Votto helps Reds edge Tribe
Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - Joey Votto hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning to help lift the Cincinnati Reds to a 4-2 win over the Cleveland Indians in the opener of a two-game set at Great American Ball Park.
With one out and one on, Votto smashed a 2-1 pitch off Nick Hagadone, scoring Shin-Soo Choo, who singled to begin the frame. Prior to the home run, Choo advanced to second on a passed ball and then to third on a sacrifice bunt by Zack Cozart.
Aroldis Chapman pitched a flawless ninth to notch his 13th save of the season.
Choo, who was traded by the Indians during the offseason, was 2-for-4 with a home run while Brandon Phillips had an RBI for the Reds, who have won six of seven.
Cincinnati starter Mike Leake allowed two runs -- one earned -- on five hits and fanned six in 7 1/3 innings. Jonathan Broxton (2-1) forced the final two outs of the eighth to pick up the win.
Jason Giambi hit a solo shot and Carlos Santana drove in one run for the Indians, who saw starter Ubaldo Jimenez give up two runs on four hits and four walks over seven frames.
05/27 16:11:54 ET