Cincinnati is officially in the win column

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The Cincinnati Reds avoided being swept at home with an 8-6 win in a business day special ballgame that began at 12:35 AM ET this afternoon.

Joey Votto once again ignited the Reds offense for the second day in a row by hitting a 3-run home run, becoming the first Reds player since Ken Griffey Jr. with back to back games with a 3-run homer. It has been almost 3 years since the feat was last accomplished. Votto had 3 hits for the second consecutive day and drove in 4 runs.

Bronson Arroyo was not fabulous as the starter but was good enough to get the victory. The Reds got on the board with a single by Darnell Mcdonald in the third inning that scored Ryan Hanigan. That made it 3-1 and Votto’s blast gave them a lead they’d never fully relinquish.

The Mets tied the game at 4 briefly but a 2-out 2-run single by Paul Janish in the 5th inning gave the Reds the lead for good. Francisco Cordero struck out the Mets’ side in the 9th inning to earn his first save.