Joey Votto entered Friday's game hitless in his last 13 at-bats and was batting just .153 since August 26. But things changed Friday as Votto reached base safely in all four at-bats going 2-for-2 with a two-run home run and two walks as the Cincinnati Reds snuck past the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 at Great American Ballpark.
With the Reds trailing 2-1 heading into the fifth, Votto's two-run bomb put the Reds ahead for good. Reds starting pitcher Mike Leake led off the inning with a walk, and was followed by a base hit off the bat of Shin-Soo Choo. Brandon Phillips then grounded into a double play but he was followed up by Votto's blast.
"That's what the big boys do," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "You can't hold a good man down too long, especially such a talented man and a determined man."
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