Joey Votto came into Friday's game 0-for-his-last-13.
Votto went 2-for-2 with a two-run home run that was the difference in the game in the Reds' 3-2 victory over the baseball's hottest team the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday night before a crowd of 33778 at Great American Ball Park.
"He came through at the right time" Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "That's what the big boys do. You can't hold a good man down too long especially such a talented man and a determined man."
Votto was a happy man afterward.
"I was trying to put on a little show for the Great 8. I'm sure they weren't watching" he said referring to the starters from 1975-76 World Championship team who were honored after the game.
If Votto was the star Friday Mike Leake was the the co-star.
Leake also came into Saturday's game struggling. He pitched 7 2/3 inning solid innings for his 12th victory equaling a career-high. Leake allowed two runs on five hits. He walked one and struck out five. He retired 13 in a row and 16 ...