Votto at heart of Reds’ historic 5-HR barrage

CINCINNATI — Of all the Reds who homered Friday night vs. the Rockies, Joey Votto appeared to enjoy his the most. In the third inning of Cincinnati’s 11-5 victory at Great American Ball Park, Votto’s long ball was potentially the backbreaker for Colorado.

It was already a 4-0 game when the batter ahead of Votto, Tyler Stephenson, hit a possible double-play grounder to third base that went through the legs of Ryan McMahon for an error. Two pitches later, Votto slugged Kyle Freeland’s 0-1 pitch to left-center field for a three-run homer.

“In that instance, my celebration was genuine joy,” Votto said. “I was happy to be a part of the team’s success, happy to succeed individually. It was just joy, a relief.”

Votto watched the ball head into the seats, and after rounding the bases to make it a 7-0 lead, ripped his helmet off and triumphantly yelled towards the crowd, gave emphatic high-fives to teammates and let out a “Wooo!” as he entered the dugout.

“I just want to do well,” Votto said. “Earlier in the season, Jonathan India hit a home run — I think it was his first Major League home run — and while we were playing first and second a few days ago, I told him I admired his show of passion early in the year and I felt like it was something I wanted to add to my game and something I feel…

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