Posted July 17, 2012 on AP on Fox
Right-hander Johnny Cueto showed no significant problem from his finger blister during six shutout innings Tuesday night, and Ryan Ludwick hit a three-run homer that sent the Cincinnati Reds to their first victory without Joey Votto, 4-0 over the Arizona Diamondbacks. Votto had surgery earlier in the day to repair torn cartilage in his left knee, sidelining the former National League MVP for up to a month. Cueto (11-5) threw 105 pitches, an indication that a blister he developed on his right index finger last week wasn't bothering him. He gave up four hits and walked four. Aroldis Chapman came on with two aboard and two outs in the ninth and fanned Aaron Hill on four fastballs - the last one 101 mph - for his 14th save in 18 chances. Arizona's Trevor Bauer (1-2), the first of the 2011 amateur draft picks to reach the majors, had the roughest time in his four starts so far. The 21-year-old pitcher lasted only three innings, gave up four runs, walked five, threw two wild pitches a...
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