CINCINNATI (AP) — Joey Votto hit a game-ending solo homer, and the Cincinnati Reds shut down Nolan Arenado in a 4-3 win over Colorado Rockies on Friday night.
Votto drove a 3-0 pitch from Boone Logan (1-1) over the wall in center for his fifth homer. Votto’s fourth career game-ending shot traveled an estimated 437 feet.
Arenado went 0 for 3, snapping his hitting streak at a club-record 28 games, the longest in the majors this season. But he also walked and scored on Justin Morneau’s tying double in the ninth, handing Jonathan Broxton (1-0) his first blown save in six opportunities.
Johnny Cueto had another strong outing for Cincinnati, striking out eight in eight innings of two-run ball. The right-hander allowed five hits and walked one.
Cueto has pitched eight or more innings in five consecutive starts. He has gone at least seven in each of his eight starts this season.
Colorado’s Jhoulys Chacin, making his second start of the season after missing the first month with a right shoulder strain, allowed two runs and four hits in six innings.
Skip Schumaker hit Chacin’s second pitch of the game up the left-center gap for a double. He moved to third on Brayan Pena’s groundout to first and scored on Brandon Phillips’ sacrifice fly.
Todd Frazier drove Chacin’s first pitch of the second inning 485 feet to a party area above the center-field batter’s eye. Frazier’s sixth homer of the season was the sixth-longest in the 12-year history of Great American Ball Park.
Troy Tulowitzki led off Colorado’s fourth with his 10th homer, a 404-foot shot on Cueto’s first pitch that bounced off the roof over the Reds’ bullpen bench in left-center field.
The Rockies tied it in the fifth. DJ LeMahieu led off with a single, moved to second on Chacin’s groundout and scored on Charlie Blackmon’s single up the middle.
Pinch-hitter Billy Hamilton greeted Logan with an opposite-field double down the right-field line in the eighth inning. Schumaker sacrificed Hamilton to third base, setting up Pena’s sacrifice fly.
NOTES: Frazier extended his hitting streak to nine games, matching his career high. … Colorado manager Walt Weiss was pleasantly surprised that Morneau missed just one game with neck stiffness. Morneau, who has a history of neck problems, was scratched from Thursday’s game at Texas, but started Friday at Cincinnati. “I didn’t think it would be too long, but I thought it would be a couple of days,” Weiss said. … The Reds will most likely activate LHP Aroldis Chapman from the disabled list on Saturday, manager Bryan Price said. The team wanted to give the closer an extra day after he pitched on consecutive days for the first time on Tuesday and Wednesday to wrap up his rehab assignment. Chapman was struck in the left eye and nose by a line drive during a spring training game on March 19.