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GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) - Joey Votto relished his long-awaited chance to circle the bases.
Votto hit a two-run homer, an encouraging sign that he's progressing in his recovery from knee surgery that robbed him of his power last season, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the split-squad Milwaukee Brewers 5-2 on Monday.
Votto didn't homer after June 24 last season because of the injury. He missed 48 games after tearing cartilage in his knee, and was reduced to hitting mostly singles when he returned because the knee wasn't fully healed. When the 2010 NL MVP reported to spring training, he said the knee felt good but wasn't entirely back to normal.
He knew the significance when he connected in the third inning off Robert Wooten.
"What's it been, eight months?" a smiling Votto said after leaving the field. "My swing is getting there. I have a ways to go but my knee feels fine."
Votto also had an RBI groundout off Tyler Thornburg, a third-round draft pick in 2010 who is trying to win a spot in a Brewers rotation that's in flux because of trades and injuries. Thornburg started last season at Double-A, but wound up making three starts for Milwaukee. On Monday, he gave up two hits and two runs in two innings.
"Last year I was pretty nervous going into spring training, being around all these guys for the first time," Thornburg said. "But I spent a little bit of time with them last spring training and then a couple of months with them last year in the big leagues. This spring training has been a lot more mind-easing for me, really."
Right fielder Jay Bruce was scratched from the Reds' lineup after batting practice because of a sore right heel.
"I felt some tightness running sprints," Bruce said. "I'm all right. It's February."
Armando Galarraga, Sean Marshal and Jonathan Broxton blanked the Brewers on three hits through the first five innings. It was Galarraga's first appearance since he signed a minor league deal with the Reds earlier this month. The 31-year-old right-hander was 0-4 with a 6.75 ERA in five starts last year with the Houston Astros.
Galarraga lost a perfect game on June 2, 2010, while pitching for Detroit when first base umpire Jim Joyce called Cleveland's Jason Donald safe on what replays showed should have been the final out of the game. Joyce admitted after the game that his call was incorrect.
"Galarraga looked very good," manager Dusty Baker said. "He was keeping the ball down and looks healthy."
Jean Segura, who is expected to start at shortstop for the Brewers in front of veteran Alex Gonzalez, had two hits. Segura was obtained from the Angels in the trade for starter Zack Greinke last season.
NOTES: Shin-Soo Choo has reached base and scored in the first inning in all three of his starts. The Reds had the lowest on-base-percentage for leadoff hitters in the NL last season, one of the reasons they got Choo from the Indians. ... Jimmy Nelson, the Brewers' second pick in the 2010 draft, pitched two scoreless innings.
|Players of the Game|
|Logan Schafer, RF||3||0||0||0||0||2||3||.250|
|Rene Tosoni, RF||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||.000|
|Jean Segura, SS||3||0||2||0||0||0||2||.400|
|Yadiel Rivera, SS||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.000|
|Jonathan Lucroy, C||3||0||0||0||0||0||3||.200|
|Blake Lalli, C||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.250|
|Taylor Green, 3B||3||1||0||0||0||0||1||.000|
|T.J. Mittelstaedt, 3B||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.000|
|Khris Davis, LF||4||1||1||1||0||2||0||.143|
|Michael Reed, LF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Sean Halton, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.333|
