Volquez, Votto Lead Reds Over Marlins

By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted May 13, 2008 11:15 PM CDT
Cincinnati Reds' Joey Votto (19) is congratulated by Adam Dunn (44) after Votto hit a solo home run against the Florida Marlins in the eighth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, May 13, 2008.   (AP Photo/Tony Tribble)
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(Newser) – Edinson Volquez pitched six effective innings, Joey Votto homered and the Cincinnati Reds earned a costly 5-3 victory over the Florida Marlins on Tuesday night. Reds shortstop Jeff Keppinger fouled a pitch off his leg in the second and X-rays revealed a broken left kneecap. He drew a bases-loaded walk to make it 2-0 and played defense in the third and fourth innings before departing.

The team said Keppinger is scheduled for an MRI exam Wednesday. Pinch-hitter Cody Ross homered in the eighth to cut Cincinnati's lead to 5-3, and Jeremy Hermida milked a leadoff walk in the ninth against Francisco Cordero. Hermida advanced to second on a wild pitch but Cordero retired Hanley Ramirez and Jorge Cantu on groundouts and struck out Dan Uggla for his seventh save.