Votto helps Reds stay alive for WC spot

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CINCINNATI (AP) Joey Votto homered twice and drove in four runs, and the Cincinnati Reds pounded the Pittsburgh Pirates 13-1 on Wednesday to stay alive in the race for the second NL wild card.

Nick Castellanos, rookie Jonathan India and Eugenio Suarez also connected as Cincinnati (82-75) posted its fourth straight victory, clinching a second straight winning season. Castellanos had five RBIs, and India finished with four hits and scored four times.

"I'd be lying if I said Nick and I weren't competing. Competition is in our nature. When he drives in runs it doesn't affect me. I still have my chances," Votto said. "I'm taking more chances and with that comes more outs but I knew I could hit more home runs and drive in more runs."


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2t D. Cease, CWS13
2t C. Flexen, Sea13
2t S. Matz, Tor13
2t F. Montas, Oak13
2t R. Ray, Tor13
2t H. Ryu, Tor13
8t C. Bassitt, Oak12
8t J. Berríos, Tor12
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2 A. Wainwright, StL16
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4t K. Gausman, SF14
4t K. Hendricks, ChC14
4t Z. Wheeler, Phi14
8t M. Fried, Atl13
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