Votto leads Reds to 5-2 win, 4-game sweep of Cardinals


Cincinnati Reds' Scooter Gennett is hoisted by teammate Eugenio Suarez after Gennett tied the Major League Baseball record by slamming his fourth home run of the night in Tuesday's 13-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in Cincinnati.

Toronto's Carlos Delgado had 299 homers before he hit four against Tampa Bay on September 25, 2003.

Bronson Arroyo had yielded a.743 OPS to opposing batters the first time he's faced them in games this year compared to a.984 OPS the second time he's faced them.

Feldman (5-4) limited the Cardinals' slumping lineup to four singles in seven shutout innings. Rasiel Iglesis earned his 12th save. Leake has made six career starts against his former team, going 0-3 with a 4.95 ERA.

Duvall had an RBI double in the fifth, Scooter Gennett followed with an RBI single and Yadier Molina's throwing error let in another run. Cozart then doubled down the LF line to chase Cecil in favor of Trevor Rosenthal, which was music to Votto's ears as he mashed the go-ahead 2-run homer to put Cincinnati ahead, 6-4.

Going into this past off-season, one clearly stated goal of the Reds baseball management - general manager Dick Williams and manager Bryan Price - was upgrading the team's bench. Four others had at least 200 homers at the time of their four-homer game: Bob Horner (201), Lou Gehrig (240), Chuck Klein (242) and Willie Mays (281).

Leake escaped harm in the fourth when the Reds loaded the bases with no outs. Los Angeles has won six straight games with Kershaw starting, and Washington has also won six consecutive when Strasburg has pitched. They outscored the Cardinals 28-9 during the sweep. Some seasons, he barely hit four homers at all - he reached double digits only once and had 38 in his career heading into the game.

Josh Hamilton was the most recent player to hit four homers in one game, for Texas against Baltimore in May 2012. He's done it 22 times. He's 11 for 22 career off him. He went 1-for-4 with a homer and walk Wednesday. Leake allowed a season-high 10 hits in five innings. With the offense clicking and the defense and bullpen coming through on a daily basis, the Reds feel like with a few healthy starting pitchers back, they could make a move in the National League Central.

Bailey, who had arthroscopic surgery in February to remove bone spurs from his right elbow, is beginning a rehab assignment with a start for Double-A Pensacola on Friday.

Cardinals: Michael Wacha (2-3) faces the Phillies' Jeremy Hellickson (5-3) as the Cardinals open a seven-game homestand. Cardinals 3, Reds 0. The Reds have lost their last six games and their last five series at Dodger Stadium.