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Iglesias, Votto lead Reds to first series win since July

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Joey Votto continued one of the best second half performances in baseball history with a go-ahead three-run homer in the Reds 7-4 win over the Cubs on Wednesday afternoon. It was the Reds first series win since July 27-29 when they took two of three from the Cardinals.

“It feels great,” said Reds manager Bryan Price. “Even though we’re in last place, it’s nice to have a real good series here.”

Raisel Iglesias struck out ten batters and gave up two earned runs over seven innings. Iglesias has struck ten or more batters in his last three starts – a franchise first for a Reds rookie.

“He’s mature for his years,” Price said on Iglesias. “He’s getting better every time he takes the ball. He’s managing the game so well.”

Iglesias walked away with no decision after reliever J.J. Hoover gave up a two-run home run to Kris Bryant in the bottom of the eighth with the Reds leading 4-2. In the top of the ninth, Cincinnati (55-77) finally caught a break. Jay Bruce hit a two-out grounder towards third base that went through Bryant’s legs for the only error of the game. That opened the door for Votto to step up and uncork the game-winning three-run home run.

“He certainly knows how to hit in the ninth when we need a homer,” said Price on Votto. “He smoked that ball. It was great.”

Since the All-Star Break, Votto leads the majors with a .399 battering average and a .576 OBP. Votto’s 27th homer of the season set the stage for Aroldis Chapman’s 27th save of the season.

“For us to come out and put a three-spot on them that way and then Chapman being electric was special,” said Votto.

Iglesias recorded his first career triple and first career RBI in the win. The Reds return home to host the Brewers for a three-game set on Friday.  

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