-game span in a single season since Hall of Famer Paul Waner did it for Pittsburgh in 1932.

Votto had eight RBI, an NL-leading 1.080 slugging percentage, and a .593 on-base percentage during the period. For the season, he is hitting .318 with 23 home runs and 80 RBI.

Copyright 2009 by United Press International.

MLB: Cincinnati 10, Houston 4

Houston, Sept. 26: Joey Votto drove in four runs and Cincinnati roughed up Houston for 17 hits Friday en route to a 10-4 drubbing of the Astros.

Votto hit a solo homer in the first, his 23rd of the year, and climaxed a five-run second with a three-run double.

Jay Bruce tacked on a solo homer in the fifth, helping boost the Reds to their fifth straight victory. At one point in late August, the Reds were 20 games below .500. Their current winning streak has brought them within eight games of the break-even mark.

Matt Maloney (2-4) took advantage of the offensive onslaught to get the win. He allowed two runs on six hits in seven innings.

MLB: Cincinnati 4, Pittsburgh 1

Pittsburgh -- Joey Votto's two-run double in a four-run third inning Thursday boosted Cincinnati to a 4-1 win over Pittsburgh, capping a three-game sweep.

Votto's two-out double gave Cincinnati a 3-0 lead in the top of the third.

Brandon Phillips and Drew Sutton also drove in runs for the Reds, who made the most of seven hits, winning for the eighth time in their last nine games.

Winner Bronson Arroyo (14-13) surrendered a run and five hits in seven innings. He lost his shutout when Lastings Milledge hit a solo homer in the bottom of the seventh.

Closer Francisco Cordero earned his 39th save after giving up two hits and a walk in the bottom of the ninth.

Six others had one hit for the Pirates, who have lost six in a row.

MLB: Cincinnati 12, Pittsburgh 2

Pittsburgh, Sept. 23 -- Joey Votto had four of Cincinnati's 14 hits Wednesday and five players drove in two runs each in carrying the Reds to a 12-2 romp over Pittsburgh.

Votto touched off a three-run third with an RBI double and the Reds broke things open with a four-run fifth that featured a two-run single by Jay Bruce. Votto scored one of his three runs on Bruce's base hit.

Cincinnati won its third straight and Pittsburgh has lost five in a row. The Pirates, on their way to a third straight last-place finish in the National League Central, have dropped 22 of their last 25 games.

Homer Bailey (6-5) picked up the easy win by going six innings, giving up two runs on four hits. Kevin Hart (8-8) surrendered eight runs on eight hits in 4 1/3 innings.

MLB: Cincinnati 10, Pittsburgh 4

Pittsburgh, Sept. 22: Scott Rolen had three hits, three RBI and two runs scored Tuesday to lead the Cincinnati Reds to a 10-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Reds scored five runs in the fifth inning. Brandon Phillips drove in two runs and scored once and Joey Votto had three hits and scored three runs for the Reds.
Johnny Cueto (10-10) gave up two runs on nine hits in five innings for the win.
Zach Duke (10-15) took the loss after allowing five runs on nine hits in six innings.

Andrew McCutchen went 2-for-4 with a solo homer and two RBI, Ronny Cedeno, and Robinzon Diaz each had an RBI, and Lastings Milledge went 3-for-5 with two runs scored for Pittsburgh.

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MLB: Cincinnati 6, Houston 5

Cincinnati, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- Joey Votto scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch in the seventh Wednesday and Cincinnati overcame a Houston home run barrage to down the Astros 6-5.

All Houston's runs came on solo homers, which gave the Astros a 5-4 lead through five innings.

Drew Stubbs then singled home Wladimir Balentien with the tying run in the sixth and the Reds took the lead in the seventh, thanks to a gift from Jeff Fulchino.

Votto led off the seventh with a single and moved to third on a base hit by Brandon Phillips.

Fulchino then came in to relieve Wesley Wright and promptly uncorked the wild pitch that brought home what turned out to be the winning run.

MLB: Colorado 3, Cincinnati 1

Denver, Sept. 9: Jason Marquis turned in a solid start and Eric Young hit a solo home run for Colorado in the Rockies' 3-1 win over Cincinnati Tuesday.

Marquis (15-10) limited the Reds to one run on four hits and struck out seven in 7 1/3 innings to match his career high for wins and carry the Rockies to their seventh win in eight games.

Young went 2-for-3 and scored two runs. Todd Helton and Carlos Gonzalez each drove in a run on sacrifice flies.

Matt Maloney (0-4) took the loss despite giving up one run on four hits.

Joey Votto drove in Cincinnati's only run in the eighth on a groundout with runners on second and third.

MLB: Cincinnati 3, Atlanta 1

Atlanta-- Joey Votto's two-run homer and one-hit scoreless pitching by Kip Wells Saturday carried Cincinnati to a 3-1 win over Atlanta.

The victory gave Cincinnati a six-game winning streak.

Votto's homer, his 21st, gave Cincinnati a 2-0 lead with one out in the top of the sixth.

Scott Rolen capped a three-run inning with an RBI single, only the fourth hit for the Reds, who have won 12 of their last 14 games.

Wells (1-3) walked four batters, struck out four, and the only hit he surrendered was a lead-off single by Garret Anderson in the bottom of the second.

Closer Francisco Cordero earned his 32nd save despite a walk and a hit in the bottom of the ninth.