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Joey Votto broke a scoreless tie with a lead-off home run in the seventh. Votto’s first hit of the season gave the Reds their first lead of the season. He was 0-for-4 Monday on Opening Day in a 4-3 loss to the Phillies.
Votto’s 222nd career home run moved him into a tie for fourth place with Jason Bay for home runs hit by a native of Canada. Larry Walker is the all-time leader with 383 home runs.
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The Votto home run and then an RBI single by Zack Cozart in the same inning put Finnegan in position to get the victory. A year after he was 10-11 with a 3.98 ERA in 31 starts, he got off to a great start in his second season in Cincinnati.
“He’ll compete,” Price said. “I don’t even expect that. I know it. He’s a competitor. He’s completely rested and competing every time he takes the mound, so I never have to worry about that. I like to see him working ahead in the count. That really sets the table for him. He’s got a nice mix of pitches and when he’s ahead it really opens up the full bag of pitches he has and locations and allows him to control the game.”
Michael Lorenzen relieved Finnegan in the eighth. After giving up back-to-back singles, Lorenzen struck out the next two batters and then got an inning-ending groundout. Lorenzen also threw a scoreless eighth inning on Opening Day.
Raisel Iglesias pitched a scoreless ninth to earn the save.
NOTES: The game started at 8 p.m. after a 50-minute rain delay. … Cozart was the only Red with two hits. Tucker Barnhart and Adam Duvall both had doubles. … Eugenio Suarez is the only starter who does not have a hit in the first two games. He was 0-for-3 Monday and 0-for-3 on Wednesday.
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