Cincinnati, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Joey Votto smacked a game-winning solo home run in the bottom of the ninth inning and the Cincinnati Reds defeated the Colorado Rockies, 4-3, in the opener of a three-game set.
Votto worked a 3-0 count against Boone Logan (1-1) to lead off the inning before launching his fifth blast of the season -- all against left-handed pitchers --, a towering shot off the luxury suites in straightaway center field. It was his fourth career walk-off homer.
"In a tie game, he has the green light," Reds manager Bryan Price said.
Colorado's Nolan Arenado, who went 0-for-3, had his franchise-record 28- game hitting streak broken.
He worked an eight-pitch, one-out walk after being down 0-2 in his final at- bat in the top of the ninth and then scored when Justin Morneau sliced a double into the gap in left-center to tie the game at 3-3.
Morneau, though, was stranded at second following Jordan Pacheco's fly out to left and DJ LeMahieu's groundout to second.
Jonathan Broxton (1-0) was credited with the win despite suffering his first blown save of the year. Starter Johnny Cueto struck out eight and surrendered a pair of runs on five hits and a walk over eight innings.
"We knew we had to scratch and claw. We battled every at-bat and made him earn every out," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said of Cueto.
Todd Frazier cracked a 485-foot solo homer for the Reds, who broke a two-game skid.
Troy Tulowitzki belted a solo shot for Colorado, which has dropped two straight on the heels of a 6-1 stretch.
The Reds plated a run in the first and second to jump out to a 2-0 lead before the Rockies pushed across a run in the fourth and another in the fifth to knot it.
Skip Schumaker led off the first with a double, advanced to third on a Brayan Pena groundout and scored on Brandon Phillips' sacrifice fly to center. Frazier's leadoff blast to center in the second gave the Reds their two-run cushion.
Tulowitzki began the fourth by cracking a leadoff shot into the Reds' bullpen, while Charlie Blackmon's RBI single in the fifth made it 2-2.
Billy Hamilton scored on Pena's sacrifice fly in the eighth.