Aug 26, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto (19) flips to first to force out St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Daniel Descalso (not pictured) during the eighth inning at Busch Stadium. St. Louis defeated Cincinnati 8-6. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Joey Votto helps Cincinnati Reds edge Los Angeles Dodgers after slump


Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto is hanging on to a batting average above .300 after reaching a hitting slump by his standards, but more nights like this should help the six-year veteran get his confidence back.

From the Associated Press recap:

Joey Votto emerged from his deep slump with a single and a two-run homer Friday night, leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers, who had another starting pitcher get hurt.

The NL West leaders lost left-hander Chris Capuano to a mild groin strain in the second inning, when he grimaced on a pitch to Zack Cozart.

All of the scoring came in the fourth and fifth innings for the Reds. Votto led off the bottom of the fourth inning with a hit, then Jay Bruce got another hit to move Votto over to third base. Ryan Ludwick would ground out into a double play but was able to bring Votto in.

With two outs in the bottom of the fifth, Votto hit his 22nd home run of the season, scoring in Shin-Soo Choo.

Votto has been struggling at the plate, notably going 0 for 7 with three strikeouts in the extra-innings affair with the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night. He had his first multi-hit night since August 24th, and has gone 5 for 40 in his at-bats since August 25th.

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