NEW YORK – Joey Votto’s remarkable home run tour reached the biggest city of them all.
The Reds first baseman hit a homer in his seventh consecutive game to help power his club to a 6-2 victory over the Mets on Friday at Citi Field. Cincinnati has won four games in a row and six of its last eight.
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. It was also his ninth homer in the past seven games.
Beginning with July 24 in Cincinnati and continuing through Chicago and now New York, Votto is only the eighth player in AL/NL history with a homer streak of seven games and the first since Kendrys Morales in 2018 for the Blue Jays. Votto equaled Barry Bonds (2004) in being the only players age 37 or older to hit homers in seven straight games.
The record of eight consecutive games with a home run is shared by Ken Griffey Jr. (1993), Don Mattingly (1987) and Dale Long (1956).
Votto has 11 homers in 25 games during July after he hit 11 over 54 games during the abbreviated 2020 season.
After Jonathan India hit a leadoff homer in the top of the first inning (and later added his second dinger in the ninth), Reds pitcher Sonny Gray survived a rocky bottom of the first — where his first four batters reached and the Mets scored a run. But Gray escaped a bases-loaded, no-out jam after that and it was the only earned run he allowed over six innings, with five hits, one walk and seven strikeouts.