By: Seth Graham
Johnny Cueto threw his first complete game of the season in shutout fashion as the Reds topped the Nationals, 5-0.
Along the way, Cueto only gave up two hits and struck out 11 batters. Joey Votto homered and drove in three, finishing only a triple away from hitting for the cycle.
The Reds got to work early on Max Sherzer scratching across two runs in the first inning. Brandon Phillips started the inning with a single to left and advanced to second on an error. Votto followed that up with a double to deep right that scored Phillips. After a Todd Frazier strike out, Jay Bruce tripled to deep right center field to score Votto and give the Reds an early two-run cushion.
The Reds extended the lead to five in the fifth and Cueto took the game over from that point on. The Reds' ace started the bottom of the fifth giving up a triple, but recovered by starting a strike out streak that would eventually reach five in a row.
With the win, the Reds continue their domination of the Nationals going 5-0 in head-to-head match-ups this season.
The Reds will look to take a season sweep of the Nats Wednesday with Michael Lorenzen on the mound for the Reds.
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