|Scooter Gennett, 2B||3||0||1||1||1||0||1||.333|
|Josh Prince, CF||4||0||0||0||0||2||2||.000|
|Anderson De La Rosa, DH||2||0||1||0||1||1||0||.250|
|a- Blake Davis, PH-DH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.000|
|a-struck out for De La Rosa in the 9th|
|2B - Jean Segura (1, Galarraga), Khris Davis (1, Partch), Sean Halton (1, Serrano), Anderson De La Rosa (1, Marshall)|
|RBI - Khris Davis (1), Scooter Gennett (1)|
|2-OUT RBI - Scooter Gennett (1)|
|SB - Rene Tosoni (1, 2nd base off Partch/Miller)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|E - Scooter Gennett (1, Misplayed grounder)|
|Tyler Thornburg (L,0-1)||2||2||2||2||1||0||0||9.00|
|HBP - Negron (by Zach Kroenke)|
|WP - James Nelson (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Tyler Thornburg 12-8, Robert Wooten 12-7, James Nelson 10-10, Darren Byrd 16-4, Michael Olmsted 16-12, Zach Kroenke 6-5|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tyler Thornburg 3-3, Robert Wooten 2-0, James Nelson 3-3, Darren Byrd 1-0, Michael Olmsted 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Tyler Thornburg 9, Robert Wooten 6, James Nelson 8, Darren Byrd 5, Michael Olmsted 7, Zach Kroenke 4|
|Shin-Soo Choo, CF||2||1||0||0||1||0||2||.167|
|Yorman Rodriguez, CF||2||0||0||0||0||1||3||.250|
|Emmanuel Burriss, 2B||3||2||2||0||0||0||2||.300|
|a- Kris Negron, PH-2B||1||0||0||0||0||1||3||.333|
|Joey Votto, 1B||3||1||1||3||0||0||0||.500|
|Neftali Soto, 1B||2||0||0||0||0||0||4||.444|
|Chris Heisey, LF||0||0||0||1||1||0||0||.200|
|Donald Lutz, LF||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.333|
|Denis Phipps, RF||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.167|
|b- Xavier Paul, PH-RF||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.125|
|Jack Hannahan, 3B||2||0||1||0||0||0||1||.333|
|Jason Donald, 3B||0||1||0||0||2||0||0||.500|
|Zack Cozart, SS||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.167|
|Cesar Izturis, SS||1||0||1||0||1||0||0||.286|
|Miguel Olivo, C||2||0||0||0||0||0||2||.250|
|Corky Miller, C||1||0||0||0||1||1||2||.000|
|Derrick Robinson, DH||2||0||1||0||0||0||1||.167|
|c- Devin Mesoraco, PH-DH||2||0||0||1||0||1||0||.250|
|a-struck out for Burriss in the 6th|
|b-grounded out for Phipps in the 5th|
|c-grounded out for D. Robinson in the 6th|
|2B - Emmanuel Burriss (1, Thornburg)|
|HR - Joey Votto (1, Wooten)|
|SF - Chris Heisey (1)|
|RBI - Joey Votto 3 (4), Chris Heisey (1), Devin Mesoraco (3)|
|SB - Chris Heisey 2 (2, 2nd base off Wooten/Lucroy, 3rd base off Wooten/Lucroy), Jason Donald (1, 2nd base off Byrd/Lalli)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|E - Yorman Rodriguez (1, Dropped fly)|
|Armando Galarraga (W,1-0)||2||1||0||0||0||2||0||0.00|
|Sean Marshall (H,1)||1||2||0||0||0||1||0||0.00|
|Jonathan Broxton (H,1)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.00|
|Ismael Guillon (H,1)||1||0||0||0||2||1||0||0.00|
|Curtis Partch (H,1)||2||2||2||0||1||3||0||9.82|
|Mark Serrano (H,1)||1||1||0||0||0||2||0||0.00|
|WP - Ismael Guillon (1), Curtis Partch (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Armando Galarraga 11-11, Sean Marshall 7-7, Jonathan Broxton 3-3, Ismael Guillon 13-5, Curtis Partch 20-15, Mark Serrano 8-8, Jeff Stevens 5-5|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Armando Galarraga 3-1, Jonathan Broxton 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Armando Galarraga 7, Sean Marshall 5, Jonathan Broxton 3, Ismael Guillon 5, Curtis Partch 10, Mark Serrano 4, Jeff Stevens 3|
|Attendance - 1720|
|Game Time - 2:55|
|Temperature - 61|
|Umpires - Home - Kellen Levy, First Base - Doug Eddings, Second Base - Adrian Johnson, Third Base - Ben May|