CINCINNATI (AP) -- Joey Votto's first hit of the season wasn't all that pretty, but the timing and placement were perfect.
Votto's hard grounder deflected off the glove of first baseman Albert Pujols and drove in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning Wednesday night, sending the Cincinnati Reds to a 5-4 victory over the Los Angeles Angels.
Brandon Phillips hit a three-run homer in his new role as Cincinnati's cleanup hitter, and Votto provided the clincher with his first hit after an 0-for-6 start to the season.
"It's important to get that first win and get the winning going," Votto said.
His game-winning hit left the teams even heading into the finale of the first interleague series to start a season. The Angels won the opener 3-1 in 13 innings.
"I loved the way we played on opening day," Phillips said. "This team never gives up. Everybody picks each other up. We stayed in the game and got it done."
Left-hander Scott Downs (0-1) came on to start the ninth and hit Shin-S...