Reds Roll to 9th Straight Home Win

CINCINNATI -- Joey Votto and the Reds continued their hot hitting in a 9-1 victory over the Pirates at Great American Ball Park on Wednesday night.
Votto went 3-for-3 with two RBIs and three runs scored, extending his hitting streak to six games as the Reds notched their ninth consecutive home victory and climbed a half-game ahead of the Pirates into fifth place in the National League Central.

The Reds haven't won 10 straight home games since their last 10 home games of the 1978 season.

Cincinnati distanced itself early and erupted for six runs in the first inning, building a 6-0 lead that was never threatened. Pirates starter Tom Gorzelanny lasted just two-thirds of an inning -- the shortest outing of his career.

Jerry Hairston Jr. led off with a single to left, and Paul Janish followed with a walk. After a double steal, Ken Griffey Jr. plated Hairston with a sacrifice fly to left field.

Adam Dunn drew a walk, and Edwin Encarnacion drove in Janish with a double to the left-field wall. Joey Votto followed with a two-run, broken-bat single to shallow left and set up David Ross' two-run home run that went 383 feet into the right-center-field seats.

Bronson Arroyo (4-4) continued his winning ways with an impressive six-inning performance in which he gave up just one run on three hits with four walks and six strikeouts. Arroyo hasn't lost in his past five starts.