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Reds hold off Mets, 8-6

CINCINNATI (AP) —Joey Votto had a three-run homer and a run-scoring single off Oliver Perez, who rarely has such a tough time against left-handed hitters, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the New York Mets 8-6 Thursday to salvage the finale of their opening series.

The first baseman who led NL rookies with a .297 average and 24 homers last season led them to a needed win. Given Cincinnati’s streak of eight straight losing seasons, an 0-3 start would have been particularly discouraging.

Bronson Arroyo (1-0) pitched as if he’s recovering from his latest bout of carpal tunnel syndrome, giving up five runs in six innings. Francisco Cordero got the save.

struck out the side in the ninth, converting Cincinnati’s first save opportunity of the season.