CINCINNATI – Joey Votto’s home run leading off the bottom of the ninth inning lifted the Cincinnati Reds to a 4-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Friday night in the opener of a three-game series at Great American Ball Park.
Votto’s home run came on a 3-0 pitch from left-hander Boone Logan and traveled an estimated 437 feet to center field. It was his fourth career walkoff homer.
Third baseman Todd Frazier also hit his sixth home run of the season for Cincinnati.
Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki homered for Colorado.
Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado went 0-for-3 with a walk to end his 28-game hitting streak.
Both starting pitchers finished strong.
Rockies right-hander Jhoulys Chacin allowed two runs and four hits through six innings with one walk and one strikeout. He allowed just two baserunners in his final four innings.
Reds right-hander Johnny Cueto retired the final 11 batters he faced, finishing with two runs allowed and five hits in eight innings with one walk and eight strikeouts.
Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton, who had missed six starts with bruised knuckles suffered while making a diving catch on May 1, pinch-hit for Cueto in the eighth and doubled down the right field line.
Hamilton advanced to third on center fielder Skip Schumaker’s sacrifice bunt and scored the go-ahead run on catcher Brayan Pena’s sacrifice fly, making the score 3-2.
But Colorado rallied in the ninth against reliever Jonathan Broxton when Arenado walked with one out and scored the tying run on a double by first baseman Justin Morneau.
Broxton picked up the victory moments later on Votto’s homer.
Schumaker led off the first with a double and later scored on second baseman Brandon Phillips’ sacrifice fly to put Cincinnati ahead 1-0.
In the second, Frazier sent Chacin’s first pitch sailing an estimated 485 feet onto the Riverboat Deck high above center field, putting the Reds ahead 2-0.
Cueto was dominant early, but the Rockies had some good swings against him, beginning with Tulowitzki’s solo home run, his 10th homer of the season, leading off the fourth. It was the seventh home run allowed by Cueto this season.
Charlie Blackmon’s RBI single in the fifth tied the score 2-2.
Good win for the team, both teams are back at it tomorrow night at the GABP, Alfredo Simon will be on the mound for the Reds, first pitch is at 7:10pm.