CINCINNATI — The Cincinnati Reds sent nine batters to the plate in the first inning and scored four runs, and Joey Votto later homered in a 7-4 victory over Arizona.
It was only the second win in eight games for the Reds, who had fallen to .500 for the first time since May 8.
Reds starter Mike Leake (3-0) didn't get off a a good start, the norm for Cincinnati pitchers lately. Brian Roberts doubled and scored on Stephen Drew's single for a 1-0 lead — the fifth game in a row that a Reds starter allowed at least one run in the first inning. The Reds have given up 23 runs in the first inning, the most in the majors.
Arizona's Daniel Hudson (0-4) was far worse in the bottom half of the inning, throwing 37 pitches. He walked Jay Bruce and Paul Janish with the bases loaded to force in runs, and gave up a two-run single by Miguel Cairo. Votto hit his third homer in the fifth, helping the Reds pull away.
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"I can't keep putting my team in a deficit and expect them to fight their way out of it," Hudson said.
Francisco Cordero came on with a four-run lead in the ninth and gave up a homer by Drew, a single and a walk before coaxing a groundout.