Votto went 1-for-3 with a three-run homer, two walks and two runs Friday against the Diamondbacks. Votto launched his 17th bomb of the season in the first inning to give the Reds a 3-2 lead in a home victory. He's now left the yard in three of his last four games to raise his slugging percentage to .483.
Votto hit his 15th home run as part of a 2-for-3 game with two runs scored, three RBI and a walk in Monday's win over Atlanta. Votto entered the day hitting .346/.478/.596 with three home runs and a brilliant 14:13 BB:K in his past 15 games. He stayed hot with a show of his power and discipline Monday night. However, Votto's power numbers are still somewhat underwhelming -- he's on pace for 26 home runs, and his .463 slugging percentage would be his worst mark in a single season with 100 or more games played.
Votto went 4-for-5 with a double and a run Saturday against the Brewers. Votto scored the only Reds' run in the ninth inning of a 9-1 loss. The double was only his third extra-base hit in 10 July games, and he's now slashing .261/.390/.452.
Votto (shoulder) will return to the Cincinnati lineup Sunday against the Nationals, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Votto was a late scratch Saturday due to shoulder soreness, but the ailment doesn't appear serious enough to hold him out through Sunday's series finale. The Reds can surely use the offensive presence of Votto in their lineup, as the veteran is coming off a month of June in which he posted a 1.015 OPS and raised his season batting average more than 30 points.
Votto was scratched from Saturday's lineup due to right shoulder soreness. Adam Duvall will make his third start at first base this season with Votto nursing a sore shoulder, which may be the result of an awkward slide into second base on a double during Friday's 14-inning game. Votto's availability off the bench and status for Sunday's series finale are up in the air.
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