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Joey Votto homers in sixth straight game Thursday

Reds slugger has hit 8 homers in 6 games
Joey Votto, the Cincinnati Reds’ all-star first baseman seen in a file photo, homered in the...
Joey Votto, the Cincinnati Reds’ all-star first baseman seen in a file photo, homered in the first inning of Thursday’s game at the Chicago Cubs.(Provided by the Cincinnati Reds)
Published: Jul. 29, 2021 at 2:50 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 29, 2021 at 4:08 PM EDT
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(WAVE) - Joey Votto, the Cincinnati Reds all-star first baseman, homered in the first inning of Thursday’s game at the Chicago Cubs.

It marked the sixth straight game in which Votto has hit a home run, a new Reds record. He has hit a home run in every game since Saturday, including two Tuesday and two Wednesday, for a total of eight homers in six games.

Votto smashed a 1-1 pitch from Cubs starter Alec Mills over the wall in right-centerfield at Wrigley Field on a sunny afternoon in the Windy City, prompting a “Joey Votto, force of nature” call from the Bally Sports Cincinnati broadcast crew.

The homer gave the visitors a 2-0 lead early in the NL Central showdown. The Reds (53-49) have won two of the first three games of the four-game series, and are five games back in the NL wild-card race, with the Cubs (50-53) three and a half behind them.

Votto’s home run was his 20th of the season, one behind team leader Jesse Winker.

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