Votto’s HR gives Reds 3-2 win over Nationals
Published 10:11 pm Monday, July 3, 2023
WASHINGTON (AP) — Joey Votto hit a two-run home run to end an 0-for-21 slump, Ian Gibaut pitched out of a jam in the sixth inning and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Washington Nationals 3-2 Monday night in the opener of a four-game series.
Votto homered in the fourth off Jake Irvin, depositing the ball just inside the visiting bullpen in left-center field and driving in Elly De La Cruz. It’s his fourth home run in 12 games this season since returning in June.
The 2010 NL MVP missed the previous 10 months recovering from surgery to repair his left biceps and rotator cuff. The 39-year-old entered the game hitting .143.
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Luke Weaver (2-2) picked up the win by allowing two earned runs on six hits in five-plus innings. He was spared a 10th consecutive no-decision — or worse — when Gibaut got through the sixth, allowing just one hit, striking out Corey Dickerson and inducing a flyout from Derek Hill.
Catcher Tyler Stephenson drove in the Reds’ other run with an RBI single in the second. Fresh off being named an All-Star for the first time, closer Alexis Díaz picked up his 24th save.
Cincinnati is getting hot again. The Reds have won five of six since a three-game losing streak to keep pace with Milwaukee atop the NL Central.
Last-place Washington fell to 13-28 at home, this one in front of 36,290, the biggest crowd at Nationals Park this season.
Jeimer Candelario hit his 12th home run of the season, a solo shot in the fourth inning. Irvin (1-4) struck out three and allowed six hits.
The Nationals put right-handed reliever Thaddeus Ward on the 15-day injured list, retroactive to Sunday, with right shoulder inflammation. Manager Dave Martinez said Ward may have been taxed by his 30 1/3 innings of work in 22 appearances.
RHP Brett Kennedy could start his first major league game since 2018 for the Reds, facing the Nationals and LHP Patrick Corbin (5-9, 4.82).
Reds 3, Nationals 2
|Friedl cf||3||0||1||0||Thomas rf||4||0||2||0|
|McLain ss||5||0||0||0||García 2b||4||0||0||0|
|India 2b||4||0||0||0||Candelario 3b||3||2||1||1|
|De La Cruz 3b||4||1||1||0||Smith 1b||4||0||1||0|
|Fraley rf||3||1||1||0||Meneses dh||4||0||0||0|
|Fairchild ph-rf||0||0||0||0||Ruiz c||4||0||1||1|
|Votto 1b||4||1||1||2||Dickerson lf||4||0||2||0|
|Steer dh||4||0||1||0||Garrett pr||0||0||0||0|
|Stephenson c||3||0||2||1||Abrams ss||4||0||0||0|
|Senzel pr-lf||0||0||0||0||Hill cf||3||0||1||0|
LOB–Cincinnati 8, Washington 6. 2B–Thomas (22). HR–Votto (4), Candelario (12). SB–Fairchild (9).
Weaver pitched to 2 batters in the 6th.
HBP–Weems (Friedl), La Sorsa (Fairchild).
Umpires–Home, Adrian Johnson; First, Emil Jimenez; Second, Quinn Wolcott; Third, Manny Gonzalez.
T–2:37. A–36,290 (41,376).