Votto’s HR in 7th straight game leads Reds

NEW YORK – Joey Votto’s remarkable home run tour reached the biggest city of them all.

The first baseman hit a homer in his seventh consecutive game to help power the Reds to a 6-2 victory over the Mets on Friday at Citi Field.

“It’s amazing. He is a Hall of Famer in my eyes,” said Reds second baseman Jonathan India, who hit two home runs in the game and was still overshadowed by Votto. “What he’s doing right now is special. It’s special to watch because it’s later in his career and he’s doing this? It’s turning into an MVP season. It’s beautiful for me to watch, first-hand.”

India gave the Reds a 1-0 lead with a leadoff homer in the first inning and Jesse Winker gave them a 2-1 lead with a two-out RBI single that scored India in the fifth.

Votto, 37, was leading off in the sixth inning against freshly summoned Mets reliever Drew Smith when he lifted a 2-0 fastball to center field for his 21st homer of the season and a 3-1 Cincinnati lead. According to Statcast, the ball left Votto’s bat at 102.2 mph and traveled a projected 423 feet.

“There’s some special hitters out there, and this is one of them. What he’s doing right now is incredible,” Mets manager Luis Rojas said. “I thought we pitched him carefully today. It happened that Drew fell into that 2-0 count, and he had…

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