Votto puts Florida near elimination

Published 1:28 am Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Joey Votto pushed the Florida Marlins right to the brink of elimination and gave fans a sweet way to remember the Reds’ final home game.

Votto homered and doubled to help Cincinnati rally from a four-run deficit and beat the Florida Marlins 7-5 Monday in a makeup game.

The Marlins took a 4-0 lead before giving up six runs in the seventh inning on their way to a third consecutive loss after a nine-game winning streak fanned dreams of a miracle comeback.

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‘‘It’s tough trying to rebound from those two games,’’ Florida starter Ricky Nolasco said. ‘‘Just coming in here for the day and losing that way definitely hurts.’’

The loss dropped Florida 5 1/2 games behind New York in the NL wild-card race with six games left. The Mets played Chicago at night.