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Votto's game-ending homer gives Reds win over Rockies

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CINCINNATI -- This was one big swing for Joey Votto and the Cincinnati Reds.

Votto hit a game-ending solo homer, and the Reds shut down Nolan Arenado in a 4-3 win over Colorado Rockies on Friday night.

Votto drove a 3-0 pitch from Boone Logan (1-1) over the wall in center for his fifth homer. Votto's fourth career game-ending shot traveled an estimated 437 feet.

"The older you get and the longer you play, the more I become one with the team," he said. "All you care about is winning."

Votto had been struggling coming into the game, and the Reds were coming off consecutive 4-3 losses in Boston. The Red Sox won in 12 innings on Tuesday, and then scored two in the eighth inning of Wednesday's victory.

"At the end of the year, you'll look up and I'll be about the same," Votto said. "The frustrating part is my struggles have coincided with a number of close losses."

Reds manager Bryan Price switched Votto from second in the batting order to fourth to try to give him more chances to hit with runners in scoring position. That didn't work out but Votto was came up at the right time for the Reds.

"It is really fun to watch guys have moments like that," Price said. "It was a big win for all of us. In a tie game, he has the green light."

Arenado went 0 for 3, snapping his hitting streak at a club-record 28 games, the longest in the majors this season. But he also walked and scored on Justin Morneau's tying double in the ninth, handing Jonathan Broxton (1-0) his first blown save in six opportunities.

Johnny Cueto had another strong outing for Cincinnati, striking out eight in eight innings of two-run ball. The right-hander allowed five hits and walked one.

"We knew it was going to be tough to score runs on Cueto," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "He's been locked in. We knew we had to scratch and claw. We battled every at-bat and made him earn every out."

Cueto has pitched eight or more innings in five consecutive starts. He has gone at least seven in each of his eight starts this season.

"I continue to move the ball in and out, like Bryan Price wants me to do," Cueto said. "I am thankful that I feel well and able to do my job. They have a good team. They made me work."

Colorado's Jhoulys Chacin, making his second start of the season after missing the first month with a right shoulder strain, allowed two runs and four hits in six innings.

Skip Schumaker hit Chacin's second pitch of the game up the left-center gap for a double. He moved to third on Brayan Pena's groundout to first and scored on Brandon Phillips' sacrifice fly.

Todd Frazier drove Chacin's first pitch of the second inning 485 feet to a party area above the center-field batter's eye. Frazier's sixth homer of the season was the sixth-longest in the 12-year history of Great American Ball Park.

Troy Tulowitzki led off Colorado's fourth with his 10th homer, a 404-foot shot on Cueto's first pitch that bounced off the roof over the Reds' bullpen bench in left-center field.

The Rockies tied it in the fifth. DJ LeMahieu led off with a single, moved to second on Chacin's groundout and scored on Charlie Blackmon's single up the middle.

Pinch-hitter Billy Hamilton greeted Logan with an opposite-field double down the right-field line in the eighth inning. Schumaker sacrificed Hamilton to third base, setting up Pena's sacrifice fly.

Notes

Frazier extended his hitting streak to nine games, matching his career high. ... Weiss was pleasantly surprised that Morneau missed just one game with neck stiffness. Morneau, who has a history of neck problems, was scratched from Thursday's game at Texas, but started Friday at Cincinnati. "I didn't think it would be too long, but I thought it would be a couple of days," Weiss said. ... The Reds will most likely activate LHP Aroldis Chapman from the disabled list on Saturday, manager Bryan Price said. The team wanted to give the closer an extra day after he pitched on consecutive days for the first time on Tuesday and Wednesday to wrap up his rehab assignment. Chapman was struck in the left eye and nose by a line drive during a spring training game on March 19.

 
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Players of the Game
Colorado

J. Chacin
IP 6.0
H 4
ER 2
BB 1
K 2
Cincinnati

J. Cueto
IP 8.0
H 5
ER 2
BB 1
K 8
 
Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Charlie Blackmon, RF4011011 .346
Drew Stubbs, CF4000022 .301
Troy Tulowitzki, SS4111011 .402
Carlos Gonzalez, LF4000010 .275
Nolan Arenado, 3B3100110 .315
Justin Morneau, 1B3021100 .338
Jordan Pacheco, C4000003 .235
DJ LeMahieu, 2B4110011 .287
Jhoulys Chacin, P2010000 .333
   a-Corey Dickerson, PH1000010 .340
   Adam Ottavino, P0000000 .000
   Boone Logan, P0000000 .000
Totals3336328  
a-struck out for Chacin in the 7th
Batting
2B - Justin Morneau (11, Broxton), Jhoulys Chacin (1, Cueto)
HR - Troy Tulowitzki (10, Cueto)
RBI - Charlie Blackmon (26), Troy Tulowitzki (32), Justin Morneau (27)
Team LOB - 5
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jhoulys Chacin 6422121 4.91
Adam Ottavino 1000000 1.72
Boone Logan (L,1-1) 1222001 3.75
Pitches-Strikes - Jhoulys Chacin 88-56, Adam Ottavino 8-5, Boone Logan 12-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jhoulys Chacin 9-7, Boone Logan 2-1
Batters Faced - Jhoulys Chacin 23, Adam Ottavino 3, Boone Logan 5
Cincinnati Reds
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Skip Schumaker, CF-LF3110000 .250
Brayan Pena, C3001001 .308
Brandon Phillips, 2B3011000 .278
Joey Votto, 1B4111011 .262
Todd Frazier, 3B3111000 .267
Ryan Ludwick, LF2010100 .274
   Jonathan Broxton, P0000000 .000
Chris Heisey, RF3000002 .239
Zack Cozart, SS3000002 .195
Johnny Cueto, P2000011 .200
   a-Billy Hamilton, PH-CF1110000 .250
Totals2746412  
a-doubled for Cueto in the 8th
Batting
2B - Skip Schumaker (1, Chacin), Brandon Phillips (8, Chacin), Billy Hamilton (4, Logan)
HR - Joey Votto (5, Logan), Todd Frazier (6, Chacin)
SF - Brayan Pena (1), Brandon Phillips (2)
SH - Skip Schumaker (1)
RBI - Brayan Pena (9), Brandon Phillips (8), Joey Votto (11), Todd Frazier (20)
Team LOB - 3
Cincinnati Reds
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Johnny Cueto 8522181 1.43
Jonathan Broxton (W,1-0; BS,1) 1111100 1.00
Pitches-Strikes - Johnny Cueto 102-68, Jonathan Broxton 24-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Johnny Cueto 10-6, Jonathan Broxton 2-1
Batters Faced - Johnny Cueto 30, Jonathan Broxton 5
Game Information
Attendance - 27187
Game Time - 2:34
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Cory Blaser, First Base - Brian O'Nora, Second Base - Doug Eddings, Third Base - Chris Segal