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Votto heats up for Reds
Monday, April 22, 2013 11:00 AM
CINCINNATI (AP) - Among the few people not concerned with Joey Votto's home-run drought were the first baseman his Cincinnati Reds teammates.
Votto seems to be getting hot and shaking off his power outage. He homered and got three hits for the second straight day, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Miami Marlins 10-6 Sunday for their sixth win in seven games.
Votto missed 48 games last season with a knee injury, and his April 14 homer against Pittsburgh was his first since June 24. He's homered in back-to-back games for the first time since Sept. 10-11, 2011, at Colorado.
Votto is 7 for 11 in his last two games, raising his batting average to .328 and his NL-leading on-base percentage to .522, just teammate Shin-Soo Choo's .523. The 2010 NL MVP, Votto reached 24 homers in four of his previous five full seasons. "
Manager Dusty Baker said he had faith Votto's power would return.
"I told you he was going to hit," Baker said. "Everybody was more worried than we were. Water seeks its own level. If you can hit, you'll hit. You don't just stop hitting."
Brandon Phillips drove in the go-ahead run for the second straight day and Todd Frazier hit a three-run double in an eight-run seventh inning for the Reds.
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