By JEFF MEZYDLO
STATS Senior Writer
If the Cincinnati Reds continue to pitch well, they should have a good chance to succeed over the next few weeks even without injured star Joey Votto.
After shutting out Arizona to even their four-game set, the Reds hope Mat Latos can continue his undefeated run Wednesday night against the visiting Diamondbacks.
Johnny Cueto and four relievers held Arizona in check Tuesday while Ryan Ludwick hit a three-run homer to help NL Central-leading Cincinnati (51-39) to a 4-0 win, hours after Votto underwent surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left knee.
While Votto's loss - he's expected to miss three to four weeks - is a huge blow, the Reds remain confident while holding a one-game division lead over Pittsburgh.
"We've got the guys who can do it," outfielder Jay Bruce said. "The pressure's on, but we've got to step up."
Replacing Votto at first base, Todd Frazier struck out in each of his four at-bats Tuesday. Frazier's futility did not prove c...