Some rest and the activation of two players from the disabled list did the Reds well on Friday.
Fresh off its third off-day in a week, Cincinnati won its third game in a row by taking game one of the series against the San Diego Padres, 7-2, before 30,288 fans at Great American Ball Park.
One man who was instrumental in guiding the boys to victory was Joey Votto, who went 2-for-4, with two runs scored, two RBI, and a walk. Listen in on the video above to hear what the first basemen had to say about the win in a post-game interview on the field.
Also of note, Ryan Hanigan made the start at catcher after being activated prior to the game, and Jonathan Broxton closed the door in the ninth just two days after being pulled off the disabled list himself.
Bronson Arroyo pitched a gem to earn his 10th win of the campaign.