Reds’ Cuetto throws 2-hit shutout


Votto homers, knocks in three runs

Associated Press



Votto homers, knocks in three runs

Associated Press

AP photo Cincinnati pitcher Johnny Cueto (47) throws against the Nationals during Tuesday’s game in Washington.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2015/07/web1_07.08.15.reds1C.jpgAP photo Cincinnati pitcher Johnny Cueto (47) throws against the Nationals during Tuesday’s game in Washington.

WASHINGTON — Johnny Cueto pitched a two-hitter with 11 strikeouts, Joey Votto homered and drove in three runs and the Cincinnati Reds beat Max Scherzer and the Washington Nationals 5-0 Tuesday night.

The potential pitching duel between Cueto and Scherzer never materialized. Cueto kept up his end — retiring the final 15 batters in his first complete game of the year — but Scherzer struggled from the outset.

One day after being named to the NL All-Star team, Scherzer (9-7) gave up five runs and seven hits in 4 2-3 innings, his shortest outing in more than a year. The five runs were more than the right-hander allowed in his previous four games combined, a stretch that included a no-hitter and a one-hitter.

Votto was the main culprit. He doubled in a run in the first inning, hit a solo homer in the third and added an RBI single in the fifth.

Cueto (6-5) threw 122 pitches in his 11th career complete game. It was the 30th start in the last two seasons in which the right-hander allowed no more than two runs over at least seven innings.

Cueto is among the candidates vying to earn a spot on the All-Star roster via a final vote from the fans, and this performance certainly didn’t hurt his bid.

Jay Bruce had two hits and an RBI for the Reds, who will try for a 6-0 sweep of the season series Wednesday night.

Scherzer gave up two runs before getting two outs. After Brandon Phillips opened the game with a single, Votto hit an RBI double and scored on a triple by Bruce.

Votto made it 3-0 in the third with his 15th home run, a drive that soared over the right-field wall into the Washington bullpen.

Cincinnati used an RBI single by Votto and a sacrifice fly by Todd Frazier to chase Scherzer in the fifth. He entered the game with a 1.82 ERA and left at 2.12.

Trainer’s room

Reds: LHP Tony Cingrani (strained left shoulder) was scheduled to pitch for Triple-A Louisville on Tuesday night. … RHP Anthony DeSclafani is expected to make his next start despite experiencing tightness in his hip region during Monday’s start.

Nationals: CF Denard Span (back spasms) and 2B Yunel Escobar (hamstring strain) were both held out of the game. Span received an MRI and will be seeing a specialist for the recurring injury. “It’s been very frustrating, to say the least,” Span said.

On deck

Reds: Rookie right-hander Michael Lorenzen (3-3, 3.58) makes his 12th big league start in the series finale Wednesday night. He beat the Nationals 8-2 on May 31.

Nationals: Gio Gonzalez (6-4, 4.16) has allowed one earned run in his last two starts for a 0.64 ERA.

